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".

Mission: We provide science-based information about pesticides to all who inquire.

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Cockroaches can come into our homes in search of food and water. Find ways to make your home less accessible to them by ...
10/13/2020

Cockroaches can come into our homes in search of food and water. Find ways to make your home less accessible to them by sealing cracks and crevices. Secure food sources and limit water leakage to limit their presence. Find out more at: http://npic.orst.edu/pest/roach.html

Spinosad is made from a soil bacterium and is used to control insects (like this weevil) in a variety of settings. How c...
10/09/2020

Spinosad is made from a soil bacterium and is used to control insects (like this weevil) in a variety of settings. How can it be used, and what are the risks related to using spinosad? http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/spinosadgen.html

Pick-your-own fruit can be a fun and inexpensive way to buy fruit. Always wash the fruit under running water and scrub w...
10/08/2020

Pick-your-own fruit can be a fun and inexpensive way to buy fruit. Always wash the fruit under running water and scrub with a brush or rub with your hands to remove any pesticide residues. You can peel the fruit, too. http://npic.orst.edu/faq/fruitwash.html

What is Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) and will it control many insects? Bt is a soil bacterium that targets a specific pes...
10/06/2020

What is Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) and will it control many insects? Bt is a soil bacterium that targets a specific pest. Each strain may be used to kill different insects, like caterpillars. Find out more about the bacteria and how it can be used at: http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/btgen.html

Mothballs in the kitchen? Don't do it! Mothballs are meant to be used in airtight containers. Using them around food put...
10/05/2020

Mothballs in the kitchen? Don't do it! Mothballs are meant to be used in airtight containers. Using them around food puts people at risk from the toxic vapors, which may settle into food. Mothballs can be very toxic if eaten by someone or a pet. Always read and follow the label! https://bit.ly/2EFQCAa

Many states require programs in schools to control pests that minimize the risk to students. This integrated approach ma...
10/02/2020

Many states require programs in schools to control pests that minimize the risk to students. This integrated approach may be more effective and less expensive than conventional methods of pest control. Find out more at: http://npic.orst.edu/pest/schoolipm.html

Schools may require buses to be disinfected between uses. What are the risks related to having your children ride the bu...
09/30/2020

Schools may require buses to be disinfected between uses. What are the risks related to having your children ride the bus to school? Consider asking the school what they’re using and call us (800-858-7378) for more info.

For some, school is back in the classroom. What steps can you take to minimize your risks from disinfectants? Call us (8...
09/28/2020

For some, school is back in the classroom. What steps can you take to minimize your risks from disinfectants? Call us (800-858-7378) for more information.

Are you noticing damage on plants in your garden and you are not sure who the culprit is? Contact your local County Exte...
09/25/2020

Are you noticing damage on plants in your garden and you are not sure who the culprit is? Contact your local County Extension office for help with identifying and controlling the pest. Find your local office here: http://npic.orst.edu/pest/countyext.htm

How do you know how toxic a pesticide product is? Look for the signal word! Signal words are based on the entire product...
09/23/2020

How do you know how toxic a pesticide product is? Look for the signal word! Signal words are based on the entire product including the other ingredients besides the pesticide. Lower your risk by selecting the product with the lowest signal word: https://bit.ly/34RsLbi

Floods can release hazardous materials. Have a plan when it comes to pesticides. Don't buy more than you need for the ne...
09/18/2020

Floods can release hazardous materials. Have a plan when it comes to pesticides. Don't buy more than you need for the near future and keep an inventory list. Store all products away from drains and above the reach of floodwaters. Keep bags and brittle containers in sturdy plastic or metal containers to prevent water damage and contain any leaks. http://npic.orst.edu/disaster.html

Ventilating the home by opening windows reduces your risk after using a pesticide indoors. However, many of us (NPIC inc...
09/16/2020

Ventilating the home by opening windows reduces your risk after using a pesticide indoors. However, many of us (NPIC included!) cannot open windows right now due to wildfire smoke. Consider delaying indoor pesticide use to protect your indoor air quality when the outdoor air is smoky.

Mothballs are not designed to repel wildlife! Using them outside of airtight containers risks exposure to toxic vapors, ...
09/07/2020

Mothballs are not designed to repel wildlife! Using them outside of airtight containers risks exposure to toxic vapors, and ingesting one can be very dangerous for pets or children. Always read and follow the label! http://npic.orst.edu/health/readlabel.html

Does your child’s school require you to purchase copper, silver, or chlorine-infused masks? These masks may make public ...
09/04/2020

Does your child’s school require you to purchase copper, silver, or chlorine-infused masks? These masks may make public health claims they can’t support, may not be appropriately registered, or the instructions may be very confusing. Call us if you have questions about infused masks, or to report a concerning product.

