Safe pesticide storage tips
Check your storage area to ensure you are taking advantage of these practices for best results
Editor’s note: This article is from the archives of the MSU Crop Advisory Team Alerts. Check the label of any pesticide referenced to ensure your use is included.
Here is a checklist for evaluating your pesticide storage area this spring:
- Whether your pesticide storage area is an entire building, a room, a closet or a cabinet devoted to pesticide storage, keep it locked to prevent unauthorized entry, vandalism or theft.
- Post warning signs on doors and windows to let people know that pesticides are stored inside.
- “No Smoking” signs should also be posted, since many pesticides are flammable.
- Regularly check containers for leaks. Transfer the contents of leaking containers to a sound container with the exact same formulation and label. Follow label recommendations for disposal of damaged containers.
- Store pesticides in their original containers with the labels intact.
- Put the heaviest containers and liquids on the lowest (preferably metal) shelves. Be sure that shelves are sturdy enough to handle the load.
- To avoid cross-contamination, store each type of pesticide (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides) in a separate location or on a separate shelf within the storage unit.
- Store pesticides away from food, pet food, feed, seed, fertilizers, veterinary supplies and flammable materials.
- Outdated or unusable pesticides can be taken to a community “clean sweep” day for free, safe disposal. Check with your local county Extension office for a list of dates and locations.