Last year we met with the pesticide producers for a wide-ranging chat about life and death.
We agreed to work together to promote the safe use and disposal of garden pesticides (and I blogged about it at the time).
Now we have jointly produced a leaflet which you may see in a garden centre near you over the next few weeks.
Here are the main points to keep in mind:
Ways to ensure safe use:- Do not buy more than you need- Read the label and use according to instructions- Check for any restrictions on use – ie near ponds, fish tanks etc- Use appropriate equipment to apply the chemical- Accurately measure the product. Do not make up more than you need- Only use on the area/plants where you identify a problem that needs tackling- Spray early morning or late evening when bees and other insects are less active- Spray in calm conditions, avoid spraying in strong sunshine and before or just after rain- Consider Ready to Use products which can be reused until empty and disposed of in household wasteWays to ensure safe disposal:- Use up surplus spray solution by applying on the areas covered by the approved use- Never dispose of unwanted product, diluted product or rinsings in household drains or ditches- Rinse empty containers three times and use up rinsings by applying to the area you are treating. Containers can then be safely disposed of in household waste- Dispose of unused product in its container at a registered household waste site
The problem is the pesticide industry will not endorse the best advice which is use pesticides as sparingly as possible and preferably not at all! I have real reservations about conservation organisations working with these companies as I believe it can send the wrong messages.
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