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Because "the dose makes the poison," someone may get sick from exposure to just about anything if their exposure is high enough. The risk of experiencing health problems from a pesticide depends on the toxicity of the pesticide and the amount of exposure. Even very low toxicity pesticides can be hazardous if too much is inhaled, gets on the skin, or is ingested. Minimizing the amount of pesticide used, selecting lower toxicity products and using protective equipment to minimize your exposure can all help to minimize the hazards associated with using pesticides.

Tips to reduce exposure:

These are just a few general tips on how to minimize pesticide exposure. One of our specialists can provide custom-tailored advice on ways to minimize the risk of your particular situation. Call us at 800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email npic@ace.orst.edu

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Last updated September 27, 2023