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2014 Label Changes FAQs

Has EPA done anything nationally to address the pollinator concerns with pesticides that are toxic to bees?

A. Yes.  EPA has been working aggressively to protect bees and other pollinators from pesticide exposure.  For more information on their efforts go to:

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Has ODA taken any additional regulatory measures since implementing the temporary use restriction involving dinotefuran in June?

A. Yes. On November 12, 2013, ODA notified pesticide product registrants that as a condition of annual registration for 2014, dinotefuran and imidacloprid products offered for sale or distribution into Oregon will require an Oregon specific statement prohibiting the application of the products on lindens, basswood, or Tilia species trees.
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How will this Oregon specific pollinator statement affect me as an applicator? 

A. There will be a specific restriction in the Directions for Use section of labels prohibiting the use of the products on linden, basswood and Tilia species trees in Oregon.  You will need to read the pesticide label on the product in your possession completly to determine if it can be used on these trees.
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I was planning on using a dinotefuran or imidacloprid product this season on lindens.  Since that use is now prohibited what can I do?

A.  You will need to find an alternative product with a different active ingredient.  You can use the Pesticide Information Center Online (PICOL)​ database to search for products, or you can contact the Oregon State University Extension Service for advice.
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If I still have some imidacloprid or dinotefuran pesticide products with the old labels, may I still use them?

A. No.  A new Temporary Rule was enacted on June 26, 2014, prohibiting any application of these active ingredients to lindens, basswoods or other Tilia species trees, by any application method.  This ban covers all dinotefuran and imidacloprid products, regardless of age.  The Temporary Rule is in effect until December 23, 2014.
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Is ODA providing any other outreach regarding these new label restrictions?

A.  Yes, ODA will be providing brochures to help homeowners and pesticide applicators.  We will also be updating exams and study materials, as well as providing training modules for a pollinator protection program.
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ODA is restricting the use of dinotefuran and imidacloprid in linden, basswood and Tilia species trees.  How do I know if I have one of these trees?

A. You will have to identify your trees.  You can do this by going to the Oregon State University Landscape Plants website at: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/Idplants/​
or you may contact your local OSU Extension Service Master Gardener Program or an arborist for help.
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