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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COVID-19 has been declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization. The EPA has released a list of re...
03/05/2020

COVID-19 has been declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization. The EPA has released a list of recommended products for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. People may elect to use disinfectants on surfaces. If you choose to use them, take steps to minimize your risk of exposure to the disinfectants. Find out more at: http://npic.orst.edu/ingred/ptype/amicrob/covid19.html

Pesticide safety does not stop with people and pets. Wildlife may also be at risk from pesticides if they are used impro...
02/28/2020

Pesticide safety does not stop with people and pets. Wildlife may also be at risk from pesticides if they are used improperly. Follow your label if using a product, and pay special attention to the ‘Environmental Hazards’ section. Find other steps to protect wildlife at: http://npic.orst.edu/envir/protwild.html

FALSE! Pesticide spills need to be contained and cleaned up so they won’t hurt people, pets, or the environment. A spill...
02/27/2020

FALSE! Pesticide spills need to be contained and cleaned up so they won’t hurt people, pets, or the environment. A spill on the lawn or garden could kill the plants or beneficial insects, prevent you from being able to eat the fruits or vegetables you’ve grown, or even contaminate your water supply. Use the hose for puppy fun not for flushing accidents!

Keeping pesticides and other chemicals in a locked cabinet or out of reach helps to limit the chances that children or p...
02/25/2020

Keeping pesticides and other chemicals in a locked cabinet or out of reach helps to limit the chances that children or pets can get into them. Find out other methods for proper storage of chemicals at: http://npic.orst.edu/health/storage.html

Which of these bottles contains a pesticide? If you can’t tell, neither can they. Always keep pesticides in their origin...
02/24/2020

Which of these bottles contains a pesticide? If you can’t tell, neither can they. Always keep pesticides in their original container!

Pest or not a pest? Maybe both, depending on where you find them. If they are in their hive, they are a beneficial polli...
02/21/2020

Pest or not a pest? Maybe both, depending on where you find them. If they are in their hive, they are a beneficial pollinator. Should you find them in your home or chimney, they can be a pest. If you find them in your home, a beekeeper can help remove the bees safely from the area. Contact your county extension office for more information. http://npic.orst.edu/pest/countyext.htm

Adopting an Integrated Pest Management approach to pest control helps to reduce pesticide exposure. If you can control a...
02/20/2020

Adopting an Integrated Pest Management approach to pest control helps to reduce pesticide exposure. If you can control a pest without using a rodenticide or insecticide, you can reduce the risk to pets and children. http://npic.orst.edu/pest/lawnipm.html

FALSE! You need to follow ALL of it! Read the label completely before using any pesticide product, every time you use it...
02/19/2020

FALSE! You need to follow ALL of it! Read the label completely before using any pesticide product, every time you use it. Don’t rely on your memory!

Got pantry pests? No, not the person who always finds the hidden cookies! Pantry pests include moths, beetles, and other...
02/18/2020

Got pantry pests? No, not the person who always finds the hidden cookies! Pantry pests include moths, beetles, and other insects that get into stored food. If you notice an infestation, there are a number of things you can do without using a pesticide. If you do use a pesticide, read the label first! For more information, see http://npic.orst.edu/pest/pantrymoth.html

We write fact sheets on many pesticide-related topics. We strive to incorporate only the most rigorous, peer-reviewed sc...
02/14/2020

We write fact sheets on many pesticide-related topics. We strive to incorporate only the most rigorous, peer-reviewed scientific sources. To learn more about our process, see: http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/review.html.

Do you wish there was a sign on pesticides that tells you how toxic the product is? There is! All pesticides have what i...
02/12/2020

Do you wish there was a sign on pesticides that tells you how toxic the product is? There is! All pesticides have what is called a signal word on the label. This word tells you whether the product is low, moderate, or high in toxicity. Find out how to find the signal word on your product at: http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/signalwords.html

When using pesticides, what protective equipment is necessary to protect yourself? Find out what steps you can take to p...
02/10/2020

When using pesticides, what protective equipment is necessary to protect yourself? Find out what steps you can take to protect yourself with our new infographic.http://www.npic.orst.edu/outreach/ppe-infographic.pdf

Treated seeds have been brought into classrooms for projects and show and tell because of their bright colors. The color...
02/05/2020

Treated seeds have been brought into classrooms for projects and show and tell because of their bright colors. The colorful pesticide coating can pose risks to those that handle these seeds. Find out how to prevent exposure to treated seeds at: http://npic.orst.edu/ingred/ptype/treated-seed.html

Pesticides can help protect our food, water, and health. However, there are always risks related to their use. February ...
02/04/2020

Pesticides can help protect our food, water, and health. However, there are always risks related to their use. February is pesticide safety education month. We’ll be posting tips to reduce the risk of harm all month. Even if you think you know a lot about pesticides, we may surprise you! Stay tuned!

