The information contained in this document about product handling, safety, and hazards
is universal. However, rules and options for disposal and recycling are specific to Lincoln and
parts of Lancaster County, Nebraska, especially the information about local contacts and the
Lincoln - Lancaster County Health Department's Household Hazardous Waste Collections.
The Lincoln - Lancaster County Health Department cannot and will not accept waste from outside the
county limits. If you live outside of Lancaster County, Nebraska, please check with local or state health
or environmental agencies for information about regulations, options, and services in your area.
Use Yard Chemicals with Care
Use a Common-Sense Approach
Just because a yard chemical is offered for sale does not mean it is safe. Pesticides have the
potential to cause health problems for people. If you choose to use chemicals, do so in a way that
minimizes health risks.
Before Purchasing Yard Chemicals
- Consider hiring a professional pesticide applicator who
is trained in the proper application of yard chemicals.
- Try using alternative methods of pest management such
as integrated pest management (IPM). (In Nebraska, contact
your county extension agent for a list of options.)
- Buy the right product for the job.
- Choose the least toxic chemical.
- Buy the smallest amount necessary to do the job.
Before Using Yard Chemicals
- Read and follow the directions on the label. The label will
tell you when, where, and how to apply the chemical.
Remember, the label is the law!
- Plan to spray pesticides in the early morning or evening
when winds are generally calmer.
- Apply pesticides when winds are calm to avoid drift.
While Using Yard Chemicals
- Apply them carefully to turf or plant areas only.
- Use low-pressure, large droplet sprayers and keep the
spray nozzle close to the ground.
- Use spot application techniques.
- Remove toys and wading pools, cover sandboxes, and take
- Protect yourselfwear eye protection, long pants, a
long-sleeved shirt, rubber gloves, and rubber boots.
After Using Yard Chemicals
- Be a good neighborpost your yard with "caution" flags.
- If flags are not available at local hardware stores or garden
centers, alert neighbors of your pesticide use in person or
through the use of signs.
- Keep children and pets off the lawn for 24 hours.
- Bathe thoroughly.
- Thoroughly and separately wash the clothes you wore
when spraying. Use hot, soapy water.
When Storing or Disposing of Unused Yard Chemicals
- Use up pesticides for their intended purpose, if possible.
- Store unused pesticides in a locked cabinet out of the reach
- Do not pour pesticides or other chemicals down the drain,
on the ground, in a ditch, or down a storm drain.
- Triple rinse empty pesticide containers prior to disposal.
Use rinseate during normal application.
- If you cannot use the pesticide for its labeled purpose sell
or give it to someone who can.
- If you cannot use the pesticide and if you cannot sell or give
it away, take the unused portion in its original container to
a Household Hazardous Waste Collection.
For More Information
- Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County
- (8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., M-F) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 441-7180
- Lancaster County residents only: Information on pesticide use, IPM, other
control options, and triple rinsing containers.
- Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department
- (8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., M-F) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 441-8040
- Lancaster County residents only: Information on the health effects of
pesticides, pesticide disposal, and household hazardous waste collection schedules.
- Nebraska Department of Agriculture
- (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., M-F) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 471-2394
- Nebraska residents only: Information on certification for private and commercial
- Poison Control Center
- (24 hours) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (800) 955-9119
- National Pesticide Telecommunications Network
- (8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., M-F) . . . . . . . . . . . . (800) 858-7378
- Information on banned pesticides
Remember, no pesticide is totally safe.
It is best to be