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Pest fact sheets
Extension services vary by state and county. Local knowledge can often be the best resource for your specific questions. You will need to check with your state or local Extension office to determine what expertise is in your area, but traditional services that Extension may provide include:
State Extension and local pest fact sheets:
By calling the coordinator of Master Gardeners in your state, you’ll find out how to get in touch with a local expert. He or she may have experience and locally based knowledge about how to deal with a specific pest that is giving you trouble. You may also ask about:
Here are the Master Gardener contacts in your state:
Some cities, counties and/or regions have programs that address mosquitoes, ticks, rodents and other pests. These animals are called “vectors” because they can spread public health diseases. Each program may offer different services based on local funding and needs. Vector Control Agencies may be able to:
Here are the Vector Control contacts in your state:
In the U.S., each state has an agency in charge of environmental issues. It may be called the Department of Environmental Protection/Quality/or Natural Resources, or something similar. You might consider contacting your State Environmental Agency for issues like these:
Here are the State Environmental Agency contacts in your state:
In the U.S., each state has an agency in charge of pesticide-related issues. It may be called the Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Regulation, Environmental Conservation or something similar. They often work closely with Regional Offices of the US EPA. You might consider contacting your State Pesticide Agency for issues like these:
Here are the State Pesticide Agency contacts in your state:
The state level health department may be able to help you find local resources for health care and health education. You might consider contacting your State Health Department for issues like these:
Here is the State Health Agency contact in your state:
In each state, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) works to reduce and prevent workplace injuries and work-related illnesses. In agricultural settings, the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is enforced and monitored in most states by the Pesticide Regulatory Agency.
If you may be exposed to pesticides in your non-agricultural workplace, use the contacts below for the following issues:
If you are a state or local government employee who is not covered through the contacts below, please contact the NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation Program.
Here are the worker health and safety contacts in your state:
There are 10 regional offices of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They work closely with each state's Pesticide Regulatory Agency on pesticide issues. You might consider contacting your Regional EPA Office for issues like these:
Here is the EPA Regional office for your state/region:
Conservation districts across the country serve to help their communities manage and protect natural resources on private land. You might consider contacting your conservation district for issues like these:
Here are the Conservation District contacts in your state:
Sewage and storm-water treatment facilities may not be able to handle certain chemicals, so it’s important not to dump pesticides down your sink or toilet. Never dump chemicals in natural waters or storm drains. If you have questions about how to dispose of household or commercial products safely, you might consider contacting your local hazardous waste contact.
Here are the Household and Hazardous Waste contacts in your state: