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".
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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

Slugs and snails can be destructive to garden plants. Lettuce, strawberries, cabbage, and beans may be especially suscep...
05/15/2020

Slugs and snails can be destructive to garden plants. Lettuce, strawberries, cabbage, and beans may be especially susceptible to these pests. Traps and removal may be effective in limiting their presence. Find other control methods here: http://npic.orst.edu/pest/slugsnail.html

Use knowledge of the pest (virus) to break the cycle! Prevention works best. Wash your hands, practice social distancing...
05/07/2020

Use knowledge of the pest (virus) to break the cycle! Prevention works best. Wash your hands, practice social distancing, and use all disinfectants according to their instructions. Not all disinfectants work against COVID-19. See the EPA’s list N for those that do. Check out the FAQs, too!

American Association of Poison Control Centers
05/04/2020

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Is hydrogen peroxide safe to use? Will there be more products in stores?

Great question. Check with your usual stores about finding products in your area. Some disinfectant products use hydrogen peroxide, but not all products are made the same. Please see full answer below. Follow up questions are welcome in the comments.

Remember to contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for exposure concerns or questions about poisons. Contact NPIC at 800-858-7378 for all concerns and questions regarding disinfectants and other pesticides. National Pesticide Information Center Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam Virginia Poison Center

American Association of Poison Control Centers
05/04/2020

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Why should disinfectants only be used on surfaces?

Great question. Disinfectants are for use on surfaces, not humans. Please see full answer below. Follow up questions are welcome in the comments.

Remember to contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for exposure concerns or questions about poisons. Contact NPIC at 800-858-7378 for all concerns and questions regarding disinfectants and other pesticides. National Pesticide Information Center Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam Virginia Poison Center

American Association of Poison Control Centers
05/04/2020

American Association of Poison Control Centers

How often should I be disinfecting “high-touch” surfaces?

Great question. Always follow the label of your disinfectant, including any reapplication instructions. Please see full answer below. Follow up questions are welcome in the comments.

Remember to contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for exposure concerns or questions about poisons. Contact NPIC at 800-858-7378 for all concerns and questions regarding disinfectants and other pesticides. National Pesticide Information Center Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam Virginia Poison Center

American Association of Poison Control Centers
05/04/2020

American Association of Poison Control Centers

What are the risks of making a hydrogen peroxide solution at home to use as a disinfectant?

Great question. Hydrogen peroxide can be irritating to the eyes and skin. Please see full answer below. Follow up questions are welcome in the comments.

Remember to contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for exposure concerns or questions about poisons. Contact NPIC at 800-858-7378 for all concerns and questions regarding disinfectants and other pesticides. National Pesticide Information Center Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam Virginia Poison Center

American Association of Poison Control Centers
05/04/2020

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Is it safe to use bleach on food preparation surfaces?

Great question. Look to see if your product has instructions for disinfecting food-preparation surfaces. Please see full answer below. Follow up questions are welcome in the comments.

Remember to contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for exposure concerns or questions about poisons. Contact NPIC at 800-858-7378 for all concerns and questions regarding disinfectants and other pesticides. National Pesticide Information CenterPoison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam Virginia Poison Center

Poison control experts talk disinfectant, cleaners - KTVZ
05/04/2020
Poison control experts talk disinfectant, cleaners - KTVZ

Poison control experts talk disinfectant, cleaners - KTVZ

The American Association of Poison Control Centers held a Facebook Q&A session Thursday after an uptick in calls about household disinfectants and cleaners amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We spoke to an Oregon Poison Center official about the issues.

American Association of Poison Control Centers
05/04/2020

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Why shouldn’t I use a disinfectant on food packaging or produce?

Great question. According to the FDA, there is no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted on food or food packaging. Please see full answer below. Follow up questions are welcome in the comments.

Remember to contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for exposure concerns or questions about poisons. Contact NPIC at 800-858-7378 for all concerns and questions regarding disinfectants and other pesticides. National Pesticide Information Center Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam Virginia Poison Center

American Association of Poison Control Centers
05/04/2020

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Will my protective equipment still be effective if I try to disinfect masks or gloves for COVID-19?

Great question. Disinfectants are not for disposable protective equipment like gloves or masks. Please see full answer below. Follow up questions are welcome in the comments.

Remember to contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for exposure concerns or questions about poisons. Contact NPIC at 800-858-7378 for all concerns and questions regarding disinfectants and other pesticides. National Pesticide Information Center Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam Virginia Poison Center

American Association of Poison Control Centers
05/01/2020

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Is there a list of disinfectants for COVID-19? How do I find it?

Great question. The U.S. EPA has a list of disinfectant products expected to be effective against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Please see full answer below. Follow up questions are welcome in the comments.