Floods can release hazardous materials. Have a plan when it comes to pesticides. Don't buy more than you need for the ne...
09/02/2020

Floods can release hazardous materials. Have a plan when it comes to pesticides. Don't buy more than you need for the near future and keep an inventory list. Store all products away from drains and above the reach of floodwaters. Keep bags and brittle containers in sturdy plastic or metal containers to prevent water damage and contain any leaks. http://npic.orst.edu/disaster.html

Pesticides used on nearby fields have the potential to drift to other places. What steps can be taken to minimize the ri...
08/14/2020

Pesticides used on nearby fields have the potential to drift to other places. What steps can be taken to minimize the risks related to pesticide drift? What happens if drift does happen? http://npic.orst.edu/reg/drift.html

Farmers may use pesticides to help control insects, fungus, and weeds. Learn more about some factors that can affect pes...
08/13/2020

Farmers may use pesticides to help control insects, fungus, and weeds. Learn more about some factors that can affect pesticide movement in soil and how growers reduce environmental risk. http://npic.orst.edu/envir/agsoil.html

If you are using a product on your lawn, are there concerns for chickens or other birds nearby? Your label may have info...
08/10/2020

If you are using a product on your lawn, are there concerns for chickens or other birds nearby? Your label may have information about how long to keep animals out of the area. Call us at 800-858-7378 for more information about the risks.

Tolerances are low levels of residue that are allowed on foods. What are the risks of pesticide residues on fruits and v...
08/07/2020

Tolerances are low levels of residue that are allowed on foods. What are the risks of pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables? Find out how they are monitored and enforced at: http://npic.orst.edu/health/residue.html

Are you considering using treated wood to make garden beds or a fence? What are the risks while constructing the garden ...
08/04/2020

Are you considering using treated wood to make garden beds or a fence? What are the risks while constructing the garden beds/fence or eating from the garden? Our treated wood fact sheet has answers to those and other questions about treated wood. http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/treatedwood.html

What risks are there for children before and after a pesticide application? Here are a few tips to help minimize that ri...
07/16/2020

What risks are there for children before and after a pesticide application? Here are a few tips to help minimize that risk. Have more questions? Call us at 800-858-7378.

Are there risks to grazing animals after a pesticide application? How long do I need to wait before letting the animals ...
07/08/2020

Are there risks to grazing animals after a pesticide application? How long do I need to wait before letting the animals out? Be sure to check the product label for information about restrictions for grazing animals. http://npic.orst.edu/health/animhealth.html

Foggers deposit residue on exposed surfaces. Bedbugs hide inside cracks and crevices. They may rarely contact the pestic...
06/25/2020

Foggers deposit residue on exposed surfaces. Bedbugs hide inside cracks and crevices. They may rarely contact the pesticide residue, so foggers may not work on them. Try other options instead of foggers to reduce the risk and increase success! ALWAYS follow the label!

Here's a friendly reminder about our webinar tomorrow (6/24/2020) at 11am PT/ 2pm ET. Click the link on the shared post ...
06/23/2020

Here's a friendly reminder about our webinar tomorrow (6/24/2020) at 11am PT/ 2pm ET. Click the link on the shared post for more information about the webinar and how to register.

Join us for a webinar about disinfectants. We will address common misconceptions and questions about disinfectant safety. We will also tour EPA’s online tool for products effective against COVID-19. Register for the webinar at: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xDLVDXf2RdWftX-nmXdVAw

Pesticides used outdoors may have risks to nearby people, pets, and wildlife. Despite the risk, there are steps that can...
06/23/2020

Pesticides used outdoors may have risks to nearby people, pets, and wildlife. Despite the risk, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the risk of exposure. Find out at: http://npic.orst.edu/faq/outdoor.html

Fleas can make life miserable for you and your pets. Learn more about fleas and how to fight back using integrated pest ...
06/22/2020

Fleas can make life miserable for you and your pets. Learn more about fleas and how to fight back using integrated pest management as part of your arsenal. Ask your veterinarian about the best products for use on your pets.

Having the lawn service come? Get ready for pesticide applications by removing all children’s toys, pet bowls, and other...
06/18/2020

Having the lawn service come? Get ready for pesticide applications by removing all children’s toys, pet bowls, and other items from the area that will be treated. Keep kids and pets inside during the application and afterwards until the grass is dry again. Call NPIC for more tips!

If you are using a bait product for rodents, ants, or snails, be aware that dogs and other animals may be attracted to t...
06/15/2020

If you are using a bait product for rodents, ants, or snails, be aware that dogs and other animals may be attracted to the bait as well. Never use these products within the reach of children or pets.

Labels can be many pages long and in tiny print. Booklets fall off their containers. Sometimes the instructions just don...
06/11/2020

Labels can be many pages long and in tiny print. Booklets fall off their containers. Sometimes the instructions just don’t seem to make sense. If this happens to you, don’t improvise! Contact the manufacturer or NPIC for help!

Mothballs are meant to be used in airtight containers. Using them in gardens or outside on the lawn can cause health pro...
06/09/2020

Mothballs are meant to be used in airtight containers. Using them in gardens or outside on the lawn can cause health problems, injure pets or wildlife, and won’t solve your pest problem. Always read the label first!

Not all creatures you find in your garden are pests. Some help to pollinate, while others may eat pest species in your g...
06/03/2020

Not all creatures you find in your garden are pests. Some help to pollinate, while others may eat pest species in your garden. What can you do to create good spaces for beneficial species? See what steps you can take at: http://npic.orst.edu/envir/beneficial/garden.html

How close to harvest can I use a pesticide? Your label has info about the pre harvest interval for different crops. Find...
05/22/2020

How close to harvest can I use a pesticide? Your label has info about the pre harvest interval for different crops. Find out what that means and how to find it: http://npic.orst.edu/health/phi.html

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