Consumers should use caution when buying pest control products. EPA exempts a number of products called "25b" pesticides from registration. Many of these products lack sufficient safety and use information. Many are marketed with false and misleading claims. Avoid buying from door-to-door, online, or telephone sellers. When shopping in your local store, make sure any product you buy has a EPA Registration Number on the label. With bed bugs, brown-marmorated stinkbugs, and Asian lady beetles affecting our daily lives, we are seeing more "snake-oil" products. If in doubt, contact your local Extension agent for assistance.
With the domestic honeybee in a worldwide health crisis,
pesticides are even less of an acceptable option to dealing with swarms
around the home. More and more local beekeeper organizations are
offering swarm removal as a public service. The Virginia State Beekeepers Association has a link to most local beekeeper organizations in Virginia.
Consumers use "general" use pesticides in and
around their own homes and gardens in their daily activities. This is
non-occupational pesticide use, does not require certification, and
involves the use of home and garden products that are available in
consumer retail channels.
There are a variety of educational resources available to help
consumers use pesticides safely and/or learn about alternatives to the
use of pesticides. Other resources help consumers gain knowledge about
common pests and pest control associated with our daily lives and
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The EPA Lawn and Garden page provides a number of features of benefit to the average consumer and homeowner. This includes a series of videos to encourage homeowners and communities to adopt healthy lawn care practices as a means of reducing pesticide risk to human health and the environment.