Pesticide News

for 2014



EPA and Reckitt Benckiser Inc. Reach Agreement to Cancel Certain Rodenticide Products


WASHINGTON  - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached agreement with Reckitt Benckiser Inc. to cancel 12 d-CON mouse and rat poison products that do not currently comply with EPA safety standards.


“Millions of households use mouse and rat poison products each year. Canceling these products will help prevent risks to children, pets and wildlife,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “This voluntary move will get us far faster results than would otherwise be achieved through an administrative process.”



Before EPA tightened the safety standards for household rat and mouse poison products, more than 10,000 children a year were accidentally exposed. Since the new standard took effect, the number of children exposed has decreased. The agency worked with a number of companies to develop safer mouse and rat poison products that are effective, affordable and widely available.


The cancellation of these 12 d-CON products that do not comply with current standards will continue the trend of reduced exposure to children, pets and wildlife. The company has agreed to stop production by the end of the year and stop distribution to retailers by  March 31, 2015 . The new standards require consumer mouse and rat poison products to be housed in protective bait stations.


Pellets and other bait forms that cannot be secured in bait stations are prohibited.  EPA also prohibits the sale of products containing brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone and difenacoum to residential consumers because of their greater risk to wildlife such as mountain lions, eagles, wolves and foxes.  

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For a complete list of the homeowner use rat and mouse products that meet EPA’s safety standards, visit:


EPA Extends Comment Period for Proposed New Safety Measures to Protect Farm Workers from Pesticide Exposure

WASHINGTON -  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the comment period for the proposed revisions to the agricultural Worker Protection Standard for an additional 60 days, until  August 18, 2014 , in response to requests from growers, industry, farmworker advocates and states for additional time to provide input.

“The opportunity to revise the rule may not come again for some time, so we are committed to getting it right,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.  “Updating the 20-year old regulation to provide more protections to the nation’s two million farm workers and their families from pesticide exposure is a priority for EPA.”

The proposed changes provide significant improvements to worker training regarding the safe use of pesticides, including how to prevent and effectively treat pesticide exposure. Increased training from every five years to every year and signage would help farmworkers protect themselves and their families from pesticide exposure. 

Workers and others near treated fields would be better protected from pesticide overspray and fumes. In addition, the EPA has proposed that children under 16 be legally barred from handling all pesticides.  These revisions protect workers while ensuring agricultural productivity and preserving the traditions of and exemptions for family members working on family farms.

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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:

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

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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