How do I handle this poison pest killer
August 12, 2011 1:39 PM Subscribe
What do these pest control directions mean?
posted by longsleeves to home & garden (5 answers total)
I'm preparing to spray a pest control product containing Bacillus Thuringiensis on my petunias to control cutworms. The lengthy instructions contain a small section titled "EVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS" containing just two sentences - "Do not apply directly to water. Do not contaminate water when disposing of equipment washwaters or rinsate." They mean potential drinking water, correct? Otherwise how do you wash up?
The stuff itself is a thick dark green liquid which is to be mixed with water 2-4 teaspoons per gallon and sprayed on the plants. It's also used for vegetables and says it may be used up to the day of harvest. (my boldface.)
The "FIRST AID" section tells you to rinse skin with plenty of water for 15-20 minutes if you get it on you and remove any clothing that comes in contact with it, and call poison control, same for the eyes. So how does that reconcile with using it on vegetables right up to the day of harvest? What if worms get to the strawberries?
There have been a couple of AskMe posts on this bacillus but they don't address this aspect.