Herbicides are used to kill various weeds and brush that are not wanted by homeowners or other land owners. Herbicides are extremely effective, yet they do pose some health risks if they are not used properly. Before you decide to use an herbicide, you must completely read all of the warning labels and use the product as instructed. Being safe when you use an herbicide is a must.
Purchase the herbicide that is right for the type of weed you want to remove. Some weeds are tougher to kill and require a stronger herbicide. Some weeds will die fairly quickly with a less toxic herbicide. That would be a good choice, especially if you plan on planting another type of plant in the weed's place.
Keep your leftover herbicides in their original container. Make sure the lid is on properly and that they are stored in a locked garage or shed. The herbicides should also be kept on a high shelf, so that children and pets cannot reach them.
Wear long clothing and gloves when working with the herbicide. This will protect your skin from touching the herbicide. Herbicides can cause skin irritation.
Put on a pair of goggles and a mask. Herbicides can splash up in your eye, and they can be inhaled. This could cause problems with your vision and respiratory health.
Read all application and mixing instructions that come with the herbicide you want to use. Follow these exactly.
Apply the herbicide on a sunny day when there is little or no wind. This prevents the herbicide from drifting and landing on plants and vegetation that you didn't intend it to get on. Rain will only wash the herbicide away, so make sure there is no rain scheduled in the forecast for 48 hours.
Call the poison control center (1-800-222-1222) immediately if you get the herbicide in your eyes, or you breathe it in.