National Pesticide Information Center



Pesticide Drift

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Pesticide drift is the movement of pesticides away from the intended application site. Pesticide dust or droplets can be carried away by wind and other factors. Pesticide drift can cause accidental exposures of people, animals or plants. There are many practices that can be followed to minimize pesticide drift, here are a few:

  • Read and follow the label directions carefully.
  • When spraying, adjust the nozzle and pressure to make bigger droplets. Smaller droplets can travel further on the wind.
  • When dusting, consider the location, air movement, and drafts from opening/closing doors.

To learn more, see the resources below or contact NPIC for assistance. If you have questions about drift, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email at npic@ace.orst.edu.

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Last updated October 21, 2014

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