National Pesticide Information Center

National Pesticide Information Center We maintain a whole library of information about pesticides. Call us with your questions today! 1-800-858-7378 8am-noon PT M-F The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) is a collaboration between Oregon State University and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
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NPIC provides objective, science-based information about a wide variety of pesticide-related topics, including pesticide product information, information on the recognition and management of pesticide poisonings, toxicology and environmental chemistry. NPIC provides free information via a toll-free number (1-800-858-7378) to anyone in the United States, Puerto-Rico, and the Virgin Islands including the general public, medical, veterinary, and other professionals. NPIC operates from 8:00am to 12:00pm PST, Monday through Friday. Pesticide information is also available at NPIC's website, or via email ([email protected]). Highly trained specialists can provide referrals for the following: laboratory analysis, investigation of pesticide incidents, emergency treatment information, safety information, health and environmental effects, and clean-up and disposal procedures. NPIC also produces pesticide fact sheets, frequently-asked questions and podcasts. NPIC provides service in over 170 different languages including Mandarin, French and German along with in house Spanish speaking specialists to assist with pesticide questions. NPIC provides free, full color outreach materials in English and Spanish including: informational brochures, tear-off fliers, and informational fliers upon request. Telephone: 800-858-7378

Website: http://npic.orst.edu

Email: [email protected]

Address: 310 Weniger Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331-6502

The National Pesticide Information Center was previously known as the "National Pesticide Telecommunication Network".

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Putting pesticides in unmarked containers can be a high risk to others that may find them. Always keep pesticides in the...
03/25/2021

Putting pesticides in unmarked containers can be a high risk to others that may find them. Always keep pesticides in the original container to lessen the risk of poisonings. Find out more at: http://npic.orst.edu/health/storage.html

Pet spot-on products are pesticides and can transfer to children, adults, and other animals after being applied. Keep th...
03/23/2021

Pet spot-on products are pesticides and can transfer to children, adults, and other animals after being applied. Keep the animal separated from children and other pets until the treatment has dried. For more tips: http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/petspest.html #NPPW21

03/22/2021
American Association of Poison Control Centers

Find out what steps you can take to create a safe environment for your children and prevent poisonings in the home.

Every day, young kids surprise their families by getting into medicine. In fact, every hour 5 children under age 6 are seen in emergency rooms for medicine poisoning. Kick off Poison Prevention Week with Dr. Katie Donnelly, an emergency room doctor at Children’s National Hospital, and Linda Kalin, a safety expert at the American Association of Poison Control Centers, who will share practical tips and answer questions to help you create a safe environment for your curious kids.

Many people enjoy growing orchids for their gorgeous flowers. However, orchids can be quite sensitive to pesticides. Con...
03/10/2021

Many people enjoy growing orchids for their gorgeous flowers. However, orchids can be quite sensitive to pesticides. Consider trying integrated pest management first https://bit.ly/2VlpFGs. Make sure any product you use says it can be used on orchids. For help in identifying and managing pests on orchids, try your county extension agent or master gardener https://bit.ly/37eUVwg.

The label on pesticide Diatomaceous Earth tells you where and how to use it. It has first aid instructions if something ...
03/04/2021

The label on pesticide Diatomaceous Earth tells you where and how to use it. It has first aid instructions if something goes wrong. It passed a risk assessment before it could be registered and sold. If you follow the label, it should be effective and have low risk. Other types of DE, like “food grade”, don’t have the same guidance. See https://bit.ly/36TYF76 for more!

Many people realize that bees need protection, but there are many other beautiful and beneficial insects out there! Cons...
03/01/2021

Many people realize that bees need protection, but there are many other beautiful and beneficial insects out there! Consider using integrated pest management https://bit.ly/2VlpFGs to manage undesirable species while reducing risks to others. Your county extension office https://bit.ly/37eUVwg can share information on how to create habitat for all desirable insects, even the ugly ones.

Before you bring in your new animal family member, check to ensure that dangerous items such as pesticides, poisonous pl...
02/24/2021

Before you bring in your new animal family member, check to ensure that dangerous items such as pesticides, poisonous plants, and medications are safely out of reach. Talk to your veterinarian about common pests on pets such as fleas or ticks in your area and how to best manage them.

Rodenticides are often flavored with peanut butter, molasses, or other things to make the bait taste good. Dogs and smal...
02/20/2021

Rodenticides are often flavored with peanut butter, molasses, or other things to make the bait taste good. Dogs and small children may find them irresistible! Keep all rodenticides and other baits inaccessible to pets and people.

