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. 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".

Some beneficial insects pollinate plants, and others prey on pest insects. They are important for the environment, but s...
07/11/2019

Some beneficial insects pollinate plants, and others prey on pest insects. They are important for the environment, but sometimes they get confused as pests!
Find out how you can help protect these important insects at: http://npic.orst.edu/envir/beneficial/index.html

Don’t end up with ants on your hands! Although ants play an important role in nature, they can get out of control if n...
07/09/2019

Don’t end up with ants on your hands! Although ants play an important role in nature, they can get out of control if not handled properly.

There are several tips to know how to control ants in your home. Find out more at: http://npic.orst.edu/pest/ant.html

Happy 243rd birthday America! NPIC will be closed on the 4th and 5th of July. If you have an emergency, please contact t...
07/04/2019

Happy 243rd birthday America! NPIC will be closed on the 4th and 5th of July. If you have an emergency, please contact the Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222.

In the meantime, you can visit our website (http://npic.orst.edu/), or leave us a voicemail and we will get back to you on Monday (1.800.858.7378).

Have a great holiday!!

Standing water from flower pots, tires, bottles, and even bottle caps can provide enough water for mosquitoes to breed. ...
06/28/2019

Standing water from flower pots, tires, bottles, and even bottle caps can provide enough water for mosquitoes to breed. Be sure to dump and wipe out any items you find in your yard. You may also check gutters, ditches, and trash cans for standing water.

If a bottle cap is enough water, imagine the population that could develop in an abandoned pool! If you find abandoned pools or other large sources of standing water, contact the health department or vector control to report the situation. http://npic.orst.edu/mlr.html #NationalMosquitoWeek

Keeping windows and doors shut will limit access of mosquitoes into your home. Repair missing or broken screens to keep ...
06/27/2019

Keeping windows and doors shut will limit access of mosquitoes into your home. Repair missing or broken screens to keep insects out. Staying indoors during times of high mosquito activity (especially between dusk and dawn) will lessen the risk of bites. #NationalMosquitoWeek

Mosquito nets set up over beds or cribs can limit a mosquito’s access to people while sleeping. These nets can also ki...
06/26/2019

Mosquito nets set up over beds or cribs can limit a mosquito’s access to people while sleeping. These nets can also kill or repel mosquitoes if they are treated with an insecticide. Be sure to check the nets regularly for any holes or gaps. https://www.cdc.gov/malaria/malaria_worldwide/reduction/itn.html #NationalMosquitoWeek

Insect repellents can be used to keep mosquitoes and other biting pests away. Repellents work by confusing the insect's ...
06/25/2019

Insect repellents can be used to keep mosquitoes and other biting pests away. Repellents work by confusing the insect's ability to smell or taste for humans. Each product will have specific information about how long they will be effective, and what pests it has been tested to repel. Be sure to follow the label for your product.

Find more information about insect repellents at: http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/repellents.html #NationalMosquitoWeek

It is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week! Each day this week we will provide tips and resources to help prevent mo...
06/24/2019

It is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week! Each day this week we will provide tips and resources to help prevent mosquito breeding and bites.

First, wear clothing that covers your body while outside, including long sleeved shirts, pants, and hats. This will limit how accessible your skin is to mosquitoes. You might also consider using treated clothing. http://npic.orst.edu/pest/mosquito/ptc.html #NationalMosquitoWeek

DDT is considered a "legacy pesticide" because it lasts for a very long time in the environment. Although it hasn't been...
06/19/2019
High Levels of DDT Found in Remote Canadian Lakes, 50 Years After Being Banned

DDT is considered a "legacy pesticide" because it lasts for a very long time in the environment. Although it hasn't been applied in over 50 years, it is still moving through the environment with erosion and runoff. http://npic.orst.edu/ingred/legacy.html

E360 Digest June 17, 2019 High Levels of DDT Found in Remote Canadian Lakes, 50 Years After Being Banned A remote New Brunswick lake sampled for DDT. Credit: Josh Kurek More than 6,280 tons of DDT were sprayed on the forests of New Brunswick, Canada to fight insect outbreaks in the 1950s and 1960s.....

