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Kewaunee County Wisconsin
Pesticide Use Categories

Pesticides are classified for "general use" or "restricted use" by the EPA according to provisions in the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).  These classifications have been developed to protect people and the environment from inappropriate use of pesticides.  Pesticides that are classified as "general use" are relatively safe both for the user and the environment.  Pesticides classified as "restricted use" include two groups of pesticides:  those which have been banned from use and those which require special training and certification by the user. 

However, pesticide ratings change.  If you have old pesticides around the house, they may not be restricted or banned depending on product content. 

For example, products containing DDT, 2,4,5-T, silvex and those with high percentages of arsenic and strychnine have been banned. 

If you have pesticides on hand that are more than 5 years old, check with your county agriculture agent for information on their current classification.