Pesticides, Herbicides and Your Chemical Control Program

Spring brings warmer temperatures and an increase in pest activity. Keep in mind that pesticides are part of your chemical control program. This is a good time to remind your employees that pesticides include things like herbicides (i.e. Round Up) that are used for weed control and household pesticides. Herbicides are pesticides and need to be treated as such and managed as part of the chemical control program.

Employee's Misuse of Chemicals

Household pesticides are often brought in by well-intentioned employees who might see ants in the break room or wasps trying to build nests at doors or where off-loading of bulk materials may occur. Household pesticides are not labeled for use in food plants and when not used in accordance with the chemical control programs, use may not be properly documented and appropriate storage and usage of the these chemicals cannot be verified.

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