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FEATURE/Tips for safe use of pesticides offered by Ohio Pest Control Association.

CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE FEATURES)--May 15, 1996--Pesticides are designed to rid your house and garden of dangerous or unsightly weeds, rodents or insects.

While a potential threat in the hands of a child, pesticides can be harmless to a trained exterminator or a careful homeowner who follows certain basic safety rules.

The Ohio Pest Control Association (OPCA OPCA Organisme Paritaire Collecteur Agréé
OPCA Organismes Paritaires Collecteurs Agrées (French: Observatory on Authorised Joint Collection Bodies)
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), a professional organization of state-licensed firms dedicated to the elimination of household pests, offers the following suggestions for handling pesticides safely:

1. Be sure you really need a pesticide. Some ant and fly problems, for example, can be controlled with good sanitation. Keep your kitchen clean. Don't leave dirty dishes in the sink, especially overnight. Keep garbage in tightly-closed containers. Make sure screens fit tightly on windows.

2. If you do need a pesticide, select the right one. Any OPCA member will offer free advice, even by telephone, regarding your particular pest problem. You can also contact Ohio State University's Cooperative Extension Service Cooperative Extension Service, in the United States, publicly supported, informal adult education and development organization. Established in 1914 by the Smith-Lever Act, it constitutes one of the largest adult education programs in the world and consists of three . If you have a question about a specific pesticide or a branded product, the Chemical Referral Center at 1-800-262-8200 will help.

3. Read the pesticide label carefully before using, and never apply more than the label specifies. All pesticides are registered for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), independent agency of the U.S. government, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1970 to reduce and control air and water pollution, noise pollution, and radiation and to ensure the safe handling and  (EPA EPA eicosapentaenoic acid.

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). But their safe use depends on following directions.

4. All pesticide labels say, "Keep Out of Reach of Children." But not every householder does. The EPA reports that most pesticide poisonings involve children under the age of 5. Never transfer a pesticide to a container that would attract children, such as a soft-drink bottle. It's best to store pesticides under lock in their original containers, away from food or dishes.

5. Pesticides that require protective clothing should be applied only by trained pest control applicators. But if you spill a pesticide on your skin, wash with soap and water immediately.

6. If a spray or fog is used, vacate To annul, set aside, or render void; to surrender possession or occupancy.

The term vacate has two common usages in the law. With respect to real property, to vacate the premises means to give up possession of the property and leave the area totally devoid of contents.
 the premises for at least the time period suggested by the applicator ap·pli·ca·tor
An instrument for applying something, such as a medication.

n a device for applying medication; usually a slender rod of glass or wood, used with a pledget of cotton on the end.
. Some solvents used in pesticides leave odors which are unpleasant, but these smells are rarely toxic. Air out your home if an odor remains.

7. If someone feels sick after using a pesticide, call your local poison control center poison control center Toxicology A nonprofit facility, often affiliated with a university or hospital, that provides emergency toxicology assessments by telephone, and treatment recommendations, primarily to parents of children who swallowed a household product, , your doctor or your local hospital immediately. Keep on hand a bottle of Syrup of Ipecac Syrup of ipecac (derived from the dried rhizome and roots of the Ipecacuanha plant), is an emetic—a substance used to induce vomiting. It is used in cases of accidental poisoning, and is perhaps the best-known emetic. , which induces vomiting, but do not use Ipecac ipecac (ĭp`ĭkăk), drug obtained from the dried roots of a creeping shrub, Cephaelis (or Psychotria) ipecacuanha, native to Brazil but cultivated in other tropical climates.  unless told by your poison control center or physician.

The Ohio Pest Control Association notes that pesticides have helped remove disease-carrying elements from our gardens and homes and improved our quality of life. When used and stored properly, they benefit all of us.

Note: To interview an expert on pesticides in your area, please

call Art Merims at 216/522-1909.

CONTACT: Art Merims Communications, Cleveland

Art Merims, 216/522-1909
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