VDACS News Releases
February 9, 2022
VDACS Encourages the Responsible Use of Pesticides
Read and follow the label - The label is the law
Contact: Michael Wallace
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is recognizing National Pesticide Safety Education Month by reminding the public to read the label on all pesticide products and follow the instructions for their use. The instructions and related precautions that appear on the pesticide label are intended to protect the user, other people, animals and the surrounding environment by minimizing the potential risk of exposure to the pesticide. The likelihood of an incident is minimized when users follow the directions on the label.
Pesticide users are reminded that the pesticide label is the law. Failure to follow the directions could constitute violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, which is the federal pesticide law, as well as the Virginia Pesticide Control Act. Both the federal and Virginia pesticide laws provide for civil or criminal penalties for violations.
VDACS offers the following suggestions for using pesticides safely around the home and garden:
To learn more about the proper use of pesticides, visit the Virginia Pesticide Safety website at www.vapesticidesafety.com. In addition to information regarding the proper use of pesticides, the website also contains information about common and seasonal home, lawn and garden pests, as well as options for managing those pests.
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