Remember to contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for exposure concerns or questions about poisons. Contact NPIC at 800-858-7378 for all concerns and questions regarding disinfectants and other pesticides.
National Pesticide Information Center Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam Virginia Poison Center

American Association of Poison Control Centers
05/01/2020

American Association of Poison Control Centers

I sprayed a disinfectant on my hands, what do I do now?

Great question. Disinfectants are not hand sanitizers and are not for human skin. Please see full answer below. Follow up questions are welcome in the comments.

Remember to contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for exposure concerns or questions about poisons. Contact NPIC at 800-858-7378 for all concerns and questions regarding disinfectants and other pesticides.
National Pesticide Information Center Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam Virginia Poison Center

American Association of Poison Control Centers
05/01/2020

American Association of Poison Control Centers

I can’t find disinfectants (or hand sanitizers) at the store. I saw a great recipe online, what are the risks if I try DIY?

Great question. Home remedies do not have labels that tell you how to use them, how much, where, and how often. Please see full answer below. Follow up questions are welcome in the comments.

Remember to contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for exposure concerns or questions about poisons. Contact NPIC at 800-858-7378 for all concerns and questions regarding disinfectants and other pesticides.
National Pesticide Information Center Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam Virginia Poison Center

American Association of Poison Control Centers
05/01/2020

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Will trying to disinfect the walls and the air in my home protect me from COVID-19?

Great question. Always follow the label of your disinfectant carefully. Disinfectants are only effective if used according to the directions. Please see full answer below. Follow up questions are welcome in the comments.

Remember to contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for exposure concerns or questions about poisons. Contact NPIC at 800-858-7378 for all concerns and questions regarding disinfectants and other pesticides.
National Pesticide Information Center Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam Virginia Poison Center

American Association of Poison Control Centers
05/01/2020

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Why can’t I spray disinfectants into the air to kill COVID-19?

Great question. Disinfectants work to kill viruses on surfaces, household products are not designed to kill viruses in the air. Please see full answer below. Follow up questions are welcome in the comments.

Remember to contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for exposure concerns or questions about poisons. Contact NPIC at 800-858-7378 for all concerns and questions regarding disinfectants and other pesticides.
National Pesticide Information Center Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam Virginia Poison Center

American Association of Poison Control Centers
05/01/2020

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Why can’t I spray disinfectants into the air to kill COVID-19?

Great question. Disinfectants work to kill viruses on surfaces, household products are not designed to kill viruses in the air. Please see full answer below. Follow up questions are welcome in the comments.

Remember to contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for exposure concerns or questions about poisons. Contact NPIC at 800-858-7378 for all concerns and questions regarding disinfectants and other pesticides.
National Pesticide Information Center Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam Virginia Poison Center

American Association of Poison Control Centers
05/01/2020

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Is it safe to use hand sanitizer on my child?

Great question. Hand washing with soap and water is the best way to remove all types of germs from hands. Please see full answer below. Follow up questions are welcome in the comments.

Remember to contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for exposure concerns or questions about poisons. Contact NPIC at 800-858-7378 for all concerns and questions regarding disinfectants and other pesticides.
National Pesticide Information Center Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam Virginia Poison Center

American Association of Poison Control Centers
05/01/2020

American Association of Poison Control Centers

My baby licked my wet hands after I applied hand sanitizer. Is this poisonous?

Great question, we recommend that you contact your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.Please see full answer below. Follow up questions are welcome in the comments.

Remember to contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for exposure concerns or questions about poisons. Contact NPIC at 800-858-7378 for all concerns and questions regarding disinfectants and other pesticides.
National Pesticide Information Center Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam Virginia Poison Center

05/01/2020
American Association of Poison Control Centers

American Association of Poison Control Centers

When cleaning, what can I mix with bleach to make it a powerful cleaner?

Great question, however we advise that you do NOT mix any chemicals (including bleach). Please see full answer below. Follow up questions are welcome in the comments.

Remember to contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for exposure concerns or questions about poisons. Contact NPIC at 800-858-7378 for all concerns and questions regarding disinfectants and other pesticides.
National Pesticide Information Center Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam Virginia Poison Center

05/01/2020
American Association of Poison Control Centers

American Association of Poison Control Centers

I have some car cleaners in my garage, they contain alcohol. Can I use them as sanitizers?

Great question. No, you cannot use them as sanitizers. The alcohol in these products are not the same. Please see full answer below. Follow up questions are welcome in the comments.

Remember to contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for exposure concerns or questions about poisons. Contact NPIC at 800-858-7378 for all concerns and questions regarding disinfectants and other pesticides.
National Pesticide Information Center Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam Virginia Poison Center

American Association of Poison Control Centers
05/01/2020

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Is it safe to have the kids help clean/disinfect our home?

