Storage of Pesticides
Proper pesticide storage is important to protect people, animals, and the pesticide itself. Keep these tips in mind when storing pesticides:
The Container Matters
- Pesticides should be stored in their original containers. The original container is designed to protect the product and it's made of materials that will withstand the chemicals in the product.
- Store containers with their original labeling which includes application and disposal directions, ingredient names and emergency information.
- The original container also has the appropriate lid/cap to protect kids and pets.
- Extremes in temperature can change the chemistry of some pesticides inside the container.
- Extremes in temperature can also damage containers.
- Always read the label for storage instructions. As a general rule, pesticides are best stored between 40-90 °F.
- Try to keep your pesticide inventory as low as possible. Buy only what you need this season; mix only what you need today.
- Dispose of unwanted pesticides properly rather than storing them.
- Never store pesticides in food or drink containers.
- Consider storing bottles inside a larger container that could contain liquids in the event of a leak or spill.
If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated November 6, 2015