OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

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Commercial Use of Pesticides

Pesticides

 Contamination Evidence:
  • Detection of pesticides in well water tests.
  • Ill effects on animals drinking from nearby wells, springs, or surface water.
  • Ill effects on plants watered with nearby well water.
  • Ill effects on aquatic life.
Causes:
  • Excessive or ill-timed application.
  • Improper storage.
  • Leaching through soil.
  • Improper disposal of excess pesticides and rinse water.
Prevention:
  • Follow label instructions.
  • Compliance with pesticide certification requirements.
  • Reduce pesticide use in recharge areas for water wells.
  • Encourage alternative pest control methods.
  • Public information and education.