Pesticide Safety

For more than a century we have earned consumer trust by providing high-quality products that help gardeners grow thriving gardens and landscapes. This includes offering products that control pests and diseases and protect lawn, garden and landscape investments. All of these products are rigorously tested and comply with all regulatory guidelines for safe use around people, pets and the environment.

A Commitment to Responsible Use

As consumers seek to control pests in and around their homes, we work to ensure that our products can be used successfully and responsibly in a variety of settings. We understand that when it comes to safety, our consumers expect our products to be safe to use around people, pets and the environment. This is why we continuously review what active ingredients we choose to use.

Annually, our Company invests more than $30 million in research and development efforts at our state-of-the-art research facilities and with external partners. R&D scientists seek to improve product effectiveness while continuing to meet regulatory safety standards. These partners have helped us shape our consumer outreach efforts to increase awareness about the responsible use of pest control products, including how and where to apply, proper dosages and other guidance.

We are always searching for opportunities to further enhance the environmental sustainability aspects of our products, active ingredients and raw materials.

Consumer Education

In addition to providing labels that contain directions for use, precautionary information and first aid instructions, Ortho® offers product use guides and pollinator protection tips on its website. For all Scotts® products, consumers may access safety data sheets by searching for their product in an online database, located at

Our Company is the exclusive marketing agent of Roundup® branded products, owned by Bayer. Roundup® provides video tutorials, a resource library and answers to frequently answered questions about the active ingredient in nonselective Roundup®, glyphosate, on its website.

Third-party Engagement

Our Company involves many partners, including leading academic universities and research centers, when evaluating active ingredients for our products. We also engage with leading nonprofit organizations. In 2017 our Foundation began working with the Pollinator Stewardship Council to educate residential gardeners about the benefits of pollinators and the importance of protecting them in outdoor spaces. Through this partnership, the Council then began working with the Ortho® team to design an in-store consumer education campaign. This campaign will deliver responsible usage tips to retail shoppers nationwide beginning in 2019.

We take great pride in the science behind, and safety of, our products. We place high value on the world class scientific partners who develop the chemistry. We also highly value consumer trust in our products and work every day to uphold that trust. That includes providing products we know, and others have verified, are safe when used according to directions.