Pesticides are a common types of poison that are found in many people's homes. Poisoning can happen when pesticides are not stored correctly and/or disposed of properly. Here are a few tips for keeping people and pets safe:
- Products should be kept tightly capped in a locked cabinet, out of the reach of children and pets.
- Always keep pesticides in their original container.
- Never dispose of unwanted pesticides in the trash.
The only legal way to dispose of unused pesticides in California is through a household hazardous waste site. For information on how to find a collection site near you, and for more tips on storage and disposal of pesticides, visit the UC IPM Pesticide Storage and Disposal page.