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Follow when mixing, measuring, and applying pesticides.
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mixing wettable powders, add the material to a small
amount of water and mix making a slurry, then add water
to make the recommended ratio. This step makes
it easier to get the material into solution. When mixing
emulsifiable concentrates add the concentrate to water
rather than pouring water on the concentrate. This will
prevent the concentrate from being splashed back on
you. If you're using a hose end applicator pour the
measured concentrate into the spray bottle and add water
to the recommended ratio.
Always mix chemicals on a level
uncluttered surface. This will help avoid spills
and inhaling harmful vapors. Always pour chemicals below
chest height. This will prevent accidental spills to
your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Check the temperature before mixing
pesticides, many do not perform well at temperatures
below 50 degrees, or may damage plants at temperatures
above 90 degrees. If rain is predicted within a 12 hour
period delay your spraying, rain may wash off the chemical
reducing its effectiveness.
Don't spray on a windy day.
It will alter spray coverage and may drift your spray
to a non target. It is generally best to spray in the
early morning when the wind is calm. If there is a breeze
do not spray into the wind.
Always keep garden chemicals locked
up, and store them in their original containers.
Moisture, air, light, will reduce the shelf life of
your pesticides. Do not subject pesticides to freezing
or temperatures that exceed 110 degrees. Try not to
purchase more than you can use in a two year period.
mix more pesticide than you'll need during one application,
or save unused mixed pesticide. If you over estimate
the amount needed, don't dump the material on the street
or soil. Spray the excess material on other areas of
the garden which have the same labeled use.
any of your pesticides loose their label, properly discard
them. Check with your city or county, many municipalities
have free pick up or collection centers for unwanted
Never use kitchen utensils for
measuring pesticides. Purchase pesticide measuring
devices and store them with your chemicals.
Resist the temptation to alter
the rates and mix more pesticide than is recommended.
More concentrate doesn't translate to better control.
It may be harmful to your plants and pose a greater
risk to yourself.
you use the entire contents of the bottle, rinse the
container three times and use the rinse water as part
of the spray solution. After spraying, wash your
sprayer out with soap and water, then wash yourself
up with soap and water. Never smoke, eat or chew gum