How to use pesticides safely on metal garden beds?
Do you also often encounter plant-destroying pests in your garden, landscape, and orchard? In these environments, pests can be insects, fungi, bacteria, weeds, mollusks, etc. While pesticides have been an asset in reducing crop losses and improving human health, they can also cause great harm to humans, and the environment, especially when misused. When you purchase a pesticide, you are tacitly agreeing to use it in accordance with label instructions, and intentionally failing to do so may constitute a crime. Therefore, you should read labels carefully and follow the instructions to use them as safely as possible to minimize potential harm to non-target organisms, people, and the environment.
Pesticide labels contain a lot of useful information. When choosing a pesticide, we should be aware of the signal words.
1, CAUTION. CAUTION indicates that the pesticide product is slightly toxic when consumed, absorbed through the skin, inhaled, or causes minor eye or skin irritation.
2、WARNING. WARNING means that the pesticide product is moderately toxic when consumed, absorbed through the skin, inhaled, or causes moderate eye or skin irritation.
3, DANGER. DANGER describes that the pesticide product is highly toxic through at least one route of exposure. It may be corrosive and cause irreversible damage to the skin or eyes. Or, it may be highly toxic if consumed, absorbed through the skin, or inhaled.
Some pesticides are designed to kill pests through direct contact, while others are ingested during ingestion causing poisoning serving to kill pests. Each type of product varies in terms of the species controlled and how long it remains effective. Garden dust, insect sprays, soap sprays, mosquito repellents, ant and cockroach baits, flea shampoos, flea and wall tick collars, mothballs, and pheromone baits. Insects, mites, and ticks can be killed or repelled.
Herbicides can be used to kill weeds and other unwanted plants. While these products have their proper uses, many times people use soil fungicides on driveways and fences before they realize they have inadvertently killed desirable plants. These herbicides move down or sideways with rain or irrigation water into the soil where they can be absorbed by the roots of trees and shrubs. Read labels carefully before use and avoid products containing methomyl, dicamba, dicamba, bromoxynil, simazine or atrazine.
Insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils and plant-derived insecticides are "less toxic" pesticides often used by some gardeners. These pesticides are often used on organically grown crops, according to certification. In recent years, less toxic insecticides have gained popularity, in part because gardeners believe they are safer because they come from natural plant materials. Pyrethroids and neem extracts are among the least toxic insecticides of plant origin. Bacillus thuringiensis is the least toxic class of insecticides derived from bacteria. These products are still regulated by the EPA and should be handled with the same care as traditional insecticides.
Gardeners must learn to tolerate some pest damage, use preventative and non-pesticide measures to repel pests whenever possible, and use insecticides with caution when they are necessary. In addition, do not trust home remedies that contain salt, detergent or vinegar. These methods are not effective and often cause more harm to the environment than traditional insecticides.