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  Pesticide - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A pesticide may be a chemical substance or biological agent (such as a virus or bacteria) used against pests including insects, plant pathogens, weeds, mollusks, birds, mammals, fish, nematodes (roundworms) and microbes that compete with humans for food, destroy property, spread disease or are a nuisance.
A systemic pesticide is a pesticide applied to a plant which is absorbed into its sap and so distributed throughout the plant to make all parts of it poisonous to pests, without harming the plant, although systemic insecticides which poison pollen and nectar in the flowers may kill needed pollinators.
Pesticide impacts on aquatic systems are often studied using a hydrology transport model to study movement and fate of chemicals in rivers and streams.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Pesticide   (2641 words)

  
 Pesticide misuse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Under United States laws, pesticide misuse is the use of a pesticide in a way that violates laws regulating their use or endangers humans or the environment; many of these regulations are laid out in the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
The most common example of pesticide misuse is application inconsistent with the labeling, which could be use of a material in any way not described on the label, changing dosage rates, or violating a specific safety instruction.
Pesticide misuse that endanger human health or even cause death get the most attention from law enforcement, yet pesticide poisonings are still a common problem, particularly with agricultural workers.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Pesticide_misuse   (539 words)

  
 KDA Pesticide Use   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Pesticide manufacturers are required to register their products with us before they can be sold in Kansas.
To qualify for certification, a commercial pesticide applicator must show adequate knowledge of the type of pesticide application that he or she intends to perform.
By educating, training, and testing people who apply certain pesticides, we are able to assure consumers that the person applying pesticides to their lawn, home or workplace is knowledgeable and qualified.
www.accesskansas.org /kda/Pest&Fert/pest-pesticideuse.htm   (225 words)

  
 Agrochemical::CHEM-ONLINE.org::
A pesticide is a chemical, or sometimes biological agent such as a virus or bacteria, used to control, to repel, to attract, or to kill pests, which are organisms, including insects, weeds, birds, mammals, fish, and microbes, that compete with humans for food, destroy property, spread disease, or are considered a nuisance.
These consumption levels are based on scientifically sound risk assessment models that require pesticide manufacturers to produce extensive toxicological and residue research data in order to test pesticides prior to their registration for use on a particular food crop in the US.
Pesticide safety education and pesticide applicator regulation are designed to protect the public from pesticide misuse, but do not eliminate all misuse.
www.chem-online.org /agrochemical.htm   (1364 words)

  
 Pesticides Poising of Animals Report 2006: species, samples and pesticides involved.
The cause of death was identified in 13 incidents, with 12 being caused by pesticide poisoning.
Pesticide abuse accounted for three of the incidents (appendix 3, numbers 3, 4 and 48) and pesticide misuse for three incidents (appendix 2, numbers 1, 5 and 10).
In one misuse incident (appendix 2, number 14) involving the chemicals difenacoum and flocoumafen, unprotected rodenticide bait was left in an area that was open to the public in a well-used tourist attraction that is particularly aimed at families with children.
www.pesticides.gov.uk /environment.asp?id=2171   (2700 words)

  
 What is a Pesticide? - NSC
Pesticides are potential hazards in many buildings because they are widely used to reduce many household pests, including those associated with indoor plants, pets, and wood and woolen products, and because they are tracked in from the outdoors.
Since some of the symptoms of pesticide poisoning may be similar to those characteristic of the flu or other diseases, if you have one or more of these symptoms, it is important to tell your doctor if these symptoms first appeared after using or being exposed to a pesticide.
In general, EPA and public health professionals recommend the public limit their exposure to pesticides because, despite all the testing, it is not usually possible to rule out a pesticide's potential contribution to chronic disease.
www.nsc.org /issues/poison/pesticide.htm   (1057 words)

