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Dispose of your household pesticides properly.
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Usage and Disposal FAQs
- Dispose of unused pesticides according to the instructions on the product label
- Never pour any leftover pesticides down the sink, toilet, sewer or storm drain
- Don’t stockpile pesticides. Buy only enough for one season
- If you only need to treat a small area, consider ready-to-use pesticides rather than products you have to mix yourself
- Always store pesticides in their original containers
- Ensure containers are securely closed
- Store in a safe place away from children
- Do not reuse an empty pesticide container
- Remember that an empty pesticide container contains residue and should also be handled carefully and according to the label
Tips for Pyrethroid Use
Homeowners and gardeners who choose to use pesticides to control insects in their yards should adhere to the following guidelines:
- Always read the entire label first and follow the directions
- Reduce pest infestations by eliminating what often attracts them or creates ideal breeding conditions – standing water, pet droppings, tree prunings or fallen fruit
- Remove thatch buildup in lawns to ensure water soaks deeply into the lawn and prevents runoff
- Mix and use only the amount you need
- Avoid applying a spray or dust on a windy day
- Rinse all pesticide application equipment only over the treated area
- Always use dry sawdust or kitty litter to soak up a liquid spill and then sweep it into a plastic garbage bag for disposal; don’t use water to rinse or clean up a liquid spill
- Sweep or blow granules that fall on porches, driveways and sidewalks back onto the treated area
- When watering treated areas, don’t overwater and don’t allow water to runoff into gutters, in-lawn drains or storm drains