Insecticides

Written by Courtney Salinas
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Insecticides should be treated with respect and not used lightly. They are usually strong and are intended to kill, so practice every bit of caution that you can when applying them. Before you go out to tackle your bug problem, take a little time to protect yourself and your family.

Try to spray insecticide on a day when there is little to no wind. This will prevent you from wasting insecticide and from spraying it onto your neighbor's lawn, who may not want it. Clear the area of children, pets and all their toys, as both children and pets like to put everything in their mouths.

Dress like you're going into a snow storm. A mask of some sort is necessary, as are good boots, heavy duty gloves, long sleeves and pants. Spray the insecticide away from you and walk backwards very slowly. Walk with your back to the wind so that if the insecticide is blown, it is blown away from you.

Organic Insecticides

There are some forms of organic insecticides that you can use that might save you having to worry about the health of your family and your pets. Nematodes are microscopic multi-cellular organisms that invade insects' bodies and kill them with a toxin. Nematodes are thought to be completely safe and are available at many garden supply stores.


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