Now that Spring has decided to arrive that also means the arrival insects.  Whether you use a Professional to help with your issues or you are a DIY sort of person, one thing remains the same.  Labels!  Every pesticide, herbicide and all the rest have very specific instructions.  As professional pest control technicians we have a responsibility to our customers to apply the chemicals we use in a safe and appropriate manner.  That's where the label comes into the fold.  The label is the law in the pest control industry.  There are very strict rules and regulations and they all stem from the label provided by the manufacturer.  The manufacturers of these pesticides provide very specific instructions with each product they offer.  These range from the proper dilution instructions to the protective equipment required while applying the pesticide.  These instructions are critical to the safety of technicians as well as the customers where these are being applied.  Improper use of pesticides can be dangerous to the technician, the customers and their families and the environment.  With all the talk of Colony Collapse Disorder which has had a major impact on the honey bee populations around the world along with chemicals being found in ground water, following the instructions on any chemical has become more critical than ever.  The label also provides instructions on how to apply and when to apply.  Now these instructions don't only apply to the professionals applying them.  Household pesticides also carry these same instructions.  Mixing to the appropriate dilutions is still a very important aspect of DIY pest control.  Just because you have a large problem with an insect, mixing your pesticide a "little stronger" is not going to make the problem go away any faster or safer.  They have all been tested and the reason the recommended dilutions are there is for your safety.  This will also prevent more of the pesticide being used than needed and save you some money.  So as the insects become more prevalent make sure to identify your target pest and follow the instructions provided to you on the label.  As always if you have questions or the job has become to large to tackle on your own we're here for you!  Until next time....

AuthorDerrick Chapman
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