Do you use sprays in your garden or yard to control weeds or bugs? Those areas are also visited by insects that are impo...
06/17/2019

Do you use sprays in your garden or yard to control weeds or bugs? Those areas are also visited by insects that are important pollinators. There are things you can do to help reduce the risks to these visitors. Call NPIC if you have specific questions. #PollinatorWeek
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The Xerces Society
06/17/2019

The Xerces Society

We're kicking off #PollinatorWeek with easy-to-implement steps to support bees and other important pollinators.

Our Bring Back the Pollinators campaign is based on the fact that pollinators need only a few things, which anyone can provide in a remarkably small space: flowers from which to drink nectar and gather pollen, a place to lay eggs or build a nest, and freedom from pesticides.

Learn how to support pollinators, even in a small space, with these helpful tips!

Today's blog post: xerces.org/2019/06/17/pollinator-week

Check out our full Pollinator Week page: xerces.org/pollinator-week

Happy Pollinator Week!! Follow #PollinatorWeek to learn more about the important work these insects and animals do, and ...
06/17/2019

Happy Pollinator Week!! Follow #PollinatorWeek to learn more about the important work these insects and animals do, and how you can support them in your garden, yard, and community!

We are THE source for unbiased information on pesticides. There’s all sorts of info out there - let us provide science...
06/12/2019

We are THE source for unbiased information on pesticides. There’s all sorts of info out there - let us provide science-based answers to your questions. 800-858-7378 (8am-noon Pacific Time, Mon-Fri) or visit http://npic.orst.edu/

National Pesticide Information Center's cover photo
06/10/2019

National Pesticide Information Center's cover photo

Here’s a bed bug quick tip- vacuuming! Frequently vacuuming up bed bugs and discarding the contents can help you get r...
06/06/2019

Here’s a bed bug quick tip- vacuuming! Frequently vacuuming up bed bugs and discarding the contents can help you get rid of bed bugs. You can freeze the vacuum bag for several days to kill the bed bugs as well. Find more tips at: http://npic.orst.edu/pest/bedbug/index.html #BedBugWeek

Did you know that it is #BedBugWeek? Search that hash tag to find lots of tips about one of the pests people love to hat...
06/04/2019

Did you know that it is #BedBugWeek? Search that hash tag to find lots of tips about one of the pests people love to hate.

#DYK: Laundromats can be sources of bed bugs brought into your house. We have a few tips so you can avoid bringing any bugs home with your clean laundry.
http://npic.orst.edu/pest/bedbug/index.html

Pesticides are often used on roadsides, highways, railroads, and other rights-of-way for weed control. What is the poten...
05/28/2019

Pesticides are often used on roadsides, highways, railroads, and other rights-of-way for weed control. What is the potential for pesticides to be washed away from the roadside after the application? The answer depends on a lot of factors. Call us (800-858-7378) for information about the related risks.

¡Estamos contratando! ¿Buscas trabajo en comunicación científica? Bilingüe (español / inglés)? ¿Tiene experienci...
05/28/2019

¡Estamos contratando!
¿Buscas trabajo en comunicación científica? Bilingüe (español / inglés)? ¿Tiene experiencia en toxicología, química ambiental, biotecnología, ciencias agrícolas, salud pública o área científica relacionada? ¡Puedes encajar con nuestro grupo diverso!

¿Tienes preguntas sobre cómo es el trabajo? Llame a la línea directa y pregunte a un especialista actual: 800-858-7378

NPIC is on a hiring spree! Come work for us - two positions are open. Two pesticide specialist positions (one requiring Spanish fluency) are open. Details at the links below:

Pesticide Specialist/FRA (closes 5/29): https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/76922

Spanish Pesticide Specialist/FRA (closes 5/29): https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/75973

Please share with potential applicants. If you have any questions - don't hesitate to email or call the hotline.

A heartbreaking story out of Nevada this morning. There are a lot of ways to manage insects, but fire shouldn't be one o...
05/24/2019
Man killed in house fire started while using propane torch to burn bugs

A heartbreaking story out of Nevada this morning. There are a lot of ways to manage insects, but fire shouldn't be one of them.

If you need tips on where to start with pest control, you are welcome to call us, or visit here http://npic.orst.edu/pest/index.html

LAS VEGAS (KLAS/CBS Newspath/WKRC) - A man died in a house fire after investigators say he started the blaze, trying to kill bugs with a propane torch. The Clark County coroner identified the man as 63-year-old Jeffrey Long. The fire happened Monday night in Henderson. According to Henderson Fire, L...

