Consumers will no longer find pesticides containing the ingredient carbaryl on store shelves.
The Department of Pesticide Regulation this week announced new restrictions for residential consumers of the products, which go by the brand name Sevin. The regulatory decision is in response to illnesses due to misuse at home, particularly for children younger than five. Only certified pest control professionals will be able to use the pesticide.

The changes, which have been in the works for more than a year, officially became effective Aug. 1.

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Carbaryl is widely used in agriculture as bait, which has an exemption in the new regulation. According to DPR, the exception includes use when formulated as a bait “and labeled only for the production of agricultural plant commodities.”

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