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Be Pesticide Smart: Using pesticides safely starts with reading the label

A person holds a bottle of pesticides and reads the small print.

The University of Minnesota Extension Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education team has launched a new resource for the public about pesticide safety.

Pesticides are categorized by the pest they control. They include germ-killing household cleaners and disinfectants, insect repellents, pet products, rodent baits, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and more. They have an important role in our everyday lives. They are also important for controlling disease-carrying insects and destructive pests in our landscapes, homes, and environment.  

Many pests found in our homes and landscapes can be controlled without chemicals, but sometimes pesticides are necessary.

This new resource offers information on how to protect people, pets, wildlife, and the environment by using, storing, and disposing of pesticide products safely.

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