It is very important to follow the label directions anytime you use a pesticide. The directions are written to reduce th...
05/22/2019
Starbucks Sued for Allegedly Exposing Customers and Employees to Deadly Pesticide

It is very important to follow the label directions anytime you use a pesticide. The directions are written to reduce the risks to people, animals, and the environment.

If anybody has questions about their potential risk from possible exposure to these pest strips, please call us at 800-858-7378 (11am - 3pm ET). For more info: https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Contaminants/Pesticides/PestStrips

A lawsuit filed today in New York City claims coffee giant Starbucks has been exposing its employees and customers to deadly pesticides for years, despite several warnings from pest control experts. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a former Starbucks employee and two pest control....

The Xerces Society
05/20/2019

The Xerces Society

Happy World Bee Day! Although this holiday has roots in the celebration of honey bees, it has expanded into a day in which we celebrate the important contributions of all bees, including native bumble bees. Today, that's where we would like to focus our attention!

Bumble bees are important pollinators of wild flowering plants and agricultural crops. They are able to fly in cooler temperatures and lower light levels than many other bees, making them excellent pollinators—especially at higher elevations and latitudes. They also perform a behavior called “buzz pollination,” in which the bee grabs the flower in her jaws and vibrates her wing muscles to dislodge pollen from the flower. Many plants, including a number of wildflowers and crops like tomatoes, peppers, and cranberries, benefit from buzz pollination.

Learn more about bumble bees and our work to conserve them: https://xerces.org/bumblebees/

(Photo: Bryan Reynolds, Nature Photographer)

Have you heard the buzz? Today is World Bee Day!! Here are some basic differences between a bee and a wasp. (These are v...
05/20/2019

Have you heard the buzz? Today is World Bee Day!!

Here are some basic differences between a bee and a wasp. (These are very broad generalizations - and there are many species that don't fall into these simplified categories.) Many people who are stung think it’s a bee, when in reality it’s a wasp! Bees pollinate our earth by using their special hair to collect pollen and nectar. They are very beneficial to plants, crops, trees, and more. Wasps can play an important role as predators in the landscape, but can also be a nuisance.

Use the 'two-step method' to control fire ants
05/20/2019
Use the 'two-step method' to control fire ants

Use the 'two-step method' to control fire ants

It’s been another typical East Texas spring; the ground is warming up and nature is awakening. Finally, we are blessed with timely spring storms, providing needed water for landscapes and

NPIC is on a hiring spree! Come work for us - two positions are open. Two pesticide specialist positions (one requiring ...
05/15/2019

NPIC is on a hiring spree! Come work for us - two positions are open. Two pesticide specialist positions (one requiring Spanish fluency) are open. Details at the links below:

Pesticide Specialist/FRA (closes 5/29): https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/76922

Spanish Pesticide Specialist/FRA (closes 5/29): https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/75973

Please share with potential applicants. If you have any questions - don't hesitate to email or call the hotline.

05/13/2019
NPR

Did you know that bees collect both nectar (for honey) and pollen (for protein)? Watch these busy workers help fill their hive pantry. Turn on the sound to learn more about how they do this.

Take steps to protect the pollinators in your yard: http://npic.orst.edu/envir/pollinator.html

It turns out honey bees aren’t just interested in honey — these hard workers bake bread by the basketful. Take a #DeepLook at bee bread, the pollen creation that serves as a bee’s main source of protein.

Keep your flowers and plants healthy and beautiful! How can pesticides affect your plants, and how can you make smart pe...
05/08/2019

Keep your flowers and plants healthy and beautiful! How can pesticides affect your plants, and how can you make smart pesticide decisions?

It can be confusing to know how to appropriately diagnose and take care of a sick plant. Learn tips, suggestions, and examples on how to best care for your plants at: http://npic.orst.edu/envir/plants.html

The EPA continues its review of glyphosate, reaffirming no risk to public health.Is that confusing?Why is there so much ...
05/01/2019
EPA Takes Next Step in Review Process for Herbicide Glyphosate, Reaffirms No Risk to Public Health | US EPA

The EPA continues its review of glyphosate, reaffirming no risk to public health.

