Our topic springs from the safe use of pesticides. Are these pesticides safe after they dry?
This will form the basis of our discussion. As you read on, you’ll find out all the information you need to know about pesticide safety after the treated area dries up.
How Safe Are Pesticides After They Dry Up?
While pesticides play an important functional role in pest control, they pose health risks as well.
Sticking to their use instruction is crucial for your safety. As much as you want to get rid of an existing pest problem, you should also be cautious about safety. Matters of safety should be considered of equal or even greater importance.
Safety Starts from the Pesticide Label
Every pesticide you purchase comes with a label where safety instructions regarding its usage are provided. These are meant to help users avoid the adverse effects springing from improper use.
As such, any pesticide you pick off a store shelf will have detailed precautionary instructions.
These must be well adhered to to limit the chances of poisoning. Pesticides come in different categories. Most of those used in households include insecticides and rodenticides.
Each of these categories of pesticides poses a significant health risk when improperly used.
There are common terms that accompany most pesticides. These are written based on the toxicity of the pesticide. Such terms include “caution,” “warning,” or “danger.” These reveal the level of toxicity of a pesticide product.
- For instance, “caution” simply means the toxicity is mild. However mild it is, you still need to take precautionary safety measures.
- The “warning” written on a label means the product is a bit more toxic or hazardous.
- While “danger” indicates pesticide products with the most risk.
Most Pesticides Are Safe
Most pesticides are safe when dry. However, the keyword here is “most.”
Other pesticides aren’t. As such, adequate precautionary measures will need to be taken. The type of pesticide being used will determine its safety when dry.
For instance, insecticides used in homes will require surfaces properly cleaned before usage. The most crucial is the surfaces used in food preparation. Your kitchen area will need to be thoroughly cleaned up after fumigation or pesticide application.
You should know that quite a lot of pesticides leave residues behind. These can easily find their way (however little) into your food when treated surfaces used for food preparation aren’t cleaned.
Thorough cleaning is needed irrespective of whether these surfaces are dry or not.
On the other hand, pesticides used for grub control or other pest issues on the lawn are considered safe when dry. For most of these pesticide categories, they’re only safe after about 48 hours post-treatment. If you keep pets, you may want to wipe down their fur or coats as well as paws before allowing them indoors.
The safety of your pets is also paramount. Therefore, you must ensure they don’t chew on lawn grass or whatever has come in contact with such pesticides at least until it becomes safe enough.
Additional Safety Measures
Before conducting your pesticide application, you should know that safety involves much more than dry treated surfaces. In other words, pesticide application is generally a risky venture and must be carefully done.
Liquid pesticides are dispersed in mist form and must be applied using controlled measures.
You might want to start by putting away or removing sensitive items. This helps prevent certain problems from occurring in the first place.
What more? Pesticides will require well-ventilated areas to ensure safety. Everyone needs to get out of the area until it’s safe enough to come in.
The volume of pesticide released or applied depends on the information on the label.
Only the right amount or volume should be dispersed to a targeted environment. Saturating a treatment area with pesticides creates a problem for the environment as well as anyone who comes into such an area too soon.
It will require a longer drying period and other beneficial organisms and plants may be affected in the process. These are only a few of the many possibilities that may arise.
Pesticide poisoning happens in many ways.
These hazardous chemicals get into the body of humans and pets and create significant health problems. There are several ways through which pesticides can get into your body.
These entry points include dermal, oral, and respiratory points.
As the name suggests, pesticides can easily get into your body through your eyes and skin.
Exposure creates a major problem as these toxic chemicals will readily get through your skin and into the body system, thus causing significant health risks.
Pesticides can be ingested through the mouth when water sources and food are polluted.
Application safety becomes paramount in addressing this type of poisoning. Because these pesticides carry a safety label, it’s best to adhere to the instructions as such helps to prevent or limit this type of poisoning.
Wherever aerosols or liquid pesticides are applied, their particles are carried in the air and likely inhaled. You’ll need to prevent this by wearing protective equipment such as a nose or gas mask.
Also, everyone not involved in such a pesticide application must be off-limits until it’s safe enough.
What more? Pesticides shouldn’t be applied on windy days as their particles can be transported by air for great distances. This results in significant health risks for everyone.
Do This Before Purchasing That Pesticide
Before you ever decide on purchasing a pesticide, it’s important to consider the many implications involved.
First, you need to go for one which presents the least harm. Safety precautions should be very clear and understandable.
To enhance safety, the right equipment will be needed. You should be particular about safety after the chemical is dry. Proper and safe disposal of the leftover solution is also crucial and should be properly done.
Decontamination is an essential part of the process. Learn what needs to be done to decontaminate the treatment area and surfaces.
We’ve found that some pesticides are safe after they dry. However, several others aren’t. It all boils down to what safety instructions accompany the product. If you feel overwhelmed by the procedures, consider calling for professional help.