At the PPS External IPM Committee meeting of 8/20/2002, the district's current pest control contractor distributed a list of pesticide products entitled "INDOOR INSECTICIDES, BAITS, GELS AND TRAPS" (see below). This list was presented as the list of products that this contractor proposed to use on PPS properties during the 2002-2003 contract year. Apparently PPS intends that this list replace the district's list of pesticide products "approved" for indoor use at PPS schools. However, a revised final "approved" indoor list has not been distributed by PPS. PPAP believes that for now, the current pest control contractor is using only products on the draft list (except for some product substitutions discussed at the meeting). It is possible that other pesticide products NOT on this list may be being used indoors at PPS schools by custodians or others. This point has never been clarified for us.
PPAP notes that this list proposed by the 2002-2003 contractor is much shorter than previous PPS "approved" lists, and if adopted by the district, would probably be a step in the right direction. However, a shorter list of pesticides does not ensure that the total volume of usage will be reduced. To ensure that pesticide use truly is minimized, PPAP urges the district to adopt pest-specific treatment guidelines that spell out that pesticides on this list are to be used only as a last resort when a pest poses a hazard, and when non-chemical pest control methods are not feasible.
PPAP also notes that some products on the list contain high hazard active ingredients, including those classified as likely and possible human carcinogens and/or nerve poisons (see our notes in the table below). For more information about the hazards of pesticides used by PPS, see Hazards of Pesticides Used by PPS. We believe that the use of products containing active ingredients classified as 'likely human carcinogens' is in violation of current board policy. In addition, PPAP urges the district to delete ALL high hazard pesticides from its approved list. To join our compaign, see Demand a Halt to Use of High Hazard Pesticides.
PPAP notes that it is not possible to determine exactly what some of these pesticide products are or if they even exist. This is due to the use of a shortened company or brand name without full and exact product names. To definitively identify a pesticide product, the list would need to include full and exact product names, EPA registration number, and active ingredient. PPAP urges the district to improve the format of its "approved lists" to include this information.
PPAP also notes that this list is not accurately titled. Some of the pesticide products on the list are not registered for indoor use, and thus could not legally be used indoors. Presumably the district and the contractor are not really intending to use these products indoors. We believe the list is really intended to include products "approved" for use by the contractor, whether indoors or out.
|Pesticide Product||PPAP notes|
|Borid||Insecticide (boric acid powder).|
|Contrac||Rodenticide (bromadiolone). There are many different formulations with this product name.|
|Cy-Kick CS||Insecticide. Presumably Cy-Kick (we could find no 'CS' formulation). Active ingredient (cyfluthrin) is a synthetic pyrethroid nerve poison.|
|Demand CS||Insecticide. Active ingredient (lambda cyhalothrin) is a synthetic pyrethroid nerve poison.|
|Detex CS||This product does not seem to exist.|
|Detex Blox||Rodent monitoring bait. Food-grade ingredients.|
|Drione Insecticide||Insecticide. Active ingredient (pyrethrin) is a 'likely human carcinogen.' PPS contractor proposes to replace.|
|Fastrac Blox||Rodenticide. Active ingredient is bromethalin, a nerve poison. PPS contractor proposes to replace with Generation Mini-Blocks, active ingredient difethialone, a high acute toxicity, single feed anti-coagulant.|
|Gentrol Point Source||Insect growth regulator. Active ingredient is hydroprene. This is a plastic device that gets activated and continues to emit the chemical over a three month period.|
|Glue Boards||Good choice! Not a pesticide.|
|Maxforce Ant Killer Bait Gel||Insecticide. There are many similarly named MaxForce products. Presumably the active ingredient of this product is fipronil, a nerve poison that is also classified by EPA as a 'possible human carcinogen.'|
|Microcare CS||Insecticide. Active ingredient (pyrethrum/pyrethrins) is classified by EPA as a 'likely human carcinogen.' It is also a nerve poison.|
|Mole Gel Bait||Rodenticide. Presumably Kaput Mole Gel Bait with active ingredient warfarin. Registered for outdoor use only. May be fatal if swallowed or absorbed through skin.|
|Mole Med||Mole repellant. Registered for outdoor use only. Active ingredient is castor oil.|
|Niban FG||Insecticide. Active ingredient is orthoboric acid.|
|Outsmart||Insecticide. Presumably Outsmart Ant Bait Gel (boric acid).|
|Pre-Empt||Insecticide. Active ingredient imidacloprid.|
|Premise 2||Termiticide. This product is registered only for exterior and structural use, not indoor use. Active ingredient imidacloprid.|
|Siege Gel Insecticide||Active ingredient (hydramethylnon) is classified by EPA as a 'possible human carcinogen.'|
|Ultracide||Presumably Ultracide Pressurized Flea Insect Growth Regulator & Adulticide. Active ingredient (pyrethrin) is classified by EPA as a 'likely human carcinogen.' It is also a nerve poison. Also contains permethrin and N-octyl bicycloheptene dicarboxamide, both classified as possible human carcinogens, and pyriproxyfen.|