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Bugs

I wish this site were called by it’s URL, which is “Living With Bugs.” I love that idea, to live with bugs in a harmonious way. It’s run by an extension entomologist for Oregon State University and it’s about about helping you manage the pest insects, mites, and spiders that are found around homes and gardens. “We always emphasize the safest and most effective approach to every pest control situation. Our information is research-based and draws on my 25 years of experience helping farmers and homeowners solve their pest problems. Over the years I have found that most insects and mites can be safely ignored because they pose very little threat to you or your home, in fact most are beneficial or at least not harmful!. A very few pest species, however, might require some action on your part. My aim is to help you tell good bugs from the potentially harmful ones, and to manage these ‘bad bugs’ in safe and responsible ways.” A very informative site that is easy to use and understand.

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The Pesticide National Synthesis Project

A part of the U. S. Geological Survey's National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA), the Project monitors pesticides in the streams, rivers, and ground water of all across the United States. If you want to know what type of pesticides are used on a particular food and how much ends up in the environment, see their National Totals of Pesticide Use by Crop and Compound. Other files tell the quality of our nation's water, the amount of pesticides in streams and ground water, and amounts of pesticides found in fish. To get an idea of just how widespread pesticides are in our waterways, look at their graphs that show how many water samples contained different types of pesticides.

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Pesticide Action Network

Lots of information on pesticides here, including Pesticides 101. What's on Your Food, an extensive Pesticide Info Database, health effects, and least-toxic alternatives. Pesticide Action Network is an international organization working to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. They link local and international consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens’ action network that challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends basic rights to health and environmental quality, and works to ensure the transition to a just and viable society. 

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National Pesticide Information Center

A wealth of information both on the toxicity of pesticides and nontoxic methods for control. Contains background information on pesticides, including Pesticide Safety, Evaluating Your Pesticide Risk, how to read Pesticide Labels, effects on animals and the environment, pesticide disposal, and hazard fact sheets on many common pesticides. Plus what to do in case of an emergency poisoning, links to databases with health effects, MSDS sheets, and much more.

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EXTOXNET – The EXtension TOXicology NETwork

Easy-to-understand, objective, science-based information about pesticides – written for consumers. Their Pesticide Information Profiles (PIPs) give trade names, regulatory status, description, health effects, and environmental effects for common pesticides. A project of the Cooperative Extension Offices of Cornell University, Oregon State University, the University of Idaho, and the University of California at Davis and the Institute for Environmental Toxicology, Michigan State University. Major funding provided by the USDA/Extension Service/National Agricultural Pesticide Impact Assessment Program.

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