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Minimum Risk Pesticides

Generally, a pesticide is any substance or mixture that is used to control or repel a pest. All pesticides must be registered by the EPA before they are sold in the United States, except "minimum risk pesticides."

Minimum risk pesticides:

Some 'minimum-risk' active ingredients:
cedar oil, citronella, corn gluten meal, dried blood, garlic oil, lemongrass oil, mint oil, egg solids, salt, soybean oil, thyme, zinc metal strips

Many states require minimum-risk pesticides to be registered. Before distributing minimum-risk pesticides in a state, check the requirements by contacting the pesticide regulatory agency.

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 May 02, 2018

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