FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PESTICIDE DRIFT
Can drift occur even if damage to plant foliage doesn't appear?
YES! Drift often occurs at a level that does not cause damage to leaves or other plant material. However, that does not mean pesticide drift did not occur. Pesticides can still be present even if leaves do not curl or plants do not die.
It is the responsibility of the IDOA to determine if pesticide drift occurred. If you suspect drift, even if you do not see damage, file the official complaint with the IDOA. When the inspector arrives, insist samples from the area of drift are taken so they can be lab tested for pesticide.
Does it cost me anything to file a complaint?
NO. Filing a complaint does not cost you any money.
If the inspector takes foliage samples, it does not cost you any money to have those lab samples analyzed. The IDOA works for the citizens of Illinois. Utilize this public service tool and file your official complaint when you suspect pesticide drift.
If you think drift happened on your property, insist the inspector take samples of the most likely areas affected.
What legal action can I take if I have been a victim of pesticide drift?
If you have sustained damage to your property due to pesticide drift, you can file an insurance claim against the private applicator or the company that employed the applicator. However, you do need to have proof pesticide drift occurred and that is obtained by filing the official complaint with the IDOA.