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This fact sheet was designed by NPIC as a quick-reference guide for professionals at Poison Control Centers nationwide. Poison Control Centers may request printed copies.

PESTICIDES: An Introduction for Poison Control Centers

Topic Fact Sheet

The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) is a service that provides science-based information about pesticides and pesticide-related topics.

Who does NPIC serve?

Most of NPIC's callers are the general public, but NPIC also answers questions from doctors, veterinarians, pest control companies, and pesticide manufacturers.

Foreign Language Capability: NPIC can assist people in over 240 different languages through an over-the-phone language service.

Poison Control Center operators can refer non-emergency pesticide questions to NPIC.

What kind of questions can NPIC answer?

What are questions NPIC cannot answer?

Do you know what a pesticide is?

You may know them as:

NPIC has health information about all of these types of products.

NPIC maintains a database of all pesticide products registered with the EPA.

How do you read a pesticide label?

The label on a pesticide package lists the active ingredient(s), signal word, directions for use, first aid instructions, hazards to humans, pets and wildlife, environmental hazards, and more.

Date Published: February 14, 2020

Additional NPIC Resources:

NPIC fact sheets are designed to answer questions that are commonly asked by the general public about pesticides that are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). This document is intended to be educational in nature and helpful to consumers for making decisions about pesticide use.

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