Minimum Risk Pesticides
Generally, a pesticide is any substance or mixture that is used to control or repel a pest.
All pesticides must be registered by the EPA before they are sold in the United States, except "minimum risk pesticides."
Minimum risk pesticides:
- ...may only contain the active ingredients on this list.
- ...may only contain other ingredients on this list.
- ...must identify all ingredients on the product label.
- ...cannot make misleading label claims.
- ...cannot claim to control pests that impact anyone's health.
Some 'minimum-risk' active ingredients:
cedar oil, citronella, corn gluten meal, dried blood, garlic oil, lemongrass oil, mint oil, egg solids, salt, soybean oil, thyme, zinc metal strips
Many states require minimum-risk pesticides to be registered. Before distributing minimum-risk pesticides in a state, check the requirements by contacting the pesticide regulatory agency.
- No matter how natural, all pesticides should be used with care.
- Always follow the label instructions, and take steps to minimize exposure to people, animals, and the environment.
- Plant oils can be harmful to the eyes, and people may be allergic to them.
- Your risk depends on the toxicity of the substance, and the amount of exposure.
If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated November 13, 2015