While the word “pesticides” may bring to mind scenes such as the one pictured in this blog post, the fact is that a pesticide is really anything that’s used for destroying insects or other organisms that are harmful to plants or animals. So if you’ve ever used things as simple as a weed-killing spray, or a bug spray, or rat poison, the answer to our question is “yes”.
Since pesticides are so common, and in some cases, essential, how can you use them safely and effectively? Primarily, it comes down to common sense. For example, you wouldn’t want to spray chemicals like pesticides outside on a windy day, as they could easily find their way somewhere you don’t want them to be, like your neighbor’s yard, on your food, or in your eyes. Be sure to consult the product label on any pesticide you use to make sure you know the best way to use them.