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A Word About Pesticides
What You Should Know
Too often people think many pesticides are "safe" just because they can be purchased at the local hardware store, garden supply, or supermarket.
Pesticides are designed to be toxic. Each time you apply a pesticide there may be unintended consequences. People (especially children and the elderly), pets and beneficial organisms may be affected. Water quality and aquatic life may also be impacted by outdoor applications.
To protect yourself and others, read and follow pesticide labels carefully. The label is a legal document that tells what pests the product controls and where it can be applied. Not following the label is actually a violation of federal law. The label also tells how to mix, store, and dispose of unused portions and empty containers. For garden use products, it says which crops can be treated and how long you must wait before picking a treated food crop.
It is wise to read the label before buying a pesticide, as well as before every application, even if you think you are familiar with the product. Don't rely on memory.
Always use the exact amount directed by the label (or less if it works) and under the conditions specified for the purpose listed. Using any pesticide in a way not consistent with the label is illegal and unsafe. Don't think double strength makes for a better product. It doesn't. Improper use increases risk. Of course, only use pesticides as a last resort.
Algicides—control algae in swimming pools, lakes, canals, and water used industrially or stored
Disinfectants and Sanitizers—kill or inactivate disease-producing microorganisms (like bacteria and viruses) on inanimate objects
Fungicides—kill fungi (many infect and cause diseases in plants, animals, and people; examples: rusts, mildews, blights, and molds)
Fumigants—produce gas or vapor to destroy insects, fungi, bacteria, or rodents
Herbicides—kill weeds and other plants
Miticides—kill mites that feed on plants and animals
Microbials—microorganisms that kill, inhibit, or out compete pests, including insects or other microorganisms
Molluscicides—kill snails and slugs
Nematicides—kill nematodes (microscopic, wormlike organisms that feed on plant roots)
Ovicides—kill eggs of insects and mites
Repellents—repel pests, including birds and insects
Rodenticides—control mice and other rodent pests
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