February Is National Pesticide Safety Month!

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February is National Pesticide Safety Month! So, we want to share some tips to help keep our community safe.

For any pesticide, the label is the law! Make sure you read and follow all label instructions. The label will give information including how and where you can use the pesticide, what personal protective equipment (PPE) you should wear when handling the pesticide, and more.

Pesticide Safety Equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves and goggles, protects the person handling the pesticide.

In North Carolina, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) is the organization responsible for enforcing pesticide regulations. NCDA&CS administers pesticide exams and licenses. Licensed pesticide applicators can usually get pesticide education, including continuing education credits, through their local Extension office. All of these educational credits are approved by the NCDA&CS.

Safely disposing of pesticides is important for keeping people safe and protecting the environment. The 3RC EnviroStation offers pesticide disposal for Forsyth County residents. Be sure to check their website for information on their hours of operation and what materials they accept.

pesticide label

The pesticide label is the law and includes important information about safely using the product.

For even more information on pesticide safety, visit the following links:

Pesticide Environmental Stewardship: Some Basic Safety Principles

North Carolina Pesticide Safety Education Program