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What is a pesticide?
What you should know
Too often people think many pesticides are "safe" just because they may be purchased at the local hardware store, garden supply or supermarket.
Pesticides are designed to be toxic—poisonous— to particular pests. That means if used improperly, a pesticide product could pose risks to children and adults, pets and beneficial creatures and plants.
To protect yourself and others, read the pesticide label carefully. The label is a legal document that tells what pests the product controls and where it can be applied. It also tells how to mix, store and dispose of unused portions or empty containers. For garden use products, the label says how long you must wait before picking a treated food crop.
It's wise to read the label before buying a pesticide, as well as before every application, even if you think you're familiar with the product. Don't rely on memory.
And, use the exact amounts directed by the label and under the conditions specified for the purpose listed. Using any pesticide in a way not consistent with the label is illegal. Also, don't think double strength makes for a better product. It doesn't. Improper use increases your risk of exposure.
List of common pesticides
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