How to Read the Label

Reading pesticide label directions will help you determine the best product for a sustainable solution. Following them makes sure the product does its job and does it safely. In fact, the label is the law, and it’s a violation of federal law to use a pesticide product in a different manner than instructed on the label.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) oversees the pesticide label process to provide consistency and verify that all required information is included on labels. The following information can be found on each pesticide label:

awardIntended use. First things first, find a product that’s intended for the problem at hand. Check the product’s uses to understand whether it will be an effective choice.

listDirections for use. Even if asking for directions isn’t your favorite thing, take a close look at this section. The directions will explain how to prep, how much to use, when to apply, and what to avoid.

trashStorage and Disposal. Learn the dos and don’ts when it comes to storing products for future use and disposing of them to keep your kids, pets, and the environment safe.

signPrecautions. Be informed. read this section closely to get a better idea of the safety precautions specific to the product.

first-aid-kit2-01First Aid.
Read label directions, including the first aid section. Read the first aid warnings to understand exactly what to do in case of emergency.

governmentEPA Registration Number. U.S. EPA-approved products have a registration number on their label. Registered products show you they have been thoroughly evaluated by EPA and can be used safely when you read and follow all label directions. Whether you choose an EPA-registered or another type of solution, it’s still important to always read and follow all directions.

U.S. EPA’s web site has resources to help familiarize yourself with information to look for when selecting and using products.

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