“Is the use of pesticides safe for my children and pets?”

“How do I know this stuff has been tested?”

“Why use pesticides? Just let nature take its course.”

You and your employees have been faced with questions such as these many times, I'm sure; questions about the pest control products you use to provide vigorous, healthy and attractive lawns, ornamentals, landscapes and water bodies and pest-free buildings for your customers.

Likely, you field these questions well. But, just in case you need a little help, or additional backup information, please take time to read this special supplement.

The questions posed in this supplement are some of the most commonly asked of RISE and its members. We thought they likely were ones posed to you, as well.

The answers are well based and supported by authoritative sources. They will help you lay to rest myth and misinformation about pesticides and their uses. The information underscores the fact that the specialty pesticide industry is one of the most heavily regulated in the United States, and its products among the most extensively tested for human health, safety and environment.

Thanks to RISE members (listed on back page) who helped support the printing of this valuable resource.

We hope this information is helpful. Use the supplement as part of your employee training program, to answer customer questions and to respond to consumer concerns. And, if you have other questions or need for additional information, visit our Web page at http://www.pestfacts.org or contact RISE by phone at (202) 872-3860 or fax at (202) 463-0474.


RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) is the national association representing the manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry leaders involved with specialty pesticide and fertilizer products used in turf, ornamental, pest control, aquatic and terrestrial vegetation management and other non-food/fiber applications. Visit our Web sites at http://www.pestfacts.org; http://www.westnilevirusfacts.org; and http://www.schoolpestfacts.com.

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