The Pesticide Program’s newest resource directory is titled “Ingredients Used in Pesticide Products” and contains valuable information on pesticide product chemicals, both active and inert ingredients. The target audiences for the resource directory include consumers, press, and registrants interested in finding out more about a pesticide ingredient. The directory explains the different types of pesticides and ingredients. It currently contains fact sheets on a few of the more commonly searched-for active ingredients and pesticides groups, and more will be added over time. Our online databases of chemicals, inert ingredients, and pesticide product labels are also conveniently provided in the directory.
The Ingredients Used in Pesticide Products resource directory can be found at http://www2.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products.
_______________________________________________________________________________EPA Introduces New Graphic to Help Consumers Make Informed Choices about Insect Repellents
The EPA today unveiled a new graphic that will be available to appear on insect repellent product labels. The graphic will show consumers how many hours a product will repel mosquitoes and ticks when used as directed.
The EPA’s new graphic will do for bug repellents what SPF labeling did for sunscreens. This new graphic will help parents, hikers and the general public better protect themselves and their families from serious health threats caused by mosquitoes and ticks that carry debilitating diseases. Incidence of these diseases is on the rise. The CDC estimates that there are nearly 300,000 cases of Lyme disease in the United States each year. Effective insect repellents can protect against serious mosquito- and tick-borne diseases.
The EPA is accepting applications from manufacturers that wish to add the graphic to their repellent product labels. The public could see the graphic on products early next year.
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New Items in the Bed Bug Information Clearinghouse
Bed bugs continue to be a concern around the country. On our bed bug Web page, we have a clearinghouse of publications and outreach materials that can help communities deal with these pests. Four new items have been added in the past few months:
- Bed Bug Prevention, Detection, and Control (see item #4) -- a brochure by EPA
- Bed Bug Card for Travel (see item #7) -- business card-size tips card by EPA
- Bed Bug Tips Card (scroll down to item #16) -- business card-size tips card by EPA
- Bed Bugs and Integrated Pest Management (see item #3) (video in Spanish by Rutgers University)
Take a look at these and the other resources in the clearinghouse, as well as on the main bed bug Web pages. More information for consumers about pesticides is available at www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol.
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.