Reading the pesticide label is key to making sure you’re purchasing the correct product and also applying it in a way that protects you, your children and pets and the environment.
In this article we cover some tips for considering when to use a pesticide and the basics of reading pesticide labels.
Caption: An example pesticide label with a peel back tab that reveals additional instructions. Note: Trade-name products and services are mentioned as illustrations only. This does not mean that the UNR Extension either endorses these products and services or intends to discriminate against products and services not mentioned. Credit: Sue Donaldson
Before using a pesticide, there are some key things to consider:
Caption: Mulches, like the wood bark mulch shown here, prevent pests and reduce maintenance. They prevent weeds from coming up, protect against erosion and help to conserve soil moisture. Credit: Carrie Jensen
Caption: Aphids are soft-bodied insects that can easily be washed off with a hose and spray nozzle. Credit: Sue Donaldson
Pesticide labels include a lot of information, and you are legally required to read, understand and follow ALL the instructions. Let’s look at the basic information that is included:
Typical information included on the front of a pesticide container. Credit: Carrie Jensen
Typical information included on the back of a pesticide container. Credit: Carrie Jensen
For more information on how to apply pesticides safety, see our video.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Award No. 2021-70006-35488. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management program is a long-term management strategy that uses a combination of tactics to reduce pests to tolerable levels with potentially lower costs for the pest manager and minimal effect on the environment.
Pesticide Safety Education Program
Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program provides web-based training for pesticide applicators seeking to apply restricted and general use pesticides safely, properly and according to the law. Pesticide licensure and certification is administered by the Nevada Department of Agriculture.
Jensen, C. and Kratsch, H., 2023, Pesticide Labels Explained, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno
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