Endangered Species

When looking at CEU information for my applicator licensing, I came across the EPA Endangered Species website. I had no idea that some pesticide labels instruct the Certified Applicator to refer to this. It is meant to protect all things considered to be “going out of style”… well, extinct.

There are 93 insects in this list. Many of them are types of butterflies and a few bees. The only insect from my home state of Kansas on this list is the American Burying Beetle.

American Burying Beetle

Hawaii has a delicate ecosystem that is worth saving. Many insects on the endangered and threatened list are from this area, such as a kind of Sphinx moth.

Blackburn’s Sphinx Moth

Twelve arachnids are considered endangered and 10 of them are from the Austin, Texas area.

Tooth cave Pseudoscorpion

Various mice, rats, voles, and pocket gophers made the list too.

Alabama Beach Mouse

Fifty-one kinds of snails are threatened or endangered. I know you hate it when they go after your rodent bait, but depending on your location, you might just have to leave them be.

Virginia Fringed Mountain Snail

Geese, ducks, finches, quail, owls, sparrows, and other birds are protected, too. Sometimes we just have to tolerate them.

Masked Bobwhite Quail

I don’t like amphibians, but 38 different frogs, toads, and salamanders have to be kept out of harms way. Reptiles are another group I could do without, but the United States Fish and Wildlife service thinks they should be given a reprieve.

During our peak summer pest control season, our customers request mosquito services. Gambusia fish are infrequently used to control mosquitoes, and two species of this fish are endangered.

Big Bend Gambusia


Pesticides are a great tool for managing the unwanted insect, rodent, or bird populations. We have to remember that use of these tools come with consequences when handled incorrectly. This is just another reason to always read the label. They change all the time.

When your chosen product label says to refer to the Endangered Species list, take the time to read the list. You can find it here: http://www.fws.gov

Published by Melisa Arnold, A.C.E.

My career in pest management began while working in a flour mill as the “in-house” technician in 2008. I am certified in multiple states. I began working full time as a fumigation-pest control tech in 2010. I achieved my Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) in 2018. I have a Master Tech certification from Kansas State University/Kansas Pest Control Association. I hold a Bat Management certification from NWCOA. Every day, I realize how much I DON’T KNOW. My goal for this blog is to share my every day experiences from the field and to make us all think outside the box for solutions to make pest control make sense.

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