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Most Pesticide Drift Incidents Go Unreported

Make 2017 the year you fight for your right to live pesticide free.

"Only about 10% of spray drift occurrences are reported.” 

Dave Feltes, retired University of Illinois Extension IPM expert

Despite its common occurrence, pesticide drift to people and property in Illinois often goes unreported.  Very often, people do not know what to do if they are the victims of pesticide drift either to themselves, family members, or property.

The Spray Drift Education Network offers support and education to help citizens report and therefore, prevent future pesticide drift.

The first and most important step in avoiding and preventing pesticide drift is to file the Pesticide Incident Complaint Form with the Illinois Department of Agriculture if pesticide misuse occurs.

Incidents are rarely reported because people:

1)  Don't know there is an official complaint process with the Illinois Department of Agriculture

2)  Feel pesticide drift is something that is expected and must be accepted in Illinois

3)  Are fearful of retaliation or bad feelings from filing a complaint against neighbors


Pesticide drift is not something you are expected to tolerate or ignore even if you live, work, garden, drive or recreate near or around an agricultural area.


It is a violation of the Illinois Pesticide Act if pesticides move off the target area.  If you suspect drift has occurred, take action to prevent further incidents!


A pesticide drift incident that is NOT reported is a pesticide incident that has never happened in the eyes of those making the rules to protect us.