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What are Pesticides?
Pesticides are chemicals used to control pests such as insects, larvae, fungi and weeds. While most pesticides are intended for crop protection, they are used by many, including food suppliers, farmers, wildlife services, groundkeepers, households, gardeners, disease and pest control services and councils.
Why Perform Pesticides Analysis?
While pesticides are enormously helpful for pest control, they are potentially toxic to humans.
The source of pesticides is often more challenging to determine than other compounds. Therefore, a laboratory consultation may be needed to decide if the suspect contaminant is a herbicide, a fungicide or an insecticide.
If you suspect that increased agricultural or industrial activity in the region has caused the contamination, this test is recommended.
Our team of experts operate in-house from our ISO 17025-accredited laboratories. Samples can be taken as specified by the licence conditions and tested in our in-house laboratory. Results are issued on an official certificate of analysis. Any exceedances of permitted values can be highlighted along with the results.
Who Is Pesticide Analysis Recommend For?
Pesticide analysis testing is recommended for the following organisations.
- Government agencies: Government agencies use this service to monitor for pesticides in the environment, enforce compliance with regulations, and support research.
- Agricultural industry: Farmers and agribusinesses use Pesticide Analysis to test soil and water samples to ensure that the levels of pesticides are within acceptable limits, and also test their products or crops to ensure they meet the standard or regulations
- Industrial companies: Industries that use or produce pesticides use this service to test for pesticides in their products or by-products and in the environment around their facilities
- Water and wastewater utilities: These companies use this Pesticide Analysis to test for pesticides in drinking water, surface water and wastewater to ensure compliance with regulations and protect public health
- Environmental consultants and engineering firms: These firms use this Pesticide Analysis to test for pesticides in soil and water samples as part of environmental assessments, site investigations, and cleanups.
- Research institutions: Universities and research institutions use Pesticide Analysis to test for pesticides in samples as part of scientific research projects, studies and investigation.
- Domestic households: The public use this service to test for pesticides if they notice a strange odour, discolouration or oil film in their water. If they develop symptoms such as vomiting, headaches, or skin rashes. And finally, if their community complains about dead fish or aquatic life near the water supply.
What’s The Process?
We Can Do It For You In 3 Easy Steps – Simple. Clear. Accurate:
- Simple – order the test you need, and we will post your testing kit to you
- Clear – follow the instructions, collect the sample and post it back to us the same day for next day delivery
- Accurate – easy-to-understand results will be sent to you by email within 10 days
*If you prefer, you can pick up and drop off the water sample or request a home/office visit with one of our specialists. In the case of an emergency bacteria test, we will provide a next-day result service.
What Does This Test Include?
Southern Scientific Services is Ireland’s only laboratory with INAB ISO accreditation for the Irish Water and EPA’s monitoring list of pesticides in drinking water.
Using a combination of GC-MSMS and LC-MSMS, we can detect pesticides at the nanogram per litre level.
Parameters include; Pendimethalain, Dichlobenil, Dieldrin, Cypermethrin, 2, 3, 6-Trichlorobenzoic Acid, 2,4 D, 2,4 DB, Bentazone, Boscalid, Clopyralid, Dicamba, Dichlorprop (2,4 DP), Fluoroxypr, MCPA, MCPP (Mecoprop), Pentachlorophenol, Picloram, Triclopyr, Glyphosate, Atrazine, Chlorfenvinphos, Chlorotoluron, Chlorpropham, Diazinon, Diflufenican, Diuron, Epoxiconazole, Isoproturon, Linuron, Metaldehyde, Metazachlor, Propzamide & Simazine.
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