Storage of 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.
- Designate a place that is only used for pesticide storage.
- Pick a well-ventilated location that children and pets cannot access, preferably with a latch or lock.
- Keep pesticides away from food, feed and flames.
- Choose a location away from ponds, streams and drinking water wells.
- 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 (7:30am-3:30pm PST), or email us at email@example.com.
- Safe Storage of Pesticides - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Storage and Disposal - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Shelf Life of Pesticides - Cornell University Extension
- What you need to know about Storing a Pesticide - Penn State University
- Pesticide Storage - University of Missouri Extension
- Pesticide Container and Containment Rule - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Pesticide Storage Resources - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)