Texas Cooperative Extension,
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

June, 2007

Questions About Pesticides and Poisons?

National Pesticide Information Center, Oregon State University, and
American Association of Poison Control Centers

Shelf of pesticides
Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222
National Pesticide Information 1-800-858-7378

Questions about pesticides and poisonings have a tendency to pop up suddenly and often with an urgent request for information.

There are two nationally known organizations available for consultation over pesticides and/or poisoning questions. The National Pesticide Information Center at Oregon State University is a national resource for pesticide questions, offering a toll-free telephone service from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT seven days a week. The telephone number is 1-800-858-7378, website: npic.orst.edu, and their email address: npic@ace.orst.edu.

The NPIC is a good resource to use for inquiries such as:

  • Will chemicals in treated wood contaminate a vegetable garden?

  • What are the health effects if my dog ate a slug and snail bait?

  • Is pesticide spraying harmful to the ladybugs in my rose garden?

  • How long will it take a pesticide to break down in the soil?

  • Do you know where I can get general pesticide information?

    The American Association of Poison Control Centers is a grouping of regional poison control centers, useful for reference if questions occur such as:

  • My child has just ingested some small unknown berries or seeds...

  • Could we pick and eat the mushrooms we've found in the pasture?

  • Will herbicide drift affect local bees that visit our garden?

    In the State of Texas there are the following localized centers:

    • South Texas Poison Control Center (University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio)

    • Southeast Texas Poison Control Center, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston)

    • North Texas Poison Center (Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas)

    • Texas Panhandle Poison Control Center (Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Amarillo)

    • West Texas Poison Center, (Thomson Hospital, El Paso)

    All of the centers above may be reached through the telephone number for the American Association of Poison Control Centers - 1-800-222-1222, and may be reached 24 hours a day.

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