Public Policy

Changing Pyrethroid Labels

EPA Formalizes Changes for Outdoor Use of PMP Pyrethroid and Pyrethrins Products

In a February 26th email, EPA officially notified key stakeholders of its new outdoor use label language for pyrethroid, synergized pyrethrins and pyrethrins-only products and further announced the availability of a revised website explaining the issue. This is all information previously reported by NPMA and is the byproduct of a year long effort by NPMA, in conjunction with ASPCRO and SFIREG to expand the use of these products in outdoor settings, when making applications to surfaces not located above impervious surfaces.


Pyrethroids and Synergized Pyrethrins--Label Language

Non-agricultural Outdoor Uses

March 1, 2013

Do not apply directly to impervious horizontal surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways, and patios except as a spot or crack and crevice treatment. During application, do not allow pesticide to enter or run off into storm drains, drainage ditches, gutters or surface waters.

All outdoor applications, if permitted elsewhere on this label, must be limited to spot or crack-and-crevice treatments only, except for the following permitted uses, if allowed elsewhere on this label:

  • Applications to soil or vegetation, as listed on this label, around structures;
  • Applications to lawns, turf, and other vegetation, as listed on this label;
  • Applications to the side of a building, up to a maximum height of 3 feet above grade;
  • Applications to underside of eaves, soffits, doors, or windows permanently protected from rainfall by a covering, overhang, awning, or other structure;
  • Applications around potential pest entry points into buildings, when limited to a surface band not to exceed one inch in width;
  • Applications made through the use of a coarse, low pressure spray to only those portions of surfaces that are directly above bare soil, lawn, turf, mulch or other vegetation, as listed on this label, and not over an impervious surface, drainage or other condition that could result in runoff into storm drains, drainage ditches, gutters, or surface waters, in order to control occasional invaders or aggregating pests.

Pyrethrins-Only (Non-synergized)--Label Language

Non-agricultural Outdoor Uses

March 1, 2013 

Do not apply directly to impervious horizontal surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways, and patios except as a spot or crack and crevice treatment. During application, do not allow pesticide to enter or run off into storm drains, drainage ditches, gutters or surface waters.

 

All outdoor applications, if permitted elsewhere on this label, must be limited to spot or crack-and-crevice treatments only, except for the following permitted uses, if allowed elsewhere on this label:

 

  • Applications to soil or vegetation, as listed on this label, around structures;

  • Applications to lawn, turf, and other vegetation, as listed on this label;

  • Applications to the side of a building, up to a maximum height of 3 feet above grade;

  • Applications to the underside of eaves, soffits, doors, or windows permanently protected from rainfall by a covering, overhang, awning, or other structure;

  • Applications around potential pest entry points into buildings, when limited to a surface band not to exceed one inch in width;

  • Applications to vertical or horizontal surfaces when surrounded by or directly above soil, lawn, turf, mulch, vegetation, or other porous surface, where runoff to surface water is unlikely to occur.

For more additional information on this issue, use the links to the right or contact NPMA at npma@pestworld.org.

NPMA Hosts "Overwintering Pests" Workshop

On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 NPMA hosted more than two dozen EPA officials and state regulators in an "Overwintering Pest" Workshop, in conjunction with the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials and the State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG), a committee comprised of state officials that advises EPA. Held at the NPMA office in Virginia, the session focused on the behavior, biology and control strategies for occasional invaders, including overwintering pests. Presentations were made by NPMA's Bob Rosenberg and Jim Fredericks, Derrick Lastinger of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, representing ASPCRO, Dr. Mike Waldvogel of North Carolina State University and Dr. Dan Suiter of the University of Georgia. Fredericks also led the group on an hour long walking tour, demonstrating the use of application equipment and identifying a variety of commercial and residential pest management scenarios. NPMA, along with ASPCRO and SFIREG, have asked EPA to modify PMP pyrethroid labels to allow treatments for these pests and the workshop was an opportunity for EPA to see and learn firsthand why the changes make sense.

Presentations:
Overwintering Pests...Control Strategies
The Kudzu Bug: The Newest Overwintering Pest in the U.S.
Occasional Invaders

Click here for draft label language.
Click here for photos.

For questions or comments contact Bob or Jim at rosenberg@pestworld.org or jfredericks@pestworld.org.