Consumer Watch: Skipping a simple step could make pesticide use dangerous

Poisoning prevention experts say consumers can skip a simple, but important step when using pesticides (KOKH).

It's the tail end of summer, but bugs are still doing their best to annoy us-- spiders and swarms of mosquitos outside and even inside the home. At this point, we're all sick of it, but the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug information says people need to consider safer pesticide practices.

Controlling pests in and around your home can be as easy as using a 15-dollar bottle of pesticide, all the way to hiring a professional. Either way you go about it, the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information say people can sometimes skip an important step, that could put a family in danger.

“It is important to remember to read the instructions before you actually apply a pesticide. That is going to be the biggest way to keep yourself, your family, and your pets safe,” says Scott Schaeffer, managing director

It's also important to stay away from any area that's been sprayed. If you are treating a large area, consider leaving the home for some time.

“If you use a fogger keep people out until everything is dry, and that rule pretty much stands for pesticides you might apply to the lawn or around the house,” says Schaeffer.

The EPA reports that 75-percent of US households have used a pesticide in the home within the last year. Pesticide chemicals can affect air quality. Once the chemicals are dry though, they won't get on the skin and into the blood stream.

The Center for Poison and Drug Information says it has also been getting a higher number of reports of scorpion stings. If you have been bitten or stung by something you can contact (800) 222-1222 24 hours a day to see how you should treat the injury.

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