This product is usually imported illegally from the Dominican Republic, Mexico and other Latin American countries. The name means "three little steps" in Spanish. The name implies that the product is so poisonous, mice will die very quickly after eating the poison. The active ingredient in Tres Pasitos is aldicarb. The EPA considers aldicarb to be a very toxic chemical that should never be used in your home.
Children and pets are especially vulnerable to poisoning by Tres Pasitos. The product is made of small brown grains that look like food. Tres Pasitos is often sold in sandwich bags with little or no labeling. Touching, breathing or swallowing even a small amount of Tres Pasitos can cause vomiting, weakness, dizziness, sweating, and shortness of breath. If you suspect someone was exposed to Tres Pasitos, call the Poison Control Center immediately at 1-800-222-1222 for medical advice, then contact NPIC to report the situation.
Additional Resources on Tres Pasitos and Aldicarb:
- Common Illegal Pest Products: Tres Pasitos - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Reregistration Eligibility Decision for Aldicarb - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Agreement to Terminate All Uses of Aldicarb - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Health Department Warning on Tres Pasitos - New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Inchem Fact Shet: Aldicarb - World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
- Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet: Aldicarb - New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
- Aldicarb Pesticide Information Profile - EXTOXNET
- Protect Your Business: Avoid Selling Illegal Pesticides - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
If you have questions about a potentially illegal or counterfeit product, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email at email@example.com.