Pesticides, as we know, can be damaging to our health, this is especially true if someone is exposed for a prolonged period of time. However, what if it becomes necessary to use them, what can we do to limit our exposure to this type of hazardous chemical? One very important thing to remember when it comes to any type of chemical is to store them in well-labeled containers and keep them far out of children’s reach.
Another obvious way of protecting yourself that often gets overlooked is to wear protective clothing. You do not want your skin to be exposed to the pesticide. Wear protective glasses and use a breathing mask while handling pesticides. It’s also important to wear protective gloves when using them, however, remember that the pesticide will stay on the gloves, this means that if you are using leather gloves, for example, you could be exposing yourself to the pesticide each time you wear them again. This will happen to other items such as a watch strap, so if you value it, it’s best not to wear it for this job.
Whenever you are handling pesticide or any hazardous chemical, make sure the area has good ventilation, outside is the ideal place to mix or handle it. If you will be applying the pesticide indoors, again, it’s essential to keep the area well ventilated.
Did you know that certain types of plants act as natural insect repellents? This is a good option for preventing the need for pesticides.
Certain construction materials can act as pest deterrents as well, so if you are building your home, it might be good to think about using these kinds of materials.
To summarize then, if we have to use pesticides on our properties, make sure to do all you can to reduce your exposure to them and keep the area well ventilated.