Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse and Pesticide Administrator Christopher Wade are warning Delawareans of people impersonating farmers and agricultural pesticide applicators coming door to door.

In the scam, the homeowner is told that they must leave their house for a period of 12 hours while the individual sprays crops in the nearby vicinity.

There are some indicators that these visits are a scam in an attempt to get the homeowner to leave their house unattended. There are currently no agricultural pesticide spraying practices in Delaware that would require one to leave their home. An agricultural pesticide applicator is required to prevent drift when spraying.

The Department of Agriculture cautions homeowners to be vigilant by not opening doors to unfamiliar persons, to take notice of one’s surroundings and to report suspicious people in the neighborhood or on the property to the local authorities.