Pesticides Advice for Consumers

  • Use caution when buying pesticides on the internet. A professional looking website doesn’t ensure the seller knows the laws and regulations of selling pesticides online.
  • Make sure the product has an EPA registration number, provides the active ingredient, and is registered in New Mexico . Registered labels can be searched by EPA number, product name, or ingredient using National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC/NPRO).
  • Be certain the product has instructions that you can understand and follow.
  • Don’t buy restricted use pesticides if you are not licensed to apply them.
  • Understand the pest you are attempting to control. By doing a little research, you may find that other control options will work better. Integrated pest management (IPM) uses a variety of solutions for controlling pests. For example, rodent poisons can be avoided when controlling mice in homes. Alternative options include sealing entry points, food sources are eliminated, and snap traps are used.
  • Learn more about IPM from UPEST.