Wash your hands thoroughly after using or handling a pesticide, even if you wore gloves. Use plenty of soap and warm wat...
02/12/2021

Wash your hands thoroughly after using or handling a pesticide, even if you wore gloves. Use plenty of soap and warm water. Good hand hygiene can protect you against viruses, too!

When using a pesticide, follow the instructions for how much to apply. Making it stronger or spraying more won't help, a...
02/11/2021

When using a pesticide, follow the instructions for how much to apply. Making it stronger or spraying more won't help, and it may lead to higher risks. More is not better!

Birds might eat undissolved pesticide granules. Make sure any granules have dissolved and the treated areas have dried b...
02/10/2021

Birds might eat undissolved pesticide granules. Make sure any granules have dissolved and the treated areas have dried before letting people, pets, or livestock enter. Give your chickens clean food and water away from the treated area.

Ants aren't just at picnics! All the same, many species are very beneficial. If you have an ant problem, the first step ...
02/08/2021

Ants aren't just at picnics! All the same, many species are very beneficial. If you have an ant problem, the first step is to identify the ant. Your county extension service can help! https://bit.ly/37eUVwg Once you know the species, you can choose a good control strategy.

If you have old pesticides or chemicals in your garage you do not need, dispose of them properly. Some products may have...
02/03/2021

If you have old pesticides or chemicals in your garage you do not need, dispose of them properly. Some products may have specific disposal info. Check your label for more details, or our page about pesticide disposal for help.
http://npic.orst.edu/health/disposal.html

Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) controls insects like mosquitoes, caterpillars, and beetles. Each strain is specific to a pa...
02/01/2021

Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) controls insects like mosquitoes, caterpillars, and beetles. Each strain is specific to a particular pest.

How does it work and are there risks? Check out our new infographic for more information. http://npic.orst.edu/outreach/btstrains-infographic.png

If you use disinfectants in your home, follow the label and wear protective gear. The contact time (how long the surface...
01/27/2021

If you use disinfectants in your home, follow the label and wear protective gear. The contact time (how long the surface stays wet) and where to use the product are on the label. For more information, go to our COVID-19 page. http://npic.orst.edu/ingred/ptype/amicrob/covid19.html

Some pests are able to knock over trash cans in search of food. Limit pests near your home by securing trash cans or kee...
01/13/2021

Some pests are able to knock over trash cans in search of food. Limit pests near your home by securing trash cans or keeping lids on them. Call NPIC for information about keeping rodents and other pests out of your trash.

The EPA reviews all pesticides and registers them before they can be sold in the US. During the review, EPA performs ris...
01/11/2021

The EPA reviews all pesticides and registers them before they can be sold in the US. During the review, EPA performs risk assessments based on toxicity data and the specific label instructions. States cannot remove any restrictions set by EPA, and they cannot register a product rejected by EPA. They can add more restrictions, however. State agencies are usually responsible for enforcement of the label. For more information, see https://bit.ly/3l6lDMs

No! But all pesticides are regulated by the EPA. A few products are exempt from registration IF they meet certain requir...
01/08/2021

No! But all pesticides are regulated by the EPA. A few products are exempt from registration IF they meet certain requirements. They must have ingredients from a very specific list. They cannot make public health claims or have false or misleading statements. There are other requirements, too. See https://bit.ly/2V3K96E for more information.

Some pesticide products can be used indoors, but many can only be used outdoors. Outdoor-only products may contain ingre...
01/06/2021

Some pesticide products can be used indoors, but many can only be used outdoors. Outdoor-only products may contain ingredients that pose too high a risk for indoor use. There is much less ventilation inside than out, and we spend many hours of our lives in our homes. Our risk of exposure is greater indoors. Pesticides also don't break down easily inside a home. Only use indoor products inside!

If someone told you to use pyrethrins on your plants, will the same product work with houseplants? It may not! The other...
01/04/2021

If someone told you to use pyrethrins on your plants, will the same product work with houseplants? It may not! The other ingredients in a pesticide product also affect where it can be used. The other ingredients often make up most of the product. There may be products with pyrethrins that can only be used outside. Read the label first to be sure!

Hopefully you are staying safe and warm this holiday season. We will be closed December 25th to January 3rd. If you have...
12/29/2020

Hopefully you are staying safe and warm this holiday season. We will be closed December 25th to January 3rd. If you have any questions, email us at: [email protected] or call us at 800.858.7378 and leave a voicemail. We will get back to you when we return to the at-home office.

Hopefully you are staying safe and warm this holiday season. We will be closed December 25th to January 3rd. If you have...
12/25/2020

Hopefully you are staying safe and warm this holiday season. We will be closed December 25th to January 3rd. If you have any questions, email us at: [email protected] or call us at 800.858.7378 and leave a voicemail. We will get back to you when we return to the at-home office.

Can an outdoor product be used indoors? No, not even if you can spray the same plant outside. Either the risks associate...
12/23/2020

Can an outdoor product be used indoors? No, not even if you can spray the same plant outside. Either the risks associated with that product are too high for indoor use, or it was never evaluated for use indoors. We don't know the risks! Not sure if you can use it inside? Check first! Call the manufacturer or NPIC!

Integrated pest management isn't just for the garden, it is a great approach for houseplants, too! Using IPM tactics can...
12/22/2020

Integrated pest management isn't just for the garden, it is a great approach for houseplants, too! Using IPM tactics can help reduce the need to use pesticides indoors, reducing risks. For more, see https://bit.ly/2VlpFGs or contact your local nursery or county extension office https://bit.ly/37eUVwg.

The label says, "Hazards to Humans and Domestic Animals"- Is this really safe?? Understanding how to read a label is an ...
12/18/2020

The label says, "Hazards to Humans and Domestic Animals"- Is this really safe?? Understanding how to read a label is an important part of reducing the risks and maximizing the benefits of using a pesticide. There are standard parts to a label to help us know where to look for information. For more, see https://bit.ly/37jAxug.

If you opt for a pesticide, make sure it is labeled for indoor use on houseplants before you use it. You may also want t...
12/16/2020

If you opt for a pesticide, make sure it is labeled for indoor use on houseplants before you use it. You may also want to take steps to limit your exposure. For more information, see https://bit.ly/3qgW6nG

Battling aphids or fungus gnats, but worried about your cat, who snacks on your houseplants? Consider integrated pest ma...
12/15/2020

Battling aphids or fungus gnats, but worried about your cat, who snacks on your houseplants? Consider integrated pest management! See https://bit.ly/2VlpFGs If you do need to use a pesticide, you can reduce the risks to your pets. Click https://bit.ly/39t4jiI for tips on protecting pets.

Before you hit the button on the spray can, consider: Do you know what the pest is? Can you take care of it without usin...
12/08/2020

Before you hit the button on the spray can, consider: Do you know what the pest is? Can you take care of it without using a pesticide? Are you sure that the label of pesticide you want to use says it can be used indoors? If the answer to any of these questions is "I don't know", you might consider contacting NPIC or your local county extension office https://bit.ly/37eUVwg for help.

The first step in dealing with any pest is simple: know thy enemy. Need help identifying that tiny fly or little bug? Yo...
12/08/2020

The first step in dealing with any pest is simple: know thy enemy. Need help identifying that tiny fly or little bug? Your county extension service may be able to help! Consider snapping an image and sending it to your local extension office https://bit.ly/37eUVwg. Once you know the pest and its life cycle, you can determine the best course of action.

Ticks can be active year round in many parts of the country. Check with your local health department to learn if ticks a...
11/25/2020

Ticks can be active year round in many parts of the country. Check with your local health department to learn if ticks are active in fall and winter in your area. For more information about ticks and how to deal with them, see https://bit.ly/3jJYlLK

Before using a pesticide near water, check the label for environmental hazard statements and special directions for use....
11/23/2020

Before using a pesticide near water, check the label for environmental hazard statements and special directions for use. Never use a pesticide just before heavy rain or allow granules to remain on hard surfaces.

Before you spray your disinfectant, make sure you read the label so you know exactly where and how the product can be ap...
11/21/2020

Before you spray your disinfectant, make sure you read the label so you know exactly where and how the product can be applied. Many disinfectants are for surfaces only! Spraying those products in the air may increase health risks.

Some pests are special! To help protect native species, consider using integrated pest management as a pest control tool...
11/19/2020

Some pests are special! To help protect native species, consider using integrated pest management as a pest control tool for conservation. For more, see https://bit.ly/2TS44Vy

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Wondering if Picaridin is effective at repelling midges? (Apologies if not the place to post this question.)
Where is your post for washing pesticides off of our food? thank you in advance
I am trying to find information ,regarding the toxicity of glysophate. would a level of 23 micrograms per litre of liquid be considered toxic. does it have a cumulative effect in Humans,or is it excreted. I base this enquiry upon an article i read concerning Glysophate in imported drinks. Thank's.
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