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Consumer Fact Sheets

The following fact sheets were written for consumers. Each fact sheet is also available in Spanish.

Labels are legal documents providing directions on how to mix, apply, store, and dispose of a pesticide product. This means using a pesticide in a manner inconsistent with its labeling is a violation of federal law.

Where do you store your pesticides? A nationwide study by the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that almost one-half of surveyed households with children under the age of 5 had at least one pesticide stored within their reach.

All pesticide users have the responsibility to properly dispose of pesticide wastes, such as unused chemicals and pesticide containers. Improperly disposed pesticide wastes can create serious hazards for humans, animals, and the environment. Reducing pesticide waste requires careful selection of the correct pesticide and correct quantity, and careful calculation of the amount of pesticide needed for each application.

Protective clothing used when mixing, loading, or applying pesticides provides a barrier between the pesticide and the human body. Even though it can be uncomfortable to wear, appropriate protective clothing and/or equipment should always be worn by anyone working with pesticides.

When you discover a pest problem in or around your home, the first step is to identify the pest. The pest may be a weed, plant disease, insect, rodent, mold, mildew, bird, or other nuisance.

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Understanding what you read on a pesticide label is important in preventing contamination or poisoning while applying, mixing, selecting, storing, and disposing pesticides. This fact sheet explains the information on the front of a pesticide label and other important information found elsewhere on the label. (Spanish translation of UO215)

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A 1992 nationwide study by the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that almost one-half of surveyed households with children under the age of 5 had at least one pesticide stored within their reach. Proper pesticide storage helps prolong chemical shelf life while protecting the health of people, animals, and the environment. This full-color publication explains how to store pesticides safely. (Spanish translation of UO216)

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When improperly disposed of, pesticide wastes can create serious hazards for humans, animals, and the environment. This fact sheet provides important tips on how to properly dispose of pesticides. (Spanish translation of UO214)

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Protective clothing used when mixing, loading, or applying pesticides provides a barrier between the pesticide and the human body. Even though it can be uncomfortable to wear, appropriate protective clothing and/or equipment should always be worn by anyone working with pesticides. This full-color publication details why protective equipment is important, as well as the various types of equipment available and when they should be used. (Spanish translation of UO218)

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Many pest problems may require professional assistance. If you determine that professional help is needed, this publication can help you make sure the company you hire meets all the legal and educational requirements that give them the privilege to service your home. (Spanish translation of UO219)