Great question, its best to leave the disinfecting of the house to adults. Please see full answer below. Follow up questions are welcome in the comments.

Remember to contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for exposure concerns or questions about poisons. Contact NPIC at 800-858-7378 for all concerns and questions regarding disinfectants and other pesticides.
National Pesticide Information Center Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam Virginia Poison Center

American Association of Poison Control Centers
04/30/2020

American Association of Poison Control Centers

What is contact time?

Great question. Contact time is the time a surface must stay visibly wet with the disinfectant to be effective against the virus.

Please see full answer below. Follow up questions are welcome in the comments.

Remember to contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for exposure concerns or questions about poisons. Contact NPIC at 800-858-7378 for all concerns and questions regarding disinfectants and other pesticides.
National Pesticide Information Center Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam Virginia Poison Center

American Association of Poison Control Centers
04/30/2020

American Association of Poison Control Centers

What are the differences between sanitizers, disinfectants and antiseptics?

Great question. Disinfectants kill viruses and bacteria on surfaces and are stronger than sanitizers…

Please see full answer below. Follow up questions are welcome in the comments.

Remember to contact your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 for concerns or questions about poisons. Contact NPIC at 800-858-7378 for all concerns and questions regarding disinfectants and other pesticides.
National Pesticide Information Center Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam Virginia Poison Center

04/30/2020
American Association of Poison Control Centers

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Welcome to Disinfectant Safety During The COVID-19 Pandemic. A Q&A hosted by American Association of Poison Control Centers, National Pesticide Information Center, Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam, and Virginia Poison Center. To participate please follow, like, and share our posts as we answer previously submitted disinfectant related questions. Post will begin at 2pm ET.

If you are using disinfectants, take steps to reduce your exposure to these pesticides. Consider wearing safety glasses,...
04/29/2020

If you are using disinfectants, take steps to reduce your exposure to these pesticides. Consider wearing safety glasses, long sleeves, gloves, and a mask to protect against spills and splashes. Always read the instructions first! Some disinfectants can be quite toxic.

Never mix cleaning products! Many of them contain chemicals that can react very badly with chemicals in other products, ...
04/28/2020

Never mix cleaning products! Many of them contain chemicals that can react very badly with chemicals in other products, creating toxic gas or corrosive liquid. “Do it yourself” recipes may also end in disaster. Read the label and keep products separate.

Here is just another friendly reminder that we are co-hosting a Q & A about disinfectants on April 30th at 2pm ET. Send ...
04/27/2020

Here is just another friendly reminder that we are co-hosting a Q & A about disinfectants on April 30th at 2pm ET. Send questions as a direct message (by April 28th) to: https://www.facebook.com/aapcc/

With: American Association of Poison Control Centers, Virginia Poison Center, and Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam

Many retailers are low on disinfectants. How can you be sure a product will work against the COVID-19 virus? Use the EPA...
04/27/2020

Many retailers are low on disinfectants. How can you be sure a product will work against the COVID-19 virus? Use the EPA Registration Number to see if the product is on EPA’s List N. Pro Tip 1: use only the first two sets of numbers of the EPA Registration number (if there are three). Pro Tip 2: this list is being updated regularly!

Disinfectants are only for use on nonhuman surfaces. None of them are meant to be used on or in the body. Again, do not ...
04/24/2020

Disinfectants are only for use on nonhuman surfaces. None of them are meant to be used on or in the body. Again, do not use them on people. They can be effective in controlling viruses and other pathogens on surfaces if used according to the label. More info: http://npic.orst.edu/ingred/ptype/amicrob/index.html

American Association of Poison Control Centers, Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam, Virginia Poison Center

Looking for information about disinfectants? We can help you take steps to protect you and your family from COVID-19. We...
04/23/2020

Looking for information about disinfectants? We can help you take steps to protect you and your family from COVID-19. We will be co-hosting a Q & A about disinfectants on April 30th at 2pm ET. Send questions as a direct message (by April 28th) to American Association of Poison Control Centers.
The Q & A will be co-hosted by: American Association of Poison Control Centers, National Pesticide Information Center, Poison Center of Oregon Alaska and Guam, and Virginia Poison Center.

Don't Mix Chemicals When Cleaning Schools Because of Coronavirus
04/20/2020
Don't Mix Chemicals When Cleaning Schools Because of Coronavirus

Don't Mix Chemicals When Cleaning Schools Because of Coronavirus

Schools have been instructed to close as part of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Many districts are taking the opportunity to deep clean facilities while the halls are empty and employees across the state are working from home.

What is the difference between cleaners, sanitizers, and disinfectants? You may see those terms on different products, b...
04/14/2020

What is the difference between cleaners, sanitizers, and disinfectants? You may see those terms on different products, but which ones are best able to control viruses (Hint: disinfectants)? Find out more at: http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/antimicrobials.html

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