The conditions pesticides are stored under are critical in
determining how long they last.
pesticides should be stored in a cool, dry area.
store liquid products where temperatures will fall below 40°F.
pesticides should be stored out of direct sunlight.
should always be kept in their original container with the lid
often designed to minimize exposure to sunlight, which causes many
pesticides to degrade quickly. The original container is also
important so you know exactly what the product is and so you have
the label for mixing and usage directions. A sad fact is that most
pesticide poisonings occur because the product has been poured into
another container such as a soda bottle. Storing pesticides in their
original container avoids any confusion about what is inside.
cause of pesticide poisoning in children is oral exposure. Never
transfer a pesticide from its original packaging and never
put a pesticide in an old beverage container!
Keep pesticides out of the reach of children!
The way pesticides are formulated - that is, whether they are
granular, wettable powders, emulsifiable concentrates or flowables
(liquids) - also determines how long they last in storage.
Emulsifiable concentrates and liquid formulations are more sensitive
to freezing than granular products. Many pesticides - even granular
ones - are sensitive to humidity and high temperatures. Some
pesticides are less stable than others by virtue of the chemical
composition of the active ingredients. Others contain stabilizers
and emulsifiers that lengthen their shelf life.
Proper Pesticide Storage
It is best for home gardeners to try to purchase only what they will
use in a season or two at most. While large containers may seem less
expensive than those generally available to home gardeners, the
issue of proper storage should not be taken lightly. Green industry
professionals are required to meet certain standards for pesticide
storage and containment of potential spills. It is not wise for home
gardeners to store large of amounts of pesticides. In case of fire,
the presence of large amounts of pesticides in someone’s basement
makes a dangerous situation worse. Pesticides should always be
stored in a locked room or cabinet and out of the reach of children
Safety is no accident
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