Pesticide applications by neighbors can be frustrating. Not all of us live in a remote cabin in the woods. What if your ...
02/03/2020

Pesticide applications by neighbors can be frustrating. Not all of us live in a remote cabin in the woods. What if your neighbors apply pesticides outdoors? What steps can you take to minimize the risk to you and your family? We can help! http://npic.orst.edu/health/comm.html

Bed bugs can be a nuisance pest inside your home, causing people to take extreme steps to control them. Wait. This isn’t...
01/31/2020

Bed bugs can be a nuisance pest inside your home, causing people to take extreme steps to control them. Wait. This isn’t a bed bug. It’s not even an insect. Start over.

Proper identification of pest species is important prior to taking control steps. Knowing what you are up against, what they are looking for, and where they are is important in controlling pests in and around your home.

Find out more at: http://npic.orst.edu/pest/idpest.html

Is this your face when your pest control company tries to talk to you about what they are applying nearby? Call us at 80...
01/29/2020

Is this your face when your pest control company tries to talk to you about what they are applying nearby? Call us at 800-858-7378, and we can help translate the science and risks related to pesticides!

If you use an antimicrobial product to wipe down objects or hard surfaces, “contact time” or “dwell time” is how long yo...
01/28/2020

If you use an antimicrobial product to wipe down objects or hard surfaces, “contact time” or “dwell time” is how long you must let the product sit on the surface. The surface must look visibly wet for this time to be effective at controlling microorganisms. The needed time will be listed on the product label. For more information, see http://npic.orst.edu/ingred/ptype/amicrob/index.html

There are many things you can do to help your cat remain flea-free. For more tips and tricks, visit us at http://npic.or...
01/22/2020

There are many things you can do to help your cat remain flea-free. For more tips and tricks, visit us at http://npic.orst.edu/pest/flea.html. If you use flea control sprays or liquids, be sure to follow the label!

Today is squirrel appreciation day! Squirrels help their ecosystems by spreading plant seeds and fungi spores. They're a...
01/21/2020

Today is squirrel appreciation day! Squirrels help their ecosystems by spreading plant seeds and fungi spores. They're also an important food source for other animals.
If you have squirrels that you do not appreciate, you might take a look at: http://npic.orst.edu/pest/wildhouse.html

The Internet is full of home remedies for pest control that seem simple, "safe," and cheap. But could you be putting you...
01/16/2020

The Internet is full of home remedies for pest control that seem simple, "safe," and cheap. But could you be putting you and your family at risk for something that might not work? Check out our Home Remedies webpage before you whip up a batch. http://npic.orst.edu/pest/home-remedies.html

Even natural or organic pesticides like vinegar can cause serious eye injury. Don’t risk eye damage. Always read the lab...
01/15/2020

Even natural or organic pesticides like vinegar can cause serious eye injury. Don’t risk eye damage. Always read the label before you apply to find out if you need safety goggles or other protective gear. http://npic.orst.edu/health/safeuse.html

If you have leftover pesticides in your garage, what can you do to get rid of them safely? The product label has disposa...
01/10/2020

If you have leftover pesticides in your garage, what can you do to get rid of them safely? The product label has disposal information, as does your local hazardous household waste contact. Find out more at:http://npic.orst.edu/health/disposal.html

DIY can be a great way to save money, but when it comes to crafting concoctions to control pests, it is also a recipe fo...
01/09/2020

DIY can be a great way to save money, but when it comes to crafting concoctions to control pests, it is also a recipe for disaster. Stick with the non-pesticide parts of integrated pest management for creative pest control. If using pesticides, consider an approved product whose label matches how you want to use it. See more at: http://npic.orst.edu/pest/diy.html

Petroleum distillates are compounds separated from crude oil. They include mineral oil and wax. They may be used as acti...
01/08/2020

Petroleum distillates are compounds separated from crude oil. They include mineral oil and wax. They may be used as active ingredients, where they are often called horticultural oils. As other ingredients, they must be listed if they are over 10% of the product because they may have negative impacts on your health. For more information, see http://npic.orst.edu/ingred/petroleum-distillates.html

It’s National Birth Defects Prevention Month. If you are pregnant or a new mom, It can be scary to hear about the chemic...
01/06/2020

It’s National Birth Defects Prevention Month. If you are pregnant or a new mom, It can be scary to hear about the chemicals in our environment, and difficult to find answers. Fortunately, there are resources to help.