  
 Agricultural pesticide contamination - Encyclopedia of Earth
Agricultural pesticide contamination results from the use and/or misuse of agricultural pesticides, and is manifested as adverse effects on human health and the environment.
For example, pesticides were used effectively for the control of insect and fungal pests of potato in the U. in the 1940s, the control of insect pests of rice in Japan in the early 1950s and the control of boll weevil in El Salvador in 1953.
In addition, persistent pesticides such as DDT pesticide may bioaccumulate, move through the food chain and eventually be ingested by and adversely affect birds, wild animals and domestic livestock.
www.eoearth.org /article/Agricultural_pesticide_contamination   (1347 words)

  
 Pesticide Enforcement Guidance Memorandum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The Pesticide Control Specialist II has the responsibility to advise the Bureau of Pesticide Regulation of factors which impair or are likely to impair or enhance full and professional execution of the pesticides enforcement workplan.
Pesticide misuse engenders the distinct possibility that violations of fish and wildlife, wetlands, water and hazardous waste laws may also have occurred.
Pesticide misuse resulting in property damage or environmental damage or unknown exposure means any misuse resulting in any damage to real or personal property, or the environment, or any misuse where no known human exposure has been documented.
www.dec.state.ny.us /website/ogc/egm/pesticide.html   (5550 words)

  
 Illinois Department of Agriculture
Strong winds blowing pesticides onto surrounding properties result in the largest number of complaints, so care should be taken to apply when winds are light and directed away from sensitive vegetation.
The investigator may also interview applicators in the area, examine pesticide records and collect weather data in an attempt to determine the nature and cause of the damage.
The department's role in pesticide misuse incidents is limited to determining whether a violation has occurred.
www.agr.state.il.us /Environment/Pesticide/pestuses.html   (622 words)

  
 Pesticide misuse - Definition, explanation
It would also be a violation to alter or remove pesticide labels, to sell restricted pesticides to an uncertified applicator, or to fail to keep sales and use records of restricted pesticides.
One of the worst cases of pesticide misuse in recent history involved the application of a pesticide intended for outdoor agricultural use (methyl parathion) to homes in Mississippi for cockroaches and other home pests.
Pesticides are toxic compounds and the labels are specifically designed to make their use effective and safe.
www.calsky.com /lexikon/en/txt/p/pe/pesticide_misuse.php   (524 words)

  
 KDA Pesticide Misuse   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
All complaints to EPA relating to pesticide misuse in Kansas are referred to us for investigation.
It is important that any suspected pesticide misuse be reported to KDA as soon as possible after the incident has occurred.
Investigations of pesticide incidents are conducted by the KDA at no cost to either the complainant or the applicator.
www.accesskansas.org /kda/Pest&Fert/pest-misuse.htm   (995 words)

  
 Drift Complaints
These roles are based on the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s responsibilities to administer and enforce the laws related to the use of pesticides and University of Illinois Extension’s responsibilities to educate and solve problems.
Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) program and other educational efforts, Extension provides information that helps to prevent drift from occurring in the first place.
Remember, the Department's role in pesticide misuse incidents is limited to determining whether a violation has occurred.
www.pesticidesafety.uiuc.edu /facts/complain.html   (1117 words)

  
 EPA | How to respond to pesticide misuse
Pesticide misuse is covered by a number of NSW laws.
EPA Pesticides Officers are authorised to investigate pesticide misuse and this may lead to prosecution where appropriate evidence is obtained.
The EPA may provide advice that the action was within the law, direct pesticide users to sources of advice on best practice use of pesticides, issue a warning to the pesticide user, refer the incident to another authority where appropriate, or facilitate communication among the people involved.
www.epa.nsw.gov.au /envirom/pestmisuse.htm   (1014 words)

  
 CNN - Homeowners worried after pesticide misuse - Nov. 18, 1996
The men are suspected of having misapplied the pesticide for between five and 15 years, according to Dr. Robert Hotchkiss, of the Mississippi Department of Health.
Carol Kemker of the Atlanta regional EPA office said this case "could be one of the worst cases of pesticide misuse" in U.S. history.
Pesticides are widely used on the Gulf coast, which is a subtropical coastal plain.
cnn.com /EARTH/9611/18/pesticide.abuse   (595 words)

