In 2016, Maryland became the first state to pass legislation through its General Assembly that restricts consumers from using neonicotinoids, which will go into effect in 2018. Under the Pollinator Protection Act, consumers will not be able to buy pesticides that contain neonicotinoids. Certified pesticide applicators, farmers and veterinarians will be still be allowed to use neonicotinoids. However, under the law, certified pesticide applicators on golf courses must follow pollinator-protection language on pesticide labels. Therefore, certified pesticide applicators must be aware of honey bee toxicity groups and able to understand precautionary statements. IPM principles recommend keeping records of all pest control activity for reference on past infestations or other problems to select the best course of action in the future.