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Common Pesticide Questions

NPIC Common Pesticide Questions are stories about questions or concerns people frequently ask NPIC. The stories show what an actual conversation with a Pesticide Specialist can be like. A question is chosen because it involves circumstances or experiences where a message of hazard prevention is discussed. Scenarios might also be selected because the situation is remarkable in some way. NPIC Common Pesticide Questions are meant to be informational and to prevent unsafe pesticide practices.

We hope the collection helps to answer your questions, and prevent unsafe situations. If you don't see your question here, try our Pesticide Quick FAQs or give us a call!

PODCast PestiByte PODCasts are available for some of the following Common Pesticide Questions. PestiBytes are short (1-2 minute) interviews with NPIC pesticide specialists on each of the topics. Click the headphone icon below the title to download and listen to the PODCast.

groundwater cross section
How to keep pesticides out of my well water?
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woman reading pesticide label
"Natural or Green?" What does it mean?
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bed bugs
Don't let pesticides make your bed bug problem worse!
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Man on phone
Pesticides on the Golf Course?

Girl with Ball
My yard is being sprayed; can my kids go out and play?
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Farmworker
The crop was just sprayed. Can I work there today?
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Bag of pesticide
Mouse poison without directions Is that a bad sign?

Bleach
Fasten the lid, protect your kids!
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Horse
Rat bait stored with tack: Will the horse think it's a snack?

Roach
Don't distress over uninvited guests (roaches)!
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Germs
Toxic when eaten or by touch? Does the way I'm exposed matter that much?

Gopher
Cover the holes while baiting for moles (or gophers)!
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Baby
With a baby on the way, is it okay to spray?
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Shirt
Dirty work clothes: how should I wash out pesticides?
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Washing Produce
How can I wash pesticides from fruit and veggies?
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Germs
How do I clean and disinfect toys?

Lady Planting
When to plant after using weed killer?
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Plane
What should I do during mosquito spraying?
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Man and Dog
My home is being sprayed, should I go or stay?
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Lady and Cat
How "safe" are pesticides?

Fogger
Can bug bombs really explode?
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Man Spraying
Was I overexposed using DEET under clothes?

Ill Girl
Get rid of the mouse! With kids in the house?
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Rat
A mothball mishap?
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Slug
Could snail bait hurt my dog?
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Stream
Will the goose eat the granules? What about the wildlife?

Fish
Would I hurt the fish by weeding and feeding the lawn?
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Man Weeding
Will this weed killer hurt my grass?

Foggers
One or three? Too many foggers can hurt me!

Man Spraying Repellent
Should kids use bug spray?
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Drink Bottle
Pesticides and food containers just don't mix!
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Bug
If it's made of the same stuff, isn't the cheaper one good enough?

Man and Dog
I left for a minute. Did my dog get in it?

Lady Planting
Time to pick the veggies! What about the residue?

Last updated November 15, 2013

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