  
 Pesticide Compliance Activities - Washington State Dept.of Agriculture - WSDA
Under the authority of 15.58 RCW - the Washington Pesticide Control Act and 17.21 RCW - the Washington Pesticide Application Act, the Compliance Branch enforces federal and state regulations relating to the storage, distribution, transportation, disposal and use of pesticides.
All certified applicators who apply pesticides and all persons applying pesticides to more than one acre of agricultural land in a calendar year, including public entities engaged in roadside spraying of pesticides, must keep records of their pesticide applications for seven years.
In addition to the pesticide dealer manager license, each location or outlet at which pesticides are distributed except those who distribute home and garden products only, must also obtain a pesticide dealer license as required in in RCW 15.58.180 of the Washington Pesticide Control Act.
agr.wa.gov /PestFert/Pesticides/ComplianceActivities.htm   (1958 words)

  
 Untitled Document
However, pesticide misuse is a common problem with consumers.
If using a pesticide is the only practical method of controlling the pest, be sure to use the least toxic.
Pesticide rates will vary depending on the type of pest to be controlled.
www.ces.ncsu.edu /successfulfamily/Housing/pesticide.htm   (352 words)

  
 Methyl Parathion Misuse Questions and Answers
The Office of Pesticide Programs is working with its regions, other EPA offices, and other state and federal Agencies that are involved in this response to methyl parathion misuse to develop short-and long-term communications strategies.
The goal of reregistration is to bring, the data supporting pesticide registrations first granted before November 1984 up to date with current science and ensure that all pesticide uses meet today's stringent safety standards.
NPTN is staffed by highly qualified and trained pesticide specialists who have the toxicology and environmental chemistry education and training needed to provide knowledgeable answers to pesticide questions.
www.pesticidesafety.uiuc.edu /facts/mp/QandA.html   (2094 words)

  
 Safer Pest Control in the Home
Misusing pesticides or hiring someone who misuses pesticides can make your home unsafe and may harm your family's health.
Sometimes non-registered pesticides from other countries are used illegally in the United States without having gone through the health and safety testing required by the EPA.
One reason pesticides are misused is that people are sometimes unwilling or unable to read the label.
pasture.ecn.purdue.edu /~epados/urbanPest/1misuse.htm   (982 words)

  
 Massachusetts Department of Food & Agriculture: Pesticide Bureau - Enforcement
In addition the Department is designated by the USEPA as the state lead agency of the federal pesticide statute (FIFRA).
Inspectors respond to allegations of pesticide misuse and inspect dealer establishments, pest control businesses and pesticide producer establishments.
Civil and Criminal prosecution is handled for the DFA by the District Attorney or the Office of the Attorney General.
www.mass.gov /agr/pesticides/enforcement   (143 words)

  
 EPA Fines Gary Seymour $23,100 for Pesticide Misuse   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Seymour was not a certified applicator nor did he apply the pesticide under the direct supervision of a certified applicator.
Such placement of aldicarb and other highly toxic pesticides in the environment poses a grave danger to both humans and animals, including those protected by the Endangered Species Act, who may come into contact with the material.
Pesticides should only be applied, for their intended uses and according to label directions.
www.epa.gov /region04/oeapages/02press/053102.htm   (358 words)

  
 EPA | Information for pest management technicians
In NSW, the misuse of pesticides may be subject to large fines - up to $120,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a corporation.
Before you apply pesticides inside premises, talk to the residents about removing or protecting items or furniture that should not be sprayed, such as cooking utensils, children's cots and toys.
Under the Pesticides Regulation 1995 you are required to make and keep a record of every pesticide application you make.
www.environment.nsw.gov.au /pesticides/technicians.htm   (1298 words)

