During the month of February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrates National Pesticide Safety Education Month to raise awareness of pesticide safety education and share best practices for safely using pesticides in and around your home.
Did you know disinfectants that are used against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and other viruses are considered pesticides and are regulated by EPA? Many commonly used household products including antimicrobials, weed killers and insect repellents are also pesticides that should be used with caution. EPA assesses the hazards and benefits of all pesticides sold in the United States and requires instructions for how to use the pesticide safely on each pesticide label.
It is important to read the label before using any pesticide to ensure you are using it correctly and to keep yourself, your family and your pets safe.
Additional Safety Tips:
- Store pesticides in their original containers with proper labels.
- Store pesticides out of the reach of children and pets.
- Use the amount as directed on the label. Using more is may not be more effective and may be harmful to you and the environment.
- Wash your hands with soap and water after using a pesticide.
- Wash clothes that have been in contact with pesticides immediately and separately from other items.
- Keep let children and pets away from sprayed areas while they are still wet.
- Keep pesticides away from food and dishes.
We tend to take pesticides for granted because we use these products regularly – but it is important we remain serious about pesticide safety. Learn more about pesticide safety by visiting EPA website.