pesticide storage tips
The photo shows a locked shed door. Careful storage of pesticides helps keep people and the environment from harm.
Read pesticide labels & follow the instructions
- Check pesticide product labels for the STORAGE AND DISPOSAL section.
- Follow the instructions closely.
STORE PESTICIDES IN THEIR ORIGINAL CONTAINER
Store pesticides in their original containers
- The original container has the correct lid/cap to protect children and pets.
- The original container is designed to protect the product.
- Pesticide containers withstand the chemicals in the product.
Store pesticide containers with their original labeling because it includes essential information such as:
- Detailed information on how to use the product correctly and legally.
- Information on potential hazards of the product.
- Instructions you should follow for poisonings and spills.
STORE PESTICIDES IN A DESIGNATED PLACE
- Designate a place that is only used for pesticide storage.
- Keep stored pesticides out of the reach of children and pets. Ideally, store pesticides in a locked container.
- Choose an area that has good ventilation.
- Keep stored pesticides away from stored food and animal feed.
- Keep stored pesticides away from open flames.
- Store pesticides away from ponds, streams, and drinking water wells.
- Consider storing pesticide containers inside a larger container (secondary containment) which can contain liquids in the event of a leak or spill.
AVOID TEMPERATURE EXTREMES
- Temperature extremes can alter the chemistry of some pesticides.
- Temperature extremes may also damage pesticide containers.
- Read the pesticide label for storage information. Follow the instructions.
- As a general rule, pesticides are best stored between 40–90 °F.
USE CAUTION WITH PESTICIDE CONTAINERS
- Keep your pesticide inventory as low as possible. Buy only what you need for the current season. Mix only what you need each day.
- Never store pesticides in food or drink containers.
- Dispose of unwanted pesticides. Don’t store unused pesticides for extended periods of time. See How to Transport and Dispose of Pesticides.