  
 Winston-Salem Journal | Fla. vegetable grower fined for pesticide misuse in N.C.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
PLANT CITY, Fla. - Ag-Mart Inc., one of the state's largest vegetable growers, was ordered to pay $111,200 in fines for pesticide misuse in North Carolina and Florida.
Ag-Mart has already said it would voluntarily scale back its use of pesticides, incorporating many of the practices used on its organic farms into its traditional operations.
Pesticide labels specify how soon a crop can be harvested after chemicals are applied, as well as how soon workers can re-enter the fields.
www.journalnow.com /servlet/Satellite?pagename=WSJ/MGArticle/WSJ_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1128767526256&path=!localnews!article&s=1037645509099   (479 words)

  
 VDACS - Pesticide Services - Pesticide Enforcement & Compliance
Eleven Pesticide Investigators conduct random inspections statewide to monitor the pesticide production, sales and application industry to insure compliance with state and federal laws, and regulations promulgated by the Virginia Pesticide Control Board.
Pesticide investigators also investigate citizen complaints alleging the misuse of pesticides.
Pesticide investigators respond to inquiries for information, requests for assistance with meeting regulatory requirements, and calls to investigate allegations of pesticide misuse.
www.vdacs.virginia.gov /pesticides/enforcement.html   (237 words)

  
 Pesticide Quarterly--Volume 20, No. 4
They are: off-label pesticide use, illegal importation of pesticides from Canada, and cheating on pesticide certification exams.
But it is fair to say that the vast majority of righteous pesticide users will suffer the most because they will undeservingly have to bear the burden of more regulations and negative publicity.
After all, millions of pesticide applications are made each year to literally millions of crop acres.
www.ext.nodak.edu /extnews/pestqtrly/pq20-4.htm   (5393 words)

  
 Reporting Pesticide Complaints
In order to be legally used, a pesticide must be registered for its intended use with both the State of Minnesota and the US EPA.
As soon as you are aware that the illegal use of a pesticide may have damaged the environment, contaminated food/feed products or damaged a crop or ornamental, call the MDA to discuss your complaint.
Such information includes: who/what was injured/damaged, where the damage occurred, what the symptoms of injury/damage are, the date/time that pesticide misuse happened, who is responsible, and what the product is thought to be.
www.mda.state.mn.us /chemicals/pesticides/complaints.htm   (853 words)

  
 TENNESSEE MAN SENTENCED FOR PESTICIDE MISUSE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
He also was convicted of illegally applying the pesticide in homes in the Memphis area.
Evidence introduced at the trial indicated that Kelly did not warn his customers of the dangerous nature of the pesticides he was applying, even when his customers asked.
Hundreds of Kelly's customers were exposed to high levels of methyl parathion, which caused many of them to become ill. The case was investigated by EPA Criminal Investigation Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and was prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.
www.mapcruzin.com /envirocrimes/ecrime01083.htm   (141 words)

  
 2002 - Bronson Cautions Public on Pesticide Misuse
His warning follows an alleged pesticide misuse in Enterprise, Alabama, which may have led to two deaths, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Aluminum phosphide pesticides may only be used by a properly certified Restricted Use Pesticide Applicator in Florida.
Anyone in the general public who believes that they are in possession of aluminum phosphide pesticide products should immediately notify the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement at 1 800 342-5869 or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at 1 800 241-1764.
doacs.state.fl.us /press/2002/01232002.html   (209 words)

  
 Pesticide Safety Education Program
The recipient of this award is nominated by his or her peers in the South Carolina Association of County Agricultural Agents because of his or her innovation and leadership in the development and presentation of pesticide programming to the citizens of their county.
Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators - Certain pesticides may be applied only by or under the direct supervision of specially trained and certified applicators.
Southern Region Pesticide Safety Education Center (PSEC) - - the center itself is located on the campus of NC State University.
entweb.clemson.edu /pesticid/program/psep.htm   (642 words)

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