A new law to regulate extermination in Israel has passed in the Knesset (Parliament). The Law for the Regulation of Sanitary Extermination, which was promoted by the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP), is aimed at reducing harm from pesticides to people and to the environment. Lawmakers unanimously approved it on Feb. 8, 2016.

​The legislation takes the place of Extermination Regulations to the Licensing of Business Law, which had set the criteria for both home and agricultural exterminations. (The law does not refer at all to agricultural exterminations.) It addresses many issues concerning pest control safety, such as the use of toxic gases, in a professional and up-to-date manner.

Environmental Protection Minister Avi Gabbay: "The Knesset passed an important law that will save lives today; it will improve safety of citizens and exterminators. I thank Knesset Member David Amsellem and members of the Internal Affairs Committee for their vigorous activities to ensure the law gets passed."

Among the provisions in the new Extermination Law:

  1. Exterminators must take a training course recognized by the MoEP before getting a license.
  2. Only licensed exterminators may work. (Currently, while the owner of the extermination company must be licensed, the worker who actually carries out the extermination does not have to be.)
  3. New types of licenses have been set; exterminators must have the proper license for the work they are conducting.
  4. Exterminators are obligated to try dealing with a pest problem in a non-chemical manner before using chemical pesticides.
  5. Anyone who carries out exterminations without a license or a special permit from the MoEP, or not in accordance with the law, will be fined.
  6. Business owners and local authorities that hire unlicensed exterminators can be fined.


The law goes into effect June 1, 2016, though certain provisions will only begin to be enforced in 2019.

Learn more about the new Extermination Law.