Flea extermination. Photo: Sagi Gavriel

Hiring an Exterminator? New Law Taking Effect
Flea extermination 
Photo: Sagi Gavriel 
Take note: A new law that takes effect June 1, 2016 means stricter requirements for exterminators. In accordance with the law, all workers who conduct exterminations will have to be licensed. Until now, the person who carried out the extermination job did not have to have a permit, though his/her employer did. Other provision relate to types of licenses and training requirements. See below for more elements of the law, in order to ensure that an extermination in your home is carried out as safely as possible.

Main Provisions of Exterminators Law

​The Law for the Regulation of the Practice of Pest Control is replacing  Extermination Regulations to the Licensing of Business Law. Note, there will be a transition period of three years, such that many of the provisions of the law do not take effect until 2019.

Some of the main elements of the law are:

  1. Anyone carrying out pest control work must be licensed by the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP). Under the Extermination Regulations, there were no exterminator licenses – only permits. Also, while workers who carried out exterminations were required to be employed by someone with a permit, the workers themselves did not have to have one. Those who already worked in extermination without permits before the law took effect may continue to work without permits until June 2019.
  2. Exterminators must complete a training course to receive an MoEP license. The MoEP will determine the curriculum for, and will oversee, the courses.
  3. There will be three types of licenses (as well as a military license, which is valid only for military bases):
    1. Domestic license. A holder of this license may only carry out pest control operations in homes and small offices, and in the public space of a residential building or office building that has up to 16 apartments or offices.
    2. Structures and open spaces license. A holder of this license is not limited to where he can carry out exterminations, but may not use gas for extermination purposes (fumigation).
    3. Fumigation license. A holder of this license may perform all types of pest control operations, including gas fumigation, which utilizes gaseous pesticides to kill pests.

Checklist Before Hiring an Exterminator

  1. Only hire exterminators authorized by the MoEP. Find them on the ministry’s list of licensed exterminators (Hebrew only).
  2. Check that the exterminator’s license (or permit) is valid, and that they are only doing the type of extermination permitted by their license/permit. 
  3. Get full details (name, ID number, phone number, other contact info) of the worker carrying out the extermination. Note that currently, this worker does not have to be licensed. However, the 2016 Law for the Regulation of Sanitary Extermination stipulates that by June 2019, all those who carry out exterminations will have to be licensed.

    Also get the name and contact info of his/her employer, who does have to be licensed.

  4. Be sure to get clear safety guidelines from the exterminator before the fumigation begins. For example, understand beforehand if and for how long you (and your pets) must be out of your home following the spraying.
  5. Be sure the exterminator explains to you how to safely clean your home following a fumigation. (Ex: wash the place with soap, air out the rooms by opening windows, etc.)
  6. Request a copy of the exterminator’s notes summarizing the details of the extermination, including the brand name of the substance used, the active ingredient and concentration of the substance used, the type of pest that was being exterminated, the name and signature of the worker carrying out the extermination, the name and license number of the authorized exterminator.
  7. If there is any concern whatsoever of poisoning, contact a doctor immediately.