February the EPA celebrates
National Pesticide Safety Education Month…

Did you know that in 2015 globally, 2.7 million tons of pesticides were reportedly applied to agricultural land?  Did you also know that pesticides include our common household cleaning & disinfecting products too? Antibacterial, disinfectants, herbicides, fungicides, rodenticides….. these are all pesticides! And, they can all be used with safety in mind!

          Here are some helpful things to remember when using and/or applying pesticides:

  1. Read the label. Product labels provide important information containing active ingredients, target pests, use sites, protective wear, application rates and other hazard information to help you use & apply the pesticide with safety in mind.
  2. If you have questions about the pesticide, ask your local extension agents, chemical representatives, or other pesticide specialists who have been trained to provide detailed information to help reduce risk to our health & environment.
  3. Keep pesticides out of reach of children and pets.
  4. Wash your hands with soap and water to reduce risk of pesticide residue on your skin.
  5. Wash clothes that have been in contact with pesticides separately and immediately after use to reduce risk of contamination and unnecessary exposure.
  6. Don’t let children and/or pets enter sprayed areas while wet. Read your label for important re-entry interval information, to safely enter areas of pesticide treatment.
  7. And always keep pesticides away from food, dishes, and other eating/food preparation areas.

We thank you for your continued safety practices and proper use, storage and disposal of registered pesticide products. For more information on pesticide product registration please visit the Montana Department of Agriculture online at https://agr.mt.gov/PesticidePrograms or by emailing pestreg@mt.gov.