National Pesticide Information Center



Low-Risk Pesticides

All pesticides have some amount of risk. The lowest risk comes with using no pesticide(s) at all. You can minimize the need for pesticides by using integrated pest management techniques. If you already tried exclusion, sanitation, and other methods, you may have decided that a pesticide is necessary. If so, consider using the lowest risk pesticide products first and only using higher risk products when all other tactics have failed.

Risk = Toxicity X Exposure

Low-toxicity pesticide products are labeled with a signal word of "CAUTION", rather than "WARNING" or "DANGER". No matter how toxic a pesticide may be, it's important to follow all of the label directions.

If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email us at npic@ace.orst.edu.

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Last updated November 9, 2015