Summer is the time of the year to treat our lawns with weed killers and pesticides, but Weed and Pest Control experts are becoming more concerned about our exposure to these chemicals and what it could mean for our health.
The first step to insuring children and pets stay safe while playing on the lawn is choosing the appropriate chemical
Brian Connely, Natrona County Weed and Pest says, "that means, using something that is labeled for in-house use, lawn use, around the house et ceterra. So the most important thing we can do is look at that label."
The EPA has four key words on every chemical product to determine the toxicity level.
Mark Robinson of Home Depot Lawn & Garden says, "and those four warning words are caution, warning, danger, and danger poison. And those are in order of relative toxicity to the user."
Lawn care experts say bugs come out during the summer months and the need for insecticides increase. So it's important to understand how the chemical should be used.
Robinson says, "but right now, you have more insects, you know, the increased watering that you're doing, you know, brings the bugs in."
It's also important to make sure your lawn isn't flooded with chemicals.
There are certain spots on a lawn that shouldn't be treated with heavy chemicals... Especially if you have children playing on the property.
"Really your grasses don't need a lot of pesticides in them because that's where your kids are going to be playing, that's where your animals are going to be at, so you don't want to fertilize too heavy in your lawn care."
Wearing protective gear is key too. "The best thing to do is put a mask around your mouth, wear long rubber gloves," says Robsinson. "Cause if you don't wear those, if that gets on your skin, i mean it can burn your skin."
Although most chemical products have expiration dates on them lawn care experts say they don't become more hazardous the older they get, but you'll want to replace them as they might become ineffective.