Insecticides

Improper disposal of unwanted pesticides can be a threat to human and animal health, and harm the natural environment.

The only insecticides residents should use indoors are ready–to–use sprays, dusts, or baits specifically marketed for in-home use.

Ready–to–use products are applied as they come from the container or packaging with no further mixing, dilution or modification. There are no insecticide concentrates a homeowner should use indoors by mixing with water in a sprayer. Do not use lawn and garden liquid concentrate insecticides indoors.

When choosing insecticides for use indoors, carefully read the product label. Look for instructions on how to apply indoors. Check to see that your pest is listed. Read and follow pesticide label directions carefully. Store pesticides only in the original container and out of reach of children and pets.

Do not use insecticides in any way that might contaminate food or food handling surfaces.

A lawn and garden insecticide or soapy water spray (5 tablespoons of liquid detergent per gallon of water) can be used outside on masses of bugs perched on and along the foundation in the fall. Repeated applications are usually necessary especially when using a soapy water spray.

For Safe Disposal:

Household Hazardous Waste Site

Last Update:  1/23/12