Pesticide News

for 2015

Distribution of Certain Mouse and Rat Control Products Ends

On April 1, 2015, Reckitt Benckiser ceased all distribution of 12 d-CON products that do not meet EPA’s current safety standards. EPA reached an agreement with Reckitt, the manufacturer, to cancel these products because they are sold without a protective bait station and pose risks to children and pets. Additionally, eight of the 12 products pose unacceptable risks to certain wildlife. Retailers may sell and consumers may buy these products according to the label until stocks are exhausted.  Users of these d-CON products must read and follow the product label instructions.

 Household rodenticide products that comply with the Agency’s safety criteria are widely available and are required to be sold and used with a bait station in most use scenarios. EPA encourages consumers to use rodenticide products with bait stations, as proper use of a bait station reduces the risk of accidental exposure to children, pets, and non-target wildlife. 

• Learn more about the cancellation of these 12 d-Con products.

• Find examples of household rodenticide products that meet EPA safety criteria.

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Bedbug News

Collaborative Strategy on Bed Bugs Now Available 

The management of bed bugs continues to be a major challenge for communities, state and local governments, private industry and the American public. Today, on behalf of the Federal Bed Bug Workgroup, EPA is releasing the  Collaborative Strategy on Bed Bugs,  providing guidance for how the various levels of government can minimize the negative effects of bed bug infestations on human health and the economy.
The Strategy advocates for a logical, integrated approach to bed bug management, with a focus on cooperation among all levels of government and the community. When communities customize implementation at the local level, they are able to draw on their own unique characteristics and strengths to develop a more robust management program. By implementing programs that address the issues discussed in this strategy, communities can reduce costs and achieve a better level of bed bug control.
The Strategy is organized into four priority areas for bed bug control:

  • Prevention,
  • Surveillance and Integrated Pest Management,
  • Education and Communication, and
  • Research.

For each priority area, the Strategy defines the problem, recommends actions and discusses ways to measure the success of these actions. Readers will also find information on the elements of a successful program; what collaboration needs to take place; how to measure results; and, the identification of research needs. 
The Collaborative Strategy on Bed Bugs was developed by the Federal Bed Bug Workgroup, which was established based on a recommendation from the first National Bed Bug Summit in April 2009. The strategy was developed with input from representatives of the Department of Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, represented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Collaborative Strategy on Bed Bugs is available at www2.epa.gov/bedbugs/collaborative-strategy-bed-bugs.   

For more information on Bed Bug Control, please visit: www2.epa.gov/bedbugs.
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An Easier Way to Find Your Pesticide Program Contacts 

Finding program contact information for EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs just got easier. We have launched a new Pesticide Contacts and Organization Information website to serve as a hub to find regional and headquarters contacts, hotlines, organizational charts, and visitor information. This website is part of EPA’s effort to design easy-to-use Web content that can be viewed on all devices, including tablets and smartphones.

The new website includes updated contact information for some programs, so please familiarize yourself with the website and update your contacts and bookmarks as necessary. The address for the new website is: www2.epa.gov/pesticide-contacts.  

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Minimum Risk Pesticide Web Information Updated and Expanded

As part of EPA’s ongoing effort to build a more user-friendly website, we have transformed ourMinimum Risk Pesticides website into a new, easy-to-use format. Information should now be easier to access regardless of the type of device being used (for example, laptop, tablet, or smart phone). The new site highlights the most-requested information and has been redesigned based on historic website traffic, with a focus on stakeholders who are interested in manufacturing, selling or distributing minimum risk pesticides. Minimum risk pesticides are those pesticides that EPA has determined pose little to no risk to human health or the environment and are therefore exempted from the requirement that they be registered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.
  
In transforming the website, EPA has included more information to be clearer about the conditions that a product must meet to be considered minimum risk. It is important to note that this website does not reflect any regulatory changes or new requirements for manufacturers. 

The website is organized into the following areas:

  • About Minimum Risk Pesticides
  • Conditions to Qualify as a Minimum Risk Pesticide Product
  • Clarifications about Minimum Risk Active and Inert Ingredients
  • Regulation and Enforcement of Minimum Risk Pesticides

The old Web pages will redirect to the new website, and we encourage visitors to update their bookmarks with the new URLs.
 
The address for the new website is: www2.epa.gov/minimum-risk-pesticides.
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The Center for Integrated Pest Management has launched the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship website. This site is designed for anyone who applies, sells, stores or disposes of pesticides. The website complements the work of Extension agents and Pesticide Safety Education Programs. It covers a wide variety of stewardship topics ranging from storage, handling and disposal, drift runoff and has an extensive section for Homeowners.

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