Purpose of A Pesticide Label

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and each state has the authority to review, approve, register and license pesticides. The EPA sets the minimum regulations and the states can adopt even more restrictive requirements than the Federal EPA standards. Pesticides must be registered by the state and the EPA before distribution is permitted.

Before registering a new pesticide or new use for a previously registered pesticide, the EPA must first ensure that a pesticide, when used according to its label directions, can be used with a reasonable certainty of no harm to human health and without posing unreasonable risks to the environment.

Always Read A Pesticide Label

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has strict guidelines on what’s required to be included on a pesticide label. Therefore it is the best guide to using a particular pesticide safely and effectively. The purpose of pesticide product label is to help achieve maximum pest control results with the least health risk and hazard to people, pets and the environment.

If you’re doing your own pest control and using pesticides, always read the label carefully before buying or using the pesticide. This is for your own safety. When using a professional pest control service, always request a copy of the pesticide labels it intends to suggest or use. It is illegal to use a pesticide in a manner that is not consistent with label precautions and directions.

Various pesticide products are intended to control specific kinds of pests. When used against pests not defined, they may not only be ineffective but using it in a manner contrary to label instruction can be very dangerous. Following are label inclusion requirements of the EPA:

  • EPA Registration Number. This number advises that the EPA has reviewed the product and determined it can be used and applied with minimal and low risk provided the directions of use on the label are followed accurately and properly. It is not a stamp of approval or guarantee of product effectiveness.
  • Read Signal Words. CAUTION means the least harmful. WARNING means more poisonous and toxic than a caution. DANGER means very poisonous and should be used with extreme care. They can also severely burn your eyes.
  • Label also includes the following. Precautionary statements; the hazards to wildlife and the environment; directions of use; storage and disposal; and first-aid instructions.

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*Disclaimer: EPA regulations are subject to change and modification. Always check the above EPA sources for any modifications and changes.