Outside New England
Center for Disease Control and Pervention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.
The Cooperative State, Research, Education
and Extension Service of the USDA / CSREES
CSREES has research and education information about many subjects, and staff specialists who can answer your questions or refer you to someone at state or county level who possesses the information you need.
EPA has created a new web site, to provide farm workers, certified applicators, and health care providers with information on the Agency's pesticide safety programs. This web site, which can be accessed in English and Spanish, provides specific information on applicator certification and training requirements and EPA's Worker Protection Standard, including pesticide safety training, notification of pesticide applications, use of personal protective equipment and emergency medical assistance. The site also provides information on the Pesticides and National Strategies for Health Care Providers, an EPA-led initiative aimed at helping health care providers become trained in diagnosing and preventing pesticide related illnesses.
Florida Urban IPM Program
Florida is an ideal environment for a wide variety of pests. Some of these pests live and reproduce inside structures; howevermany live outdoors and only occasionally invade the home or workplace. Because almost everyone has problems with pests, most urban areas are sprayed with pesticides. Most pesticide applications are unnecessary and can result in environmental contamination and human exposure to pesticides. Approximately 30 to 40% of the pesticide use in Florida is in urban areas. Considering the high concentration of population and the sensitive environment, safety and risk of exposure to pesticides is disproportionate in our fragile urban ecosystem. Do not apply management measure until a pest population is present and damage is beginning to occur. Judicious use of pesticides and the implementation of integrated pest management practices is of utmost importance.
The National Integrated Pest Management Network (NIPMN) is the result of a public-private partnership dedicated to making the latest and most accurate pest management information available on the World Wide Web. Participating institutions have agreed to a set of standards which ensure science-based, unbiased pest management information.