Is that confusing?
Why is there so much news stating the opposite?

Call and talk with a pesticide scientist today to learn about how EPA and other agencies reach these results, and to figure out if glyphosate poses a risk for you or your loved ones.
800-858-7378, 8am - noon PT, Mon-Fri

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking an important step in the agency’s review of glyphosate.

05/01/2019

We’re hiring! Are you interested in a full time job doing science communication? We’re looking for a bilingual (Spanish/English) pesticide specialist. No background in pesticides necessary. Please share. https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/73865

Field level doses of imidacloprid caused bumble bees to initially become more active, but ultimately fly only a third of...
04/30/2019
Pesticide exposure causes bumblebee flight to fall short

Field level doses of imidacloprid caused bumble bees to initially become more active, but ultimately fly only a third of the total distance of unexposed bees. This could greatly impact their ability to forage for food.

Bees exposed to a neonicotinoid pesticide fly only a third of the distance that unexposed bees are able to achieve.

Relax. I'm an Entomologist
04/30/2019

Relax. I'm an Entomologist

It's spring in the northern hemisphere, and the classic and incorrect meme about yellow stripey things is making the rounds again. Here is an accurate version from your friendly neighborhood entomologists in the Entomology group.

Anybody need some Friday laughs?
04/26/2019
The Onion

Anybody need some Friday laughs?

"We thought we had completely wiped out the jitterbug, but unfortunately, it’s come surging back and young people are at the greatest risk."

Have you seen insects you think might be Kissing Bugs? Collect a sample & contact your local County Extension Office to ...
04/26/2019
‘Kissing bugs’ suck blood and poop in your face. Here’s how that spreads Chagas disease

Have you seen insects you think might be Kissing Bugs? Collect a sample & contact your local County Extension Office to get the insect identified http://npic.orst.edu/pest/countyext.htm

ALSO -> Finding kissing bugs does NOT mean there is a high risk for Chagas disease. Check out Ask an Entomologist for some more info.

A Delaware girl was bitten by a "kissing bug" over the summer, the CDC said this week. Here's what you need to know about them and Chagas disease.

Don’t trust your dog to tick check himself. Check yourself and your pets for ticks regularly when outdoors. Find out w...
04/25/2019

Don’t trust your dog to tick check himself. Check yourself and your pets for ticks regularly when outdoors. Find out what other steps you can take to prevent ticks at: http://npic.orst.edu/pest/tick/

Happy #EarthDay! Using IPM (Integrated Pest Management) techniques to manage pests will reduce pesticide exposures to pe...
04/22/2019

Happy #EarthDay! Using IPM (Integrated Pest Management) techniques to manage pests will reduce pesticide exposures to people and the environment. Never heard of it before? We’ve got some tips on how you can start. http://npic.orst.edu/pest/ipm.html #EarthWeek

Ticks and mosquitoes can hide and breed in many places. To control these pests that can spread disease, pesticides may b...
04/19/2019

Ticks and mosquitoes can hide and breed in many places. To control these pests that can spread disease, pesticides may be sprayed over large areas. Our newest infographic can help you find out what steps you can take before the application.
http://npic.orst.edu/outreach.html

How can I wash out pesticides from my dirty work clothes? When applying pesticides it is important to wear the appropria...
04/17/2019

How can I wash out pesticides from my dirty work clothes? When applying pesticides it is important to wear the appropriate clothing. Be sure to wear gear that you are ok with being exposed to pesticides. There are different steps to take to help wash your clothes. Find out more at: http://npic.orst.edu/faq/dirtyclothes.html

Some products have several layers to their label, but be sure to read the entire thing. They contain important instructi...
04/12/2019

Some products have several layers to their label, but be sure to read the entire thing. They contain important instructions about how to use the product. If you’re still unsure how to apply it, call the manufacturer http://npic.orst.edu/ingred/manuf.htm. For questions about risks to people, animals, or the environment - call us 800-858-7378.

Happy #NationalPetDay! Dogs can get into all sorts of items they aren’t supposed to. Be careful when storing rodentici...
04/11/2019

Happy #NationalPetDay! Dogs can get into all sorts of items they aren’t supposed to. Be careful when storing rodenticides and other pesticides to keep them out of reach of pets. http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/petspest.html

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