Insecticide Safety


Gardeners and farmers often use insecticides for the control of insects in the home garden and in agricultural crops. Spreading insecticides, although effective, may kill more than just pests. Insecticides are highly poisonous and can cause respiratory issues, skin burning, blindness and death if not spread according to the safety precautions of the product.

Selecting Pesticides

The insect or similar pest in question requires identification before you choose a pesticide. Properly choosing insecticides determines how dangerous the potential control will be. A gardener must decide whether the amount of damage the insecticide causes is worth the pest control. The insecticide with the lowest toxicity should be used when possible to prevent injury, states North Dakota State University. Buy only enough insecticide to deal with the problem at hand.


Always read the label to determine how to mix the product and what the recommended guidelines for use are. Look at all danger warnings to understand what cautions come from the producer of the chemical. A label should indicate whether the product is safe in a greenhouse, notes the University of Kentucky 's pesticide safety guide.


Examine the area before applying the insecticide to avoid hurting wildlife while spraying. Wear protective gear such as long sleeves and pants, respirators, eye wear and gloves. Never spray on days where there is heavy wind or rain to prevent drifting of the chemicals. Restrict eating, drinking and smoking during application.


Disposing of insecticides requires more than pouring it down the drain. In most regions, this practice is illegal. Hazardous material disposal services operate in most areas. If not, call the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for disposal information. Never reuse empty insecticide cans, and wrap aerosol cans in plastic before disposal to prevent leaks.


Spills are a serious issue. Never leave the spill unattended and keep all children and animals away until clean-up is finished. Try to confine the spill and rinse the area with water and rags. Prevent insecticides from running into drains.

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