DEFINITION OF A PESTICIDE
A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances intended to control pest infestations. The word “pesticide” is an umbrella term for products which control a wide range of pests. Pests commonly found include weeds, insects, diseases, mites, and rodents. Pesticides designed to control these pests are called herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, miticides, and rodenticides. Another group of pesticides called plant growth regulators are used to manage the growth of plants in landscape. State and federal laws require that pesticides must be applied according to label directions. Labels direct users as to how, where, and at what rate the material must be applied. Upon request, your applicator will supply you with a label of material applied.
How Pesticides Work: Products intended for use on your property are applied as a liquid, dust, aerosol, granule, or bait and are generally active for a few minutes to a few months. Some compounds control pests on contact by damaging the physical structure of the pest. Other compounds become active only after they are absorbed or ingested, by interfering with physical development or preventing the pest from reproducing. The label on the pesticide contains specific information on how to control targeted pests. All pesticides must be applied in accordance with label directions.
Pesticides may be effective against a large class of organisms or specific to organisms. This means that many times applicators can choose an effective pesticide or pest control strategy which will minimize any potential impact to human and pets. Why Pesticides are Used: Pesticides are a tool people use to protect crops, homes, animals, structures, or their landscape plants from pest damage. Examples are the protection of buildings from termites, turf from weed and insect damage, and indoor environments from invasion by insects and rodents. They also are used to control mosquito populations, disease vectors for public health concerns, protect food crops, and for weed control in lakes and ponds. General Toxicity Information: Toxicity is a general term used to indicate the adverse effects produced by a pesticide. Understanding the potential health risks from pesticides requires a knowledge of the exposure and the toxicity of the compound. Exposure: Pesticides can enter the body by ingestion, inhalation, or absorption through the skin. Exposure occurs most frequently by absorption through the skin. One of the most effective ways to reduce risk is to reduce any potential exposure by restricting access to the treatment area until the spray has dried, or the dust has settled.
There are two broad classifications of pesticides –general use and restricted use. These are EPA designations used to determine who may purchase and use the many kinds of pesticides available. General use pesticides are usually considered to have a lower toxicity or risk than restricted use pesticides and have fewer restrictions regarding who may purchase or use the products. For example, all the pesticide products that homeowners may purchase are general use pesticides. Most of the materials that are routinely used on your property/yard are also general use pesticides. Griffin Pest Solutions DOES NOT ROUTINELY use any restricted use pesticides on your property.
Environmental Fate of Pesticides: Exposure to light, heat and other agents in the environment cause pesticides to deteriorate. The amount of time which it takes to break down the pesticide depends on the temperature, humidity, light, moisture conditions and other factors encountered in the environment. As a result, degradation times are highly variable depending on the compound and the environment in which it is applied. Generally, your service technician will select those pesticides that are the most effective and least persistent. Any areas on your property that may be of specific concern should be brought to the attention of the service technician.
CONSENT TO ELECTRONIC DELIVERY
Documentation of service, service records, service reports, inspection reports, and monitoring records and reports are maintained electronically. These documents and information will be collectively known as “Electronic Communications.” You are acknowledging that you can use and are able to retain Electronic Communications by printing and/or downloading and saving this Agreement and any other agreements, Electronic Communications, documents, or records that are signed using your E-Signature. You accept Electronic Communications provided via email and/or via the customer web portal as reasonable and proper notice for fulfilling any and all rules and regulations and agree that such Electronic Communications fully satisfy any requirement that communications be provided to you in writing or in a form that you may keep.
- Electronic means technology having electrical, digital, magnetic, wireless, optical, electromagnetic, or similar capabilities.
- Electronic Signature means an electronic symbol or process attached to, or logically associated with, a record and used by a person with the intent to sign the record.
PESTICIDE EMERGENCY NUMBER
If you observe an unusual reaction following a pesticide application, immediately wash with soap and water and consult a physician. It is important to provide the doctor with any information you may have concerning the pesticide used. Additional emergency information about the pesticide may be obtained by contacting the POISON CONTROL CENTER at 800-222-1222 or the National Pesticide Telecommunications Network at 800-858-7378. Either you or any of the agencies above should contact Griffin Pest Solutions at 1-888-547-4334.