Pesticides generally are substances that repel, kills, or control any pest. These substances are usually harmful and require care in their application. This is why pesticide education is necessary for anyone who will be applying them. It is important because, in managing pests, the responsible application of pesticides will ensure safe food supply and protect both public and private health. Many states make this education compulsory especially for public and commercial applicators of pesticides and only when one has undergone all the training, taken examinations, and has been certified can he or she be granted a license to be an applicator.
Many academic institutions offer pesticide application as a course of study, and the program covers every aspect of regulations on pesticides such as pest identification, best practices for handling pesticides, personal safety, application, storage, and disposal. The goal of the program is to ensure the applicator has all the information and skill needed for effective and save the use of pesticides in different situations. The training is usually open to both commercial applicators whose occupation involves the use of pesticides and occasional applicators such as renters, homeowners, building maintenance officials, and public agency workers. It is essential to have the right training before using pesticides in order to prevent causing harm to yourself and others.
However, if you will be applying pesticides, there are basic rules that you must always adhere to. This include:
Read the instructions on the label and follow it: the insecticide label, pamphlets, or brochure usually contains all the relevant information you need to have about the use of the product. Before you even open the product, ensure you have read through the instructions and fully understands it, and most importantly, follow it to the letter.
Read the Caution Label: This could also be called the warning label and contain information regarding the dangers of using the pesticides. Information such as its toxicity and what you should avoid when using the pesticides would be mentioned here, it is essential you know so you can avoid regrets.
Use the right containers for measurement, mixing, and application: When choosing containers to use for pesticides, avoid using utensils that could be mistakenly used for food and ensure that application is done using the right equipment such as garden sprayers and air pumps, that way, you can avoid direct contact with the pesticide. It is also necessary that you measure correctly and mix only the product you will use at once. Storing leftover mixed pesticide is a bad idea with dangers.
Wear protective gear: protect yourself when applying pesticides, and this means wearing rubber boots, rubber gloves, safety glasses, and long-sleeved clothes so that you can avoid all contact with the products.
Wash Equipment after use: Once you’re done applying the pesticides, thoroughly wash the equipment used and avoid doing so near a drinking water supply. It is also essential that you wash before you even think of doing anything else. This means no eating, smoking, or drinking during the whole process.