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January 30, 2019
Five Things Everyone Should Know About Using Pesticides Responsibly
February is National Pesticide Education Month
Contact: Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) offers the following suggestions for using pesticides safely around the home and garden:

  • Read and follow the label. The label is the law.  
  • Identify the pest BEFORE you buy a pesticide. This will help you pick the pesticide that will work best for your specific issue.
  • Only buy the amount you need. Bigger isn't always better.
  • Beware of "home brews" to treat for pests. The Internet contains a lot of good information, however, these products have not undergone scientific review and may do more harm than good.
  • Utilize your local office of Virginia Cooperative Extension. They are a wealth of information and you will find an office locator at Just click on the “local offices” tab.

If your pest issue continues or you would prefer not to do it yourself, consider hiring a licensed pesticide business. For a list of licensed pesticide businesses in Virginia, visit

Celebrate National Pesticide Education Month in February by using pesticides responsibly. For more pesticide related information, please visit

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