MDA Reminds Minnesotans to Use Pesticides and Fertilizers with Care


The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is reminding Minnesotans who are thinking about their lawns, trees, and gardens to use pesticides and fertilizers with care this season.

According to a release from the MDA, pesticide and fertilizer labels specify how to use products safely and effectively. In Minnesota, the label is the law. It is unlawful to apply products without following label instructions.

For Do-It-Yourselfers:

Do not apply products in windy or adverse weather conditions. Be sure to sweep sidewalks and hard surfaces of any dry or granular product and reapply to the intended site, as pesticides left on watertight surfaces easily wash into the water supply. Buy only what you need for your area. Unused products can lose effectiveness over time, and can be difficult to dispose of safely.

The MDA urges doing the proper legwork before hiring a professional lawn care provider.

State law requires professional pesticide applicators to be licensed by the MDA, in order to commercially apply pesticides and fertilizers, including weed and feed product. Ask to see a license before they start work. Professionals must carry their pesticide applicator license with them. Applicators are required to provide an application record with their contract.

For information visit the MDA website or call 651-201-6333.

Consumers can contact the Better Business Bureau at 800-646-6222 or online and to check customer satisfaction histories for lawn care companies.

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