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National Pesticide Information Center

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Where to Start with Pesticide Incidents

Each state has a designated state pesticide regulatory agency that regulates most pesticide-related matters. They have the primary responsibility to investigate pesticide incidents, including potential pesticide misuse, drift, and off-target impacts. They can also help people evaluate pesticide work practices.

In many cases, it's good to start by calling your state pesticide regulatory agency.
Find their contact information here.

On tribal land, the regulator may be a tribal designee, or the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). You can report pesticide incidents online, or call your Regional EPA Office to identify the right people to investigate. Ask to speak with someone in the pesticide program. The EPA regulates pesticides at the national level.




Man with Pesticide in Eye

Human exposure or illness:

  1. If you need medical attention right now, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

  2. If the situation involves an exposure at work, pesticide misapplication, or drift, call your state pesticide regulatory agency to report the occupational exposure.

  3. Consider reporting the incident to the product's manufacturer. Manufacturers are required by law to submit reports of adverse effects to the US EPA.

  4. Call the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) at 1-800-858-7378. If you contact our trained specialists, they will ask questions, document your situation, and discuss your state's resources.

Attention Physicians and Health Care Providers:

By law, pesticide-related illness is a reportable condition in several states. If you are a health care provider treating a pesticide related incident, consider reading our Medical Case Profile on Pesticide Incident Reporting. NPIC has a medical toxicologist on staff that is available to consult with physicians about non-emergency pesticide exposure cases. Call us at 1-800-858-7378 for assistance.

Note: Some products applied to humans or animals are considered drugs (pharmaceuticals). Adverse reactions to drugs should be reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Vet with Sick Cat

Animal exposure or illness (pets, livestock):

  1. If your animal needs medical attention right now, consider calling your local veterinarian, a local emergency clinic, or calling the National Animal Poison Control Center (NAPCC) at 1-888-426-4435. NAPCC may charge a fee.

  2. Consider reporting the incident to the product's manufacturer. Manufacturers are required by law to submit reports of adverse effects to the US EPA.

  3. Consider contacting your state pesticide regulatory agency.

  4. Call the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) at 1-800-858-7378. If you contact our trained specialists, they will ask questions, document your situation, and discuss your state's resources.

Attention Veterinarians:

If you are a veterinarian, your report about pesticide-related illness will help improve the quality of all animal incident data received by the EPA. Please submit reports using our quick and easy Veterinary Pesticide Adverse Effects Reporting portal.

Note: Some products applied to humans or animals are considered drugs (pharmaceuticals). Adverse reactions to drugs should be reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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drift onto school

Pesticide drift, misuse, or other concerning application:

Whatever the pesticide regulations are in your state, potential violations should be reported to the state pesticide regulatory agency. The types of situations you may want to report include pesticide drift, applications where label directions or local regulations were not followed, applications of restricted-use pesticides by uncertified applicators, and the sale of illegal pesticides.

  1. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency.

  2. Call the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) at 1-800-858-7378. If you contact one of our trained specialists, they will ask questions, evaluate and document your situation, and discuss your state's resources.

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Dead Fish

Environmental incident (wildlife, air, soil or water):

  1. If a pesticide incident has occurred involving wildlife, air, soil or water, contact your state pesticide regulatory agency.

  2. You might also contact your state environmental agency to report the problem.

  3. Also, consider reporting the incident to the product's manufacturer. Manufacturers are required by law to submit reports of adverse effects to the US EPA.

  4. Call the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) at 1-800-858-7378. If you contact our trained specialists, they will ask questions, document your situation, and discuss your state's resources.

If you want to report pesticide-related illness in wildlife or an environmental problem associated with a pesticide, please submit a report using our quick and easy Ecological Pesticide Incident Reporting portal. Reports will improve the quality of environmental incident data the EPA receives. There is an overview available that provides additional detail about the reporting criteria.

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Problems with faulty pesticide containers:

Some problems with pesticide products should be reported to the state pesticide regulatory agency, while others should be reported to the product's manufacturer. Our trained specialists will ask you questions to help you determine who needs to be notified. NPIC is open from 8:00am - 12:00pm PST.


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Last updated March 27, 2014