The National Pesticide Information Center can help answer your pesticide questions. For questions about other chemicals like medications, experts at Mother to Baby have information about the risks during pregnancy and breastfeeding. https://mothertobaby.org/contact-expert/ #Best4YouBest4Baby

Mice or rats may enter homes or buildings in search of food, water, and shelter. If rodent bait is used, pets and childr...
01/03/2020

Mice or rats may enter homes or buildings in search of food, water, and shelter. If rodent bait is used, pets and children can find them and play with or chew on them. Find out how you can reduce the risk of pets or kids finding bait stations at: http://npic.orst.edu/faq/mouse.html

We will be closed on January 1, 2020. See you next year!
12/31/2019

We will be closed on January 1, 2020. See you next year!

Bed bugs are a nuisance pest found in homes, apartments, hotels, schools, and other areas. They are hard to control, whi...
12/27/2019

Bed bugs are a nuisance pest found in homes, apartments, hotels, schools, and other areas. They are hard to control, which leads some to take extreme measures to get rid of them. These measures may put people and pets at risk. Find out about low risk control steps at: http://npic.orst.edu/pest/bedbug/index.html

Enjoy the holidays everyone! We will be back on the 26th!
12/20/2019

Enjoy the holidays everyone! We will be back on the 26th!

Just because a pesticide ingredient is derived from a natural source does not mean that it can’t harm you. Treat all pes...
12/19/2019

Just because a pesticide ingredient is derived from a natural source does not mean that it can’t harm you. Treat all pesticides with respect, as they all have risks! Find out more at: http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/WhatsMyRisk.html

Asian lady beetles love the great indoors in winter. These uninvited guests will not harm wood, fabrics, or other any ot...
12/17/2019

Asian lady beetles love the great indoors in winter. These uninvited guests will not harm wood, fabrics, or other any other property. They do not sting or carry disease, but they can bite or ooze foul-smelling liquid if you bug them. Use a vacuum or a dustpan and broom rather than swatting them. No pesticides necessary!

Clothes moths feed on protein fibers such as wool or silk. Don’t be in the dark about how to protect your favorite wool ...
12/16/2019

Clothes moths feed on protein fibers such as wool or silk. Don’t be in the dark about how to protect your favorite wool sweater, sheepskin rug, or silk scarf! Visit http://npic.orst.edu/pest/clothesmoth.html for more information.

Pesticides break down over time, but each degrades at different rates. The rate of breakdown (called half-life) may diff...
12/11/2019

Pesticides break down over time, but each degrades at different rates. The rate of breakdown (called half-life) may differ when in water, soil, or plants. What determines how long a product may last? Our half-life fact sheet has more information: http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/half-life.html

Pesticides attach to soil particles differently. If they bind tightly to soil, they are considered to have a high bindin...
12/09/2019

Pesticides attach to soil particles differently. If they bind tightly to soil, they are considered to have a high binding affinity. Pesticides with high binding affinities are less likely to leach into groundwater. What factors influence how strongly a pesticide binds to soil, and why is it important? Find out at: http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/bindingaffinity.html

Here is a totally real, definitely not stock photo of someone’s reaction to using our PEST app to search for info about ...
12/06/2019

Here is a totally real, definitely not stock photo of someone’s reaction to using our PEST app to search for info about specific pests or look up pesticide products. While we can’t guarantee this will be your reaction, you may find it useful. Find it at: http://pi.ace.orst.edu/PESTapp/

Today is World Soils Day! Find out how pesticides can affect soil and what you can do to help maintain soil health! Visi...
12/05/2019

Today is World Soils Day! Find out how pesticides can affect soil and what you can do to help maintain soil health! Visit http://npic.orst.edu/envir/soil.html to learn more.

Its National Handwashing Awareness week! The wipes used to clean surfaces are different than the wipes used to clean kid...
12/02/2019

Its National Handwashing Awareness week! The wipes used to clean surfaces are different than the wipes used to clean kids’ hands. Surface sanitizing wipes are pesticides, and shouldn’t be used on skin. Learn more about the antimicrobial pesticides you might have in your household. http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/antimicrobials.html

We will be closed November 28th-29th. Have a great Turkey Day!
11/27/2019

We will be closed November 28th-29th. Have a great Turkey Day!

If you don’t use your oven often, and you’ve been dealing with roaches, mice, or other pests, remember to check your ove...
11/26/2019

If you don’t use your oven often, and you’ve been dealing with roaches, mice, or other pests, remember to check your oven to remove any pesticides BEFORE you begin preparations for holiday feasts! It happens!

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what is the best way to get fleas out of my house and off my pets.. that is save with kids in the house
I recommend the National Pesticide Information Center for facts.
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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.
The hype about fipronil in Europe and the use of Frontline Plus (anti fleas and ticks for dogs which contains fipronil) for my dog made me Googling, when I came across this important information.