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Selecting Pesticides

Pesticides can be important tools in pest management, but by their nature, pesticides are toxic. Pesticide products can pose risks to humans, animals and the environment. Before choosing a pesticide, it is important to read and understand the directions on the product label. This will minimize your chance of having a problem with the pesticide once you use it.

To reduce risk, choose pesticide products with low toxicity by looking for the "signal word" CAUTION. This is one of the core concepts in Integrated Pest Management. You can also search for pesticide products registered in your state. The databases vary by state, but they often allow you to search for a product by the pest to be controlled, by active ingredient and/or by product name.

Also, your local Cooperative Extension Office may be able to provide a product recommendation to control your pest. Extension agents are often familiar with products and pests in your area. Ask about pesticide resistance.

When selecting pesticides, keep these important tips in mind:

If you need more information on products you are considering, 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 August 24, 2016

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