EPA (PESP) Partner

Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program logoLDA Partnering With

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Since 2008


LDA has been accepted as partner in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP).

The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) is a voluntary program that forms partnerships to reduce the potential health and environmental risks associated with pests and pesticide use and to implement pollution prevention strategies. Although LDA does not recommend or endorse products, many individuals choose to use repellents against ticks. The informed actions of pesticide users help reduce risk to people and the environment. See for program details. LDA will work with PESP to develop a strategy which will be forthcoming on this site.

LDA Presents Lyme & TBDs to EPA

October 2014

On September 18, 2014, Lyme Disease Association President Pat Smith presented a 1.5 hour PowerPoint presentation entitled Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: A National Overview & The Role of LDA to the Environmental Protection Agency Biopesticides & Pollution Prevention Division in Arlington, VA. The presentation was done in person, and through a webinar and call in. Question and answer followed, and education materials were distributed by LDA Board member Richard Smith. Click here to read full article

EPA Announces New Website with Repellants, Effective times, Active ingredients

October 2009

The EPA has a new website containing a table for tick and/or insect repellents. It includes company name, active ingredient, % of ingredient, hours effective against ticks and/or mosquitoes, and EPA registration number. LDA does not endorse products but feels that consumers need to have available information that is easy to access to make informed choices if they decide to use any products. This site is a great resource.

To view new website click here


LDA Strategy for Reduction to Tick Exposure Accepted by EPA’s PESP Program

July 2009

LDA is part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) in an effort to reduce risks to pests, in particular, ticks, thereby reducing risks to tick-borne diseases. The thrust of this partnership with USEPA is to educate schools and families on the necessity of protection from exposure to ticks which may carry disease causing pathogens. This strategy includes developing tools to be used in schools and developing educational tools for people who have access to public lands for outdoor uses, i.e. walking, hiking. EPA has now accepted LDA’s strategy.

LDA Meets with Federal Government on Lyme Prevention for Kids

June 24, 2009

Candy Brassard, Senior Biologist, Environmental Protection Agency; Dr. Ben Beard, Chief of Vector-Borne Diseases, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; and Pat Smith, President, Lyme Disease Association at a meeting in DC on June 24 to discuss strategies to protect children from getting Lyme disease.


LDA Meets with EPA on Lyme Disease Prevention

June 4, 2009

LDA President Pat Smith held a Lyme briefing for the Environmental Protection Agency employees in Washington, DC on June 4 and afterward, met with EPA officials Edward Brandt, Senior Economist, Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Partner Liasion; and Frank Ellis, Senior Entomologist and Team Leader, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Program. LDA is a PESP partner of the EPA, to try and reduce ticks and risks associated with ticks–with LDA’s program goals to apply especially to children.