Some Dos and Don’ts of Artificial Pest Control 

Tuesday 14th Dec 2021 |

The industrial revolution in the mid 18th century, for the very first time, pushed towards higher requirements for chemical pesticides and more efficient pest control methods. 

And since then, it has been a busy industry due to its apparent cost-effectiveness and better crop yield. Despite all their advantageous qualities, the chemical pesticide can prove to be harmful to livestock and the environment in general when not used properly. So let’s look into the Dos and don’t of chemical pesticides.  

Hiring a pest control company in London like Empire Pest Control will still make the job easier for you. 

Do’s  

  • Always go for the water-resistant pesticides when possible; they prevent contamination of water bodies nearby by persisting on the surface and getting dissolved away with them.  
  • Make sure it is stored tightly concealed bottles and sprays in storage nearby the farm 
  • Disinfect all the tools used for one crop before making use of them for another 
  • Measure the dose correctly before applying it to the infected crop 
  • Store in room temperature at all times 
  • Check the label behind the bottle for every use for expiration  
  • And dispose of the emptied bottles of pesticides properly, making sure they do not get in touch with nearby livestock or water bodies. 
  • Make sure to put on gloves before handling pesticides in any way 
  •  Assess your crops and choose the pesticides suitable to them. 

Don’ts  

  • Do not mix and measure liquid pesticides in and around the soils; always make sure that’s done free hand in the storage room. All this can lead to Unnecessary mishandling, which ultimately affects the livestock. It  cannot be stressed enough, do not drain unused and remaining pesticides into water bodies. It can be extremely harmful not just for aquatic life but the nearby existing fauna as well. 
  • Do not purchase in excess.  
  • Do not use empty pesticide bottles for storage of any other kind of liquids. 
  • Do not eat or perform any similar activity while handling pesticides and should consider health & safety while treating pests. 
  • Do not let livestock or animals around the infected and treated area. 
  • The use of pesticides in your local farm can benefit a significant amount in terms of productivity and targeting. However, we need to make sure that we do not overdo it. 
  • Chemical pesticides, after all are artificial and manufactured. They tend to strip the soil of their natural nutrients, which can further lead to desertification. 

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