If you’ve ever lived anywhere near an orange grove or strawberry field here in Florida, you’re likely no stranger to pesticides. And it’s no surprise that the agricultural industry uses a lot of pesticides, and while their negative impact has lessened over the years, pesticides may still be viewed as a necessary evil by many people. While commercial pesticides can be a hot topic, many homeowners regularly use pesticides and don’t even realize it. Ultimately, a pesticide is anything that is designed to kill organic matter that is viewed as a nuisance.
Your everyday weed killers, bug killers, and rat poisons are just a few examples of consumer products that are technically pesticides, and may contain the very same chemicals used by big farms. For these and other reasons, be sure to follow the warning information provided by the manufacturer. If it’s a spray, try to use it on a day that is not windy, and wear long sleeves and pants.