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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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!

Secondary poisoning can occur when rats or mice eat rodent bait and are then eaten by other animals. Some poisoned roden...
11/25/2019

Secondary poisoning can occur when rats or mice eat rodent bait and are then eaten by other animals. Some poisoned rodents can kill or harm wildlife (hawks, cougars) or pets. The risks can vary between birds and mammals. Find out which pesticides have higher risks of secondary poisoning at:
http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/rodenticides.html

Bees can often find their way indoors to build their hives. DIY control may not be the best solution. To reduce the risk...
11/22/2019

Bees can often find their way indoors to build their hives. DIY control may not be the best solution. To reduce the risks from pesticide exposure, and stinging from bees, contact a beekeeper to have them safely removed. Find your local extension office to contact a local beekeeper at: http://npic.orst.edu/pest/countyext.htm

See the white growth on this beetle? It may look like something out of a horror movie, but this pest control tool is onl...
11/20/2019

See the white growth on this beetle? It may look like something out of a horror movie, but this pest control tool is only frightening to insects. Biopesticides like this fungus pose fewer risks than conventional pesticides but require more knowledge about the pest and product. They may seem scary, but they’ll grow on you...find out more at: http://npic.orst.edu/ingred/ptype/biopest.html

Pantry moths lay their eggs in stored food and grains. The larvae prefer grains, beans, nuts, and other stored goods, bu...
11/18/2019

Pantry moths lay their eggs in stored food and grains. The larvae prefer grains, beans, nuts, and other stored goods, but may even infest chocolate and dog treats. Finding the source of the infestation is the best first step in controlling pantry moths. Find out what else you can do to prevent pantry moths at: http://npic.orst.edu/pest/pantrymoth.html

Trick question! Maybe! If the product just claims to whiten your laundry, then it is not a pesticide. If it claims to ki...
11/12/2019

Trick question! Maybe! If the product just claims to whiten your laundry, then it is not a pesticide. If it claims to kill germs, sanitize, or control bacteria, it is a pesticide and must be registered with the EPA. See http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/antimicrobials.html for more information.

November 10 is World Science Day. Take a moment to appreciate the many inventions, drugs, electronics, and other discove...
11/10/2019

November 10 is World Science Day. Take a moment to appreciate the many inventions, drugs, electronics, and other discoveries we rely on daily, and the tremendous knowledge we have built of everything from atoms to the universe, and thank a scientist!

NPIC will be closed for Veterans Day. If you have an emergency, please contact the Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222...
11/09/2019

NPIC will be closed for Veterans Day. 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 (1.800.858.7378).

When is it ok for you and your dog to walk on treated grass? You can reduce risks by waiting until any spray is dry, or ...
11/07/2019

When is it ok for you and your dog to walk on treated grass? You can reduce risks by waiting until any spray is dry, or if it was a granular treatment, until the granules have dissolved and the grass is dry. The residues will stay put after that even if it rains. Find out more: http://npic.orst.edu/health/pets.html

Early identification is key to protecting infested trees from wood boring insects. Most wood borers target trees affecte...
11/06/2019

Early identification is key to protecting infested trees from wood boring insects. Most wood borers target trees affected by other pests, drought conditions, and other stressors. Find out more about wood boring beetles here: npic.orst.edu/pest/woodborer.html

Researchers have estimated that even common birds in America have declined by 30% over the past few decades. You can hel...
11/04/2019

Researchers have estimated that even common birds in America have declined by 30% over the past few decades. You can help by practicing Integrated Pest Management. Find out more at: http://npic.orst.edu/pest/ipm.html or contact your extension agent about bird-friendly landscaping advice.

The first thing to do any time you are using a pesticide is to read the entire label, even if you’ve read it before. Mak...
10/31/2019

The first thing to do any time you are using a pesticide is to read the entire label, even if you’ve read it before. Make sure the label says you can use the product where and how you intend to use it. If it doesn’t clearly say that, find another product to use instead. Happy Halloween!

Happy National Cat Day! It may be tempting to save time and money by reusing a dog flea product to treat the cat’s fleas...
10/29/2019

Happy National Cat Day! It may be tempting to save time and money by reusing a dog flea product to treat the cat’s fleas, but dogs’ and cats’ bodies react differently to some pesticides. In fact, dog flea and tick products could seriously hurt or kill a cat. Learn more precautions for pet flea products: http://npic.orst.edu/faq/spoton.html

It’s bat awareness week! They may have a face only a mother could love, but bats are the ultimate Integrated Pest Manage...
10/28/2019

It’s bat awareness week! They may have a face only a mother could love, but bats are the ultimate Integrated Pest Management tool. Many species are also in serious trouble. If you have bats roosting on your property, consider how you can coexist with them, and thank a bat for the mosquito that didn’t live to bite you!

October is raptor month! Not the prehistoric ones, but the closely-related birds. These predators are rodent-killing mac...
10/25/2019

October is raptor month! Not the prehistoric ones, but the closely-related birds. These predators are rodent-killing machines but can be put at risk by poisoned wildlife.
Find out how you can protect raptors, other birds, and wildlife from pesticides at: http://npic.orst.edu/envir/protwild.html

It's rodent awareness week! Bothered by rodents? If you have been woken up (like I have) to a squirrel chattering outsid...
10/24/2019

It's rodent awareness week! Bothered by rodents? If you have been woken up (like I have) to a squirrel chattering outside your window, you most definitely are. Limit rodent activity near you by blocking access, removing food and water sources, and trapping. Find out more about these mischievous creatures here: http://npic.orst.edu/pest/rodent.html

Pets can be exposed to pesticides in a number of ways. Topical flea treatments, snail and rodent baits, and yard sprays ...
10/18/2019

Pets can be exposed to pesticides in a number of ways. Topical flea treatments, snail and rodent baits, and yard sprays are sources of exposure. What risks exist, and how do you minimize their potential exposure? Find out more at: http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/petspest.html

Where and how long do pesticides last in the environment? While some last for long periods of time, many are short-lived...
10/17/2019

Where and how long do pesticides last in the environment? While some last for long periods of time, many are short-lived. Find out what affects break down and risks to the environment at: http://npic.orst.edu/envir/, or call us!

There have been many news stories about pesticides in food, but what are the real risks? What is a “tolerance”, and why ...
10/16/2019

There have been many news stories about pesticides in food, but what are the real risks? What is a “tolerance”, and why are residues allowed on crops and food? Find out more at: http://npic.orst.edu/health/food.html, or call us.

Children are more sensitive to pesticide exposure than adults. They also interact differently with their environment. Wh...
10/15/2019

Children are more sensitive to pesticide exposure than adults. They also interact differently with their environment. Why are they more sensitive, and what can you do to lessen their risks after an application? See more at: http://npic.orst.edu/health/child.html.

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