Gerald Holmes, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Bugwood.org
The label provides information on which pests can be controlled, on which crops the pesticide product can be used, and the recommended rates and times of application. Any "off-label" use is a violation of both federal and state laws. Correct use of pesticides is essential to protect human, animal, and plant health as well as to protect the environment. Additionally, proper use will ensure chemical residues on crops and animals do not exceed legal limits (tolerances).