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I do my own pest control. Are there any special precautions I need to take?

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There is a saying in the pest control industry, “The label is the law”. In other words, follow the label precisely.

It is ALWAYS important to follow the directions on the label. The label will tell you how, when, and why to use the product, as well as what to do in the event that you come into contact with the product. It will also give you mixing instructions. Some people believe that more is better, meaning that the stronger that they mix the chemical, the better the product will be. That’s not true at all. As a matter of fact, in some cases, using too high of a concentration of a product can make it ineffective.

Two things that should be covered on the label, but things that warrant extra emphasis, are PPE, and dry time. PPE stands for personal protective equipment. PPE could include things such as eye protection, a respirator, or gloves. Make sure that you wear the called upon PPE to avoid any exposure to the products. As far as the dry time is concerned, make sure that you allow the product to dry completely before coming into contact with the treated areas.