We cannot say enough: Pest control chemicals are dangerous if not handled properly. They are necessary to prevent invasive insects that would otherwise make our lives miserable, but must be treated properly. Proper handling of pesticides begins with a good understanding of your pest infestation problem and the products available on the market to control it.
You can't control the pests if you don't understand the chemicals you use.
Pesticides are generally classified as insecticides, fungicides, herbicides or repellents. They are used for domestic or commercial purposes to repel or kill insects, fungi, rodents or weeds in our environment. They have different modes of action depending on the pest they target, ranging from contact, systemic action or even repellent.
Whether it is from staff at your local Bunnings or from full-fledged pest control experts like us, it is always good to get the right advice on the chemical to use for your specific pest problem.
Once you have selected the product, you should read the label carefully before opening it and starting to use it. Recommended dosage levels are important. Prepare only the minimum amounts required to do the spraying job. Apply only pesticides approved for home use, generally indicated on the product label.
Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) is absolutely essential when using chemicals. Basic PPE includes gloves, a dust mask, a trench or coveralls, rubber boots and in some cases goggles. Depending on the amount you spray and the period of time you will be exposed, the type of PPE will vary.
After using the chemicals, you should wash your hands or take a full shower, again, depending on your level of exposure to the chemical. You should also remove any chemical remaining in the spray pump and wash it as well.
Chemicals should be kept out of the reach of children and should be properly labeled. Do not transfer chemical pesticides to different containers. Do not use chemical containers for any other use outside of the storage of the pesticide itself.
You can bring containers of used chemicals to a community recycling center or to a household chemical cleaning event held at various locations around NSW on specified dates throughout the year. Professional pest control operators also handle container disposal when you hire their services.
Despite the fact that most pest control products have toxic properties, they only become dangerous when they are mishandled or misused by people. All pesticides sold in Australia must be registered and approved for sale by the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (NRA). They first undergo a rigorous approval process to assess their effectiveness and their possible impact on health and the environment.
All pesticides are delivered with a safety data sheet (MSDS) which contains important information on the chemical composition of the pesticides as well as additional information on safety in use and potentially harmful environmental effects. You can get it from the product distributor or pest control operator you hire.
All adults can use pesticides on their property but must take the necessary precautionary measures to protect themselves from potential damage. When a larger operation is necessary to eradicate pests, for example in the event of a serious infestation, the law on the environment recommends hiring a professional pest controller. They are authorized and licensed under strict conditions by Australian environmental protection law.
If someone ingests a pesticide, you should immediately call your local emergency number. Read the label on the pesticide container and follow the instructions given in case of accidental poisoning.
Maintaining good hygiene, such as cleaning up leftover food that attracts household pests such as ants, cockroaches and rodents, can help reduce the need for pesticides. Eliminating weeds and caring for your lawn can also reduce pests such as rodents. However, there are situations where chemicals need to be applied, especially in the event of a pest outbreak. These epidemics are generally seasonal when weather conditions become conducive to their reproduction.
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