Consumer Fact Sheets
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.