Curious about our work? Here are some frequently asked questions that explain who we represent and what we do.
What are specialty pesticides?
Specialty pesticides are pest management tools used to protect health and safety as well as enhance our quality of life and the environment. These products are used in both the private and public sphere around homes, lawns, golf courses, commercial greenhouses and nurseries, and on flowers and trees. Pesticides are also used in vegetation management and promote safe transportation in waterways, along roadways, railroads and utility right-of-ways. The problems caused by plant diseases and invasive species, as well as pests such as health-threatening cockroaches, termites, ticks, fire ants, mosquitoes, weeds and rodents, call for the safe and responsible use of pesticides.
Who are RISE members?
Our members are basic manufacturers, formulators, distributors, and others involved with specialty pesticides used by professionals and consumers. We serve an industry comprised of seven major segments:
- Aquatics – products used to keep weeds from choking lakes, rivers, and streams, and to protect human lives.
- Forestry – specialty pesticides used to control undesirable vegetation and enhance tree growth, thus reducing the chance of wildfire and improving the quality of the forest.
- Nursery and Greenhouse – pesticides, sometimes used with fertilizers, used to protect and enhance commercially grown shrubs, trees and plants from weeds and insects.
- Public Health – products that control mosquitoes and ticks as well as other carriers or transmitters of infections, disease or human allergens.
- Structural Pest Control – pesticides used to control termites, fleas, carpenter ants, rodents and cockroaches to lessen threats to human health and risk of structural damage.
- Turf and Ornamental – pest management products and fertilizers used to promote healthy turfgrass and landscaping.
- Vegetation Management – pesticides used to control noxious weeds and brush along roads, railroads, waterways, and public utilities. Natural species are instead encouraged to grow in these areas.
What does RISE do?
We provide accurate information about pesticides, their use and regulation. We share news releases, fact sheets, and other valuable resources highlighting the benefits of the products our members provide. We also communicate with policymakers and regulators to ensure products are used properly and are available when needed.