Proper Pesticide Storage

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- We are approaching the time in many landscapes where we are ready to quit using the many pesticides we have applied to our shrubs, trees, flowers and lawn.

I can say with much experience, having been a County Extension Agent for over 36 years, that one of the major problems with the use of pesticides is storing them properly. For example, how many times have you lost the mixing directions and had to guess on the amount? That's a no no for sure.

You don't guess with mixing directions. Just make sure your container of pesticide has the mixing directions with it. I know it happens more than I want to see, but make sure the label is in tact on the container. If you have to, tape or staple the label on the container.

Now, if you were vision impaired, in most garages, you can go direct to where you store pesticides from just their smell. If you can smell the pesticides, you don't have them stored properly because there is a broken package or the lid on the container isn't sealed. This all makes for a very very unsafe situation for you and all members of your family.

If you do have a broken container, place it in a plastic bag and make sure the mixing directions as well as the label is inside.

I need to mention something about storage location. Don't store liquid pesticides outside in unheated locations. It's best not to store any pesticides outside in unprotected areas. However, make sure to label your pesticide storage location where the storage area is labeled and locked.

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