GEPA Warns of Presence of Pesticides in Household Items

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Guam – The Guam Environmental Protection Agency is raising awareness about the use of the pesticides and their presence in common household items.

While many people know highly toxic pesticides are used on farms and in construction sites the GEPA Pesticide Enforcement Program wants the public to also be mindful of the presence of pesticides in cleaning products such as disinfectants and in roach and ant sprays. In fact Program Manager Betwin Alokoa says pesticides can be found in anything that kills bacteria, viruses, rodents, insects, mold or other living things.

“Most pesticide you have to triple rinse and puncture,” Alokoa said while explaining that labels tell consumers how to dispose of pesticides properly.

GEPA Environmental Health Specialist Karl Olson says anyone using pesticides in their daily line of work is required to complete a training on the use of pesticides.

“The training is only a four hour training,” Olson told PNC. “Its three hours of books and writing and exercises and a one hour open book test. We’re not making anybody experts all we are doing is making them aware of what is on a pesticide label and how to read it.”

“It’s very good information on how much to use, how to dispose of it, what to wear” Alokoa added recommending the program to anyone who uses pesticides at home.

For more information on the training or if you have a question about pesticide use you can call Alokoa or Olson at GEPA at 300-4751.