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Air and Pesticides

Air quality is a measure of the amount of pollutants in our atmosphere, which includes indoor and outdoor air. Pesticides in agriculture and urban settings have the potential to contaminate our air, affecting human, animal and plant health. Some pesticide ingredients stay in the atmosphere for only a short period of time, while others can last longer. Pesticides released into the air can settle to the ground, be broken down by sun light and water in the atmosphere, or dissipate into the surrounding air.

When are pesticides in the air a health risk?

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How do pesticides get into the air?

How can I minimize my exposure to pesticides in the air?

How can I find out about my air quality?

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If you have questions about pesticides in the environment, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email at npic@ace.orst.edu.

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Last updated January 19, 2021

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