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February 12, 2021
Things Everyone Should Know About Using Pesticides Responsibly
Contact: Michael Wallace

As February is National Pesticide Education Month, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offers the following suggestions for using pesticides safely around the home and garden:

  • Read and follow the label. The label is the law.
  • Store pesticides in their original containers with proper labels.
  • Keep children and pets away from stored pesticides and during pesticide applications.
  • Keep pesticides away from food and dishes.
  • Identify the pest before purchasing pesticide. This will help you select the pesticide that will work best for your specific pest issue.
  • Only apply the amount specified on the label.
  • After using a pesticide, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water. Wash any clothing that may have been exposed to pesticides immediately and keep them separate from other items.
  • Beware of "home brews" to treat for pests as they may do more harm than good.
  • Contact your local office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, as they are a wealth of information.

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 www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pesticide-business-license.shtml. For additional information regarding the use of pesticides in Virginia, please visit www.vapesticidesafety.com.

For more pesticide related information contact the National Pesticide Information Center.

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