A pesticide is any substance that kills, repels, or otherwise controls any pest. Herbicides (weedkillers), fungicides, rodenticides, insecticides, etc. are all types of pesticides.
The University of Delaware Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) promotes responsible decision-making and actions to protect pesticide users, public health, plant and animal health, and the environment. UDE PSEP offers information, training, and resources for pesticide applicators and the general public.
University of Delaware Extension and University of Maryland (UM) Extension PSEPs are cooperating to provide pesticide safety education in the region. Some materials and programs targeted for both states reside on the UM Extension Pesticide Education & Assessment page. Some additional resources reside on the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) page. When you access pages from UM or DDA, a new window will open to link you to these resources.
- Self Study Materials – Resources for occupational pesticide applicators as well as occasional users.
- Pesticide Information Leaflet Series [UMD Resource] – An educational series on various pesticide topics targeted toward pesticide applicators, health care professionals, and/or the general public.
- Just-In-Time Pesticide Information Service [UMD Resource] – A free subscription service providing time-sensitive opportunities for input into pesticide policy decisions.
- Pesticide Resources for Delaware Extension Educators – Instructional materials and resources for Extension professionals.
- Department of Agriculture: Pesticide Management [DDA Resource] – Resources for applicators and the general public.
- How To Become Certified [DDA Resource] – FAQs for private and commercial pesticide applicators.
- Pesticide Applicator Exam Schedule [DDA Resource} – Monthly exams offered each month at DDA in Dover; call (800) 282-8685 or (302) 698-4500 to reserve a seat.
Additional Pesticide Resources
There is a wealth of additional information regarding pesticides available via the Internet. To find dependable resources, use the links below.
- National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)
NPIC provides objective, science-based information about pesticides and pesticide-related topics to enable people to make informed decisions about pesticides and their use.
- Pesticides and Food (EPA)
Answers questions for the public, such as Does my food contain pesticide residues? Could those pesticides harm me or my family? What does the government do to ensure that pesticides used on food are safe?
- Learn about Chemicals around Your House
An EPA learning site for kids
- Environmental Protection Agency–Pesticides
Pesticide information from the US EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs
- National Organic Program (NOP)
Some pesticides are allowed to be used on crops designated as organic. NOP, a branch of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, describes the elements of organic accreditation and provides consumer information.
- EPA Pesticide Fact Sheets (EPA)
This collection of fact sheets contains general and chemical-specific information and covers Healthy & Safety, Regulatory Action, and Specific Chemicals.
- Labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
Technical information supplied by pesticide registrants.
- Material Safety Data Sheets on the Internet
This site provide links to a variety of websites that provide free access to Material Safety Data Sheets
- ARS Pesticide Properties Database
The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service’s Pesticide Properties Database is a compendium of chemical and physical properties of 334 widely used pesticides. Information included in the database focuses on 16 of the most important properties that affect pesticide transport and degradation characteristics.
- Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Delaware Extension
- Lawn & Garden, University of Delaware Extension
- Delaware Department of Agriculture
Pesticide information for professionals and consumers.