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restricted-use pesticides

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by phenomenomm, Jan 22, 2004.

  1. phenomenomm

    phenomenomm LawnSite Member
    from Ok
    Messages: 12

    What is "restricted-use pesticides"?

    thanks in advance
  2. pcnservices

    pcnservices LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 614

    A pesticide is classified as restricted if it could cause harm to humans (pesticide handlers or other persons) or to the enviroment unless it is applied by certified applicators who have knowledge to use and apply these pesticides safely and effectively. This means in applications, mixing and loading, transporting, storing or handling after the seal is broken, care and maintenance of application and handling equipment and the disposal procedures of pesticides and containers.

    This is the definition of restricted use pesticides out of the book.

    I hope this answers your question.

  3. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    Good definition. Easy way to remember it is a restricted use pesticide is one that requires a applicators license in order to purchase it.
  4. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    To add to what pcn said. A restricted use pesticide is a pesticide that will cause unreasonable adverse effects to people, animals, or the environment even if it is applied according to the label.
  5. Bryn

    Bryn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 209

    I have come from the Pest Control/Wood Destroying industry, and was wondering what restricted Pest/Herb chemicals are being used.


  6. phenomenomm

    phenomenomm LawnSite Member
    from Ok
    Messages: 12

    Thanks pcn, Avery, and Grassmechinc Thats what I need to know.
  7. Lil' Cabrito

    Lil' Cabrito LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    Okie, if you can, try a search in your state's department of agriculture and you will find everything you need to know. Hook Em Horns!:D
  8. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    It also means that it can only be used in certain "restricted" areas. Some are resticted use to agricultural use only and others are restricted to aquatic use only, etc, etc.
  9. tremor

    tremor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    Back UP! RUP's are not restricted because they cause "unreasonable adverse effects to people etc, etc". That is NOT correct.

    Please make sure you understand what you're talking about before saying things like this in a public forum. The problem with making erroneous statements in a public forum such as this is that what you're saying isn't moderated for accuracy before it posts. So what we say might be misinterpreted as truth by someone who is equally or even more ignorant of fact, science, & law.

    Any pesticide that caused all this unintended colateral damage to the environment, people, & pets simply wouldn't be registered at all. No chemical manufacturer is willing to risk that much exposure to liability.

    Now on to the truth of the matter.

    RUP's are quite often calssified as such for no other reason than they are intended for commercial (applied for profit by someone other than the property owner) use. This is frequently the sole decision of the pesticide's registrant often for marketing & potential liability reasons. In other words, Restricted at will. Not by law.

    Many states will see "For sale to & use by commercial applicators" & immediatly turn the material into an "RUP". Toxicity has absolutely nothing to do with anything in this case. The manufacturer has decided they don't want homeowners & other unlicensed applicators using the material.

    As a for instance, in New York State (not LI) my company has a .15% Dimension on fertilizer that is registered & packed for consumer use & sold through major retail stores. We also market .07%, .10% & .15% Dimension on fertilizer products to Commercial Licensed Applicators with the words "For Commercial Use Only" written on the label. These are all RUP's. Yet some are actually less than one half the strength as the non-restricted version that is packed for retail.

    There are also some pesticides that are Restricted because of their concentrated mammalian toxicity &/or potential for colateral unintended environmental impact. If a person is licensed to purchase & apply theses prodcuts commercially, then there is little reason to go into how & why they're classified this way.

    Please be certain to understand what we're posting about before making this sort of statement. I really wish that only licensed applicators were allowed to post here.

    Attention Moderator: Making pesticide recommendations in some states is illegal unless the person making the statement is licensed in the state it is intended to be circulated & read. While this isn't an issue for Sean at this time, garbage like this could become a problem if nothing is done about it. Something to think about.

    Private emails only. I never check the PM section of these message boards.

    Thank You

    Steve Jepsen with LESCO


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