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Imagine you are spraying a pesticide when a concerned citizen approaches to ask questions. Sound like a familiar scenario? According to surveyed applicators, it happens often. Perhaps you have been asked questions such as these:
  • Is that a pesticide?
  • What’s in it?
  • Is it safe?

Taking the time to answer their questions is good for several reasons, but you may not always have the time to spare. Other times, their questions may be complicated or medical in nature, or you may not have the requested information with you in the field. The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) is a resource that can help answer these types of questions.
  1. Keep the NPIC phone number handy, and give it out 7 days/week: 1-800-858-7378
  2. Tell people the name of the product, and if possible, the EPA registration number.

NPIC is at Oregon State University, and their mission is to provide science-based, objective information about pesticides. With the product name and registration number in-hand, their specialists will take the time to answer any questions people may have. If you want, you can call them yourself and see how they respond to a test question.
  • Service is available in over 170 languages
  • Questions are welcome by phone (1-800-858-7378) or by email (npic@ace.orst.edu)
  • NPIC is open 7 days/week from 6:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • NPIC has fact sheets about several pesticides

Visit the NPIC website at http://npic.orst.edu