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Pesticide Safety

What is a pesticide? A pesticide is a chemical used to prevent, kill, or repel pests. Pests can be insects, rodents, weeds, or even some germs. When used improperly, pesticides can harm people, pets, and the environment.

Pesticide Examples

  • Bug repellent
  • Pet flea and tick treatment
  • Algae killer for pools and fish tanks
  • Bathroom mold and mildew removal agents

Pesticide Tips

  • Store pesticides in their original containers – up, away, and out of sight of children and pets.
  • Clearly label anything containing pesticides.
  • Keep pesticides in their original container.
  • Read the label and follow the directions every time you use a pesticide.
  • Use protective clothing and equipment as directed by the product label.
  • Wash your hands right after handling and using pesticides.
  • Before entering your home, remove and wash clothes that were exposed to pesticides.

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