Reducing Pesticide Exposure in the Home and Garden: Resources
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Reducing Pesticide Exposure in the Home & Garden
Fact Sheet #04, August 1997

As one of its projects, the Cornell University Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors in New York State (BCERF) critically evaluates the existing scientific evidence for a relationship between selected pesticides and breast cancer. Even in the absence of complete answers to these questions, there are many good reasons to reduce exposure to pesticides. Further, there is evidence that much of a person's exposure to pesticides may occur in the home and garden, and exposure from these sources can be within an individual's control. People have approached BCERF for information on how to control these exposures since the program's inception. Fortunately there are many resources available, from Cornell University, from other agencies in New York State, and on the federal level, to assist in properly using pesticides, or using alternative methods of pest control.

This Resource Sheet provides information on some of the resources readily available. When a topic was not addressed by one of the sources named above, BCERF has included information from another source. Also, each one of these sources has more materials than BCERF has listed, but we have chosen the topics on which we receive the most inquiries, and which are most closely related to the objectives of this Resource Sheet. In addition to the resources on home and garden, we have included information on pesticide use in schools because of the possibilities for parent involvement.

Information is presented by source, except in the case of two sections at the end on specific topics, and one on larger reference books.

Note:A number of these publications may contain pest management recommendations which may not be legal in New York State. Furthermore, pesticides that are recommended in these publications may not be registered in New York. Please contact your regional New York State Department of Environmental Conservation office to determine if these recommendations and pesticides are legal.

Cornell University


Fact sheets

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Write to Resource Center PO Box 3884 Ithaca, NY 14852-3884
Call (607) 255-2080 or fax (607) 255-9946
OR e-mail
Materials may also be ordered via the Cornell Cooperative Extension website:
All applicable state and local sales tax must be added in New York State.

Office of the Attorney General, New York State


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Both publications are free. Call 1-800-771-7755.
These brochures and others are also available on the World Wide Web at

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP)

Fact Sheets


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To order the above information free of charge, contact:
Communications Branch, Office of Pesticide Programs (7506C),
US EPA, 401 M Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20460.
Many of these publications can be retrieved from the following EPA World Wide Web Page:

An additional source for the printed materials is: the National Center for Environmental Publications and Information (NCEPI), Attn: Publications Orders, P.O. Box 42419, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242, or call 1-800-490-9198.

University OF Illinois

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The book may be ordered by sending a check payable to the "University of Illinois": to the University of Illinois, Information Services, 69-C6 Mumford Hall, 1301 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801. Add $2.00 for handling fee. Call( 217) 333-2007 for credit card purchases. Order may also be placed over the web at, e-mailed to, or faxed to (217) 333-0005. In addition, each of the "57 ways" may be viewed via the website

Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Services (NRAES)

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Write to NRAES, 125 Riley Robb Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-5701. Call (607) 255-7654 or fax (607) 254-8770. E-mail or order through the Internet from the NRAES webpage

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)

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Call your regional NYS DEC Pesticide Management Section.

Resources on Questions to Ask Pest Control Operators

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Contact: Michigan State University Bulletin Office, 10-B Agricultural Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824-1039, fax (517) 353-7169. Full publications catalog also available.

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This fact sheet is produced by the Rachel Carson Council, Inc. Write to the Rachel Carson Council, Inc., 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 or call (301) 652-1877.

Strategies for Managing Specific Pests

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These fact sheets are produced by Cornell University's Urban Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program. They are free of charge. Order by calling (315) 787-2353, e-mailing, or over the web at or write to Cornell University's Urban IPM Program, NYSAES, Geneva, NY 14456.

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Above materials are published by the University of Illinois. To order write to Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, Attn: Phil Nixon, 1103 West Dorner Drive, Urbana, Illinois 61801 or call (217) 333-6650. A small fee maybe charged for shipping and handling. Fact sheets may be viewed on the web at

Ordering Information

These booklets are produced by the Rachel Carson Council, Inc. Write to the Rachel Carson Council, Inc., 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 or call (301) 652-1877.

Larger Reference Books

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Contact your local bookseller

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This book and other information on alternatives to pesticide use in the home and garden can be ordered from: the Bio-Integral Resource Center, P.O. Box 7414, Berkeley, CA. Call (510) 524-2567 or fax (510) 524-1758. The book costs $39.95, including shipping.

For Information on Specific Pesticides:

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Prepared by Jessica Denham, B.A., Cornell University
and Carmi Orenstein, M.P.H., Extension Project Leader, BCERF

When reproducing this material, credit the authors and the Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors in New York State.

Funding for this Fact Sheet was made possible by Cornell University and the New York State Department of Health.