With the last frost date less than a month away, most avid gardeners in Naperville have begun working out the details of what they want to plant this year, where to plant it, and the pests they’ll need to keep away from their precious fruits and vegetables.
If you’re planning on using a pesticide this year, be sure to carefully follow these safety guidelines to ensure that the pests are the only things that get hurt in the process:
1. Read the label!
It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve sprayed in your yard. Label directions can change, and are written to minimize the risk you, your kids, and your pets face when applying pesticides. Read the label carefully, then follow the directions to a T. Never use more than what is recommended. Pay attention also to any first aid measures that should be taken in case of accidental exposure.
2. Mix pesticides safely.
Never mix pesticides in a shed or other enclosed space. Stay outdoors and make sure family members and animals are out of the area. Mix only what you plan on using right away, and have paper towels and garbage bags on hand in case of a spill.
3. Avoid contact.
When mixing and spraying, wear gloves, goggles, a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and close-toed shoes. Before spraying, move toys, tools, and other personal items well out of the area. When you finish spraying, wash your hands thoroughly to ensure no contact is made with food.
4. Dispose properly.
Excess diluted pesticides should not be stored. Share leftover pesticides with friends or neighbors, and dispose of the rest at a household hazardous waste facility. NEVER dump pesticides down the drain, in the trash, into the soil, or in open waterways. This will minimize environmental contamination.
At Pointe Pest Control, we care about the community and the environment. Contact our experts with any questions about the proper use and disposal of pesticides around your home.