Pesticides and Wyoming Homeowners

Wyoming Agriculture

How You Can Protect Groundwater

Photos: Amy Jerup Teton County Weed & Pest

  • Select a pest management strategy carefully; consider environmental impact.
  • Be especially careful around wellheads and water sources.
  • Understand site vulnerability: soil type, geology, climate.
  • Understand pesticide vulnerability: select pesticides carefully.
  • Be prepared for spills and leaks with clean-up equipment and personal protective equipment while transporting, at the storage area, while mixing and loading, and while applying.
  • Follow label directions and precautions.
  • Calculate and measure accurately. Calibrate accurately and often. Check equipment operation and spray patterns at least daily.
  • Monitor weather, watering, or irrigation schedules carefully.
  • Store pesticides safely, away from water sources.
  • Do not use pesticides if conditions exist for potential groundwater contamination.
  • Triple rinse pesticide containers. Dispose of containers and unused pesticides according to the label.

Helpful hints:

For safe disposal of containers and/or contaminated materials, place the container and materials in a plastic garbage sack and contact your local Weed & Pest office for proper disposal methods.