Pesticides can be effective, but they also can be dangerous if used carelessly or not are stored properly.
When you are spraying you need to build up a good pressure, use a sprayer with a fine nozzle and create considerable turbulence among the plants. Spray at the plant from all angles, shaking the sprayer every now and then to ensure that the chemicals are well mixed.
There are precautions that must be taken when using fungicides or pesticides.
Read the instructions on the container’s label and adhere strictly to them. If in doubt regarding the procedures, do not use the product.
Do not use stronger concentrations or larger dosages than recommended. Don’t think that twice the amount will do twice the job.
Before applying a pesticide remove children and pets from the area and keep them away until the pesticide has dried or as recommended by the label.
Never spray or apply pesticides or fungicides during windy conditions and use appropriate masks and protective clothing such as impermeable gloves, an overall or long pants and long-sleeve shirts. Care must be taken not to inhale any quantity. Change clothes and wash your hands immediately after applying spraying.
Don’t use products for pests or diseases that are not indicated on the label.
Store chemical products locked away in clearly labelled, closed original containers, away from food and out of reach of children and animals.
Never store pesticides or fungicides in cold drink and other bottles previously used for human consumption.
Dispose of empty bottles and packets by placing them in the rubbish bin – do not burn them or wash them out.
Rinse the sprayer, at least twice, immediately after spraying, using washing up liquid ideally, and pour the rinse water onto soil in a little-used corner – not down the drain.