Depending on the complexity and severity of a case, it may take the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) up to six (6) months to investigate a pesticide complaint, which must be filed in writing. If you file a complaint, or a complaint has been filed against you, here is what to expect:
The MDA receives approximately 150 pesticide-related complaints per year. Approximately 66 percent of cases warrant an investigation. Of those, 25 to 30 percent are closed without action because allegations of pesticide drift or misuse could not be substantiated.
During 2012 to 2014, about 30 percent of all complaints received related to pesticide drift. A number of these complaints involve lawn care applications in urban settings.
Of the total complaints received annually, approximately 40 percent result in financial penalties.