Reports of Pesticide Sold in California

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Overview

Pesticide registrants, pest control dealers and pesticide brokers are mandated to report the total dollar value and total pounds or gallons of each product they sell for use in California. The active ingredient in any pesticide product is the chemical or chemicals that kill or otherwise controls target pests. Few pesticide products are sold commercially without being mixed with other ingredients not intended to affect the target pest, such as stabilizers, diluents or solvents. The reports below include only the active ingredient(s) in all pesticide products sold and do not include their other ingredients. Prior to the 2005 report, a regulation prohibited DPR from disclosing these reports if there were three or fewer registrants reporting sales of a pesticide product containing the same active ingredient. Therefore, the reports before 2005 do not disclose sales for active ingredients registered by three or fewer registrants. It does provide a cumulative sales total for all active ingredients, disclosed and undisclosed. more...

Included in this amount are insecticides, miticides, fumigants, nematicides, rodenticides, desiccants, defoliants, growth regulators, herbicides, bactericides, antimicrobials, algicides, and fungicides. Also included in the total are chemical adjuvants, which are considered pesticides under California law; these include emulsifiers, spreaders, water modifiers, and other chemicals added to pesticides to enhance their effectiveness.

The total pounds of active ingredients sold fluctuate from year to year. These fluctuations can be attributed to a variety of factors, including changing weather conditions, changes in planted acreage, crop planting, and pest infestations. Marketing techniques, company takeovers, and sales promotions also affect the amount of pesticides sold due to commercial trends that appeal to the consumer. Registration of new products may initially result in an increase of pounds of product sold. Cancellation or suspension of products may subsequently affect the sale of other products. Also, duplications in reporting may be responsible for a margin of fluctuation. For example, if a registered product with complete use directions is sold to another registrant, who then relabels it, both would report the sale.

The annual report of pesticides sold in California by pounds of active ingredients:

(This report is based on information obtained from a system of self-reporting, and therefore DPR cannot attest to the complete accuracy of the data it contains.)