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How to Select a Respirator for Use with Pesticides

spraying pesticide while wearing respirtator

Respirators protect you from breathing pesticide contaminated air. Inhalation of pesticides can be very dangerous to your health. Using the correct type of respirator, that is fitted properly, will help reduce the risk of harmful pesticide exposure. The first step in selecting a respirator is to check the pesticide product label. All labels are required…

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Is It Heat Exhaustion or Pesticide Poisoning?

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Sometimes the symptoms of pesticide poisoning can be confused with other illnesses. Anyone who works with or near pesticides should be aware of the symptoms of pesticide poisoning. Pesticide applicators who work with organophosphate or carbamate insecticides in warm and hot conditions need to be especially aware of the difference between heat exhaustion and pesticide poisoning. It…

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How to Wash Pesticide Contaminated Clothing

How to Wash Pesticide Contaminated Clothing

The EPA has issued guidelines for pesticide safety including for washing work clothes. Proper washing is important to minimize physical contact and prevent others from becoming accidentally exposed. Always keep work clothes separate from your non-work or family’s clothes. Always wash work clothes separately to prevent cross contamination. Wash a few items at a time…

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Do the New EPA Pesticide Rules Apply to You?

Pesticide Regualtions

As of January 2, 2017, new regulations from the EPA that govern pesticides are now in effect. Federal law requires any person who applies or supervises the use of restricted use pesticides (RUPs) to be certified in accordance with EPA regulations and state, territorial and tribal laws. Do these affect you? To answer this question, first…

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Pesticides Blamed for Bumble Bee Losses

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

On January 11, 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service placed the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Protected on the Endangered Species list. This is the first time ever that bees have been placed on the list. Part of the official document states, “While the exact cause of the species’ decline is uncertain, the primary causes attributed…

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Online Video Courses for Texas Pesticide Applicators

Online video continuing education courses are now available for pesticide applicators in Texas. The Texas Department of Agriculture has approved a new series of online video training courses for pesticide applicators who need to renew their license and/or certification. The courses are available 24/7 and can be taken from any internet connected device including computers,…

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Nebraska Pesticide Applicators, Complete your Re-certification Course Online!

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has approved the first and only online video re-certification program for private pesticide applicators. This ground-breaking new program allows private applicators to complete the required continuing education for re-certification from the comfort of their own home. This program is available 24/7, is taught by an actual instructor (Gene Merkl) on…

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Pesticide Resistant Bed Bugs

Pesticide Resistant Bed Bug

A 2016 study by the University of Sydney revealed that Bed Bugs are becoming more resistant to Pyrethroid insecticides. This tolerance appears to be a genetic response to Pyrethroid exposure. The study revealed that Pyrethroid resistant Bed Bugs had a thickening of their cuticle. Essentially, they are adding thicker skins or armoring up their defenses…

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New Training Options for Oklahoma Pesticide Applicators!

Pest control professionals including Certified Applicators, Private Applicators, and Service Technicians now have a new option for completing continuing education using online video courses. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry has approved 10 new online video courses for continuing education credits. These 10 courses covering pesticide core standards topics are produced by Certified…

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