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Take the following steps when talking with a commercial pest control
service provider that is proposing to apply a pesticide in or around your
home, neighborhood or school:
Advocate for non- and least toxic alternatives to be used. When
you first contact a pest control company, inform them that you are
concerned about the use of toxic
pesticides and would like only non-toxic
if necessary, means of pest management to be used in and around your
home, neighborhood or school. Read our Alternative Factsheet page for more information on least toxic control of pesticides.
Some companies may give you a slew of reasons why you shouldn't
worry about the health risks of pesticides and still try to tell
you that conventional toxic pesticides are more effective. Don't
give in. In virtually all cases of pest management, there are excellent
prevention measures, and non- and least toxic alternatives which are more effective and are
not associated with the high risk for pesticide poisoning.
pesticides the company is proposing to use. Background materials
on the pesticides should then be assembled and reviewed. Ask the applicator
to provide copies of the pesticide label and Material Safety Data
Sheet on the pesticide(s). For additional information on the toxicity
and health risks of a pesticide, click here for a list
of toxic pesticide fact sheets available on this website. If the
company is proposing to use a chemical that does not appear on this
website, contact us at [email protected]
of the training and state certification of those applying the pesticides.
Those handling the pesticides are often operating "under the
supervision" of trained personnel. Ask the company applying
the pesticide whether the applicator has been trained and tested
by the state. Ask that a copy certificate be provided for review.
notification before the pesticides are applied in your neighborhood
or your child's school. This will at least give you and your
children the opportunity to avoid the area.
Ask that areas
treated with toxic
pesticides be posted, prior to treatment. Posting of flags
can alert people to stay off of and away from treated areas. Posting
prior to the application of pesticides can serve as a warning to stay
away. Signs should remain posted for at least 72 hours.
Alert the company
that you are concerned about pesticide drifting onto your property.
Monitor the drifting of pesticides and any adverse effects associated
with their application. This can be health or environmental effects.
Adverse effects should be reported to the state agency responsible
for enforcing pesticide law. You can request an investigation and
that an enforcement action be taken against the company. Send copies
of all correspondence with state officials to your elected representatives
and to Beyond Pesticides/NCAMP. Beyond Pesticides lists state pesticide
agencies on its State
Pages. Click on your state on the map and then on "Government
to Beyond Pesticides/NCAMP on the Safety Source for Pest Management.
Please let us know your thoughts on the company listed in Beyond Pesticides/NCAMP's
National Directory that you used. If you know of a pest management
company that should be listed in this directory, send
us their name and contact information.