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How to Use Pesticide Responsibly

The Key to Utilizing Pesticides

Pesticides have a somewhat negative reputation these days. The truth is that, if used properly, pesticides can be a fantastic resource. They can make all the difference between a successful garden and a failure. Pesticides can eliminate a whole host of pests, including both animals like rodents and insects, as well as weeds, and other concerns like bacteria or fungus. However, despite it’s advantages there are inherent risks in using pesticides. There is a right and wrong way to do so. As such, here are a few tips to follow to make sure you’re properly utilizing this fantastic resource:

Pick the Right Pesticide for the Job: The first thing you should do is identify the problem. What’s causing your issue? Is it bugs? Fungus? Rodents? Whatever your issue might be, there is a pesticide designed specifically for that purpose. Here are a few of the most common types:

  • Herbicide kills weeds which might be negatively influencing your garden and depleting the plants you do want of necessary resources, thus not allowing them to thrive as they otherwise would.
  • Insecticide can be used to kill insects of all varieties.
  • Rodenticide can be used to vanquish rodents and other pesky animals from your garden.
  • Fungicide can be used to eliminate harmful fungi, including those who would leach off your plants
  • Disinfectants can be used to combat bacteria threats, including blights or diseases.
  • Miticides can kill mites, microscopic organisms which can plague your plants.

Using the wrong type of pesticide will not aid your garden in the least. Since each is formulated to a different problem, using the wrong type will have basically no effect.

Use Your Pesticide Properly: Use only the pesticide you require, being sure to follow the instructions carefully. Mix only what you need, nothing more. Be sure not to get any on yourself by wearing appropriate protective clothing. If you spill any, it’s best to call a local environmental protection agency for arrange for a cleanup. Too much pesticide can poison oil, making the area quite hazardous.

Store Your Pesticide Carefully: Be sure to store any and all unused pesticide in a tightly sealed container. Place it in a dry, ventilated space which is neither overly hot or cold.

Follow these simple guidelines, and your garden’s overall welbeing may just dramatically improve.