Pet safety

Asked June 1, 2019, 11:43 AM EDT

With a large yard and 3 dogs how safe are these products? Are there any safety precautions in addition to regular procedures? Also I keep reading about the use of a mixture of vinegar, salt and dish there any effectiveness in this combination?

Bexar County Texas

1 Response

Thank you for your inquiry in your brief email. I am assuming you are referring to plant protection products (ie, fungicides, insecticides, etc).
With any of such products (EPA registered) - the label should contain safety information (some keywords that you might have seen include WARNING or POISON).
More detailed information can be found (often) on manufacturer's website as well as the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the active ingredients.
Mixture of vinegar, salts and dish soap are homemade approach to some of these pesticides. Please be aware that in certain quantities this can be detrimental to plant health and may also be an irritant to some individuals. Often these household product in low concentrations does not impact health of human or animals SO treat these as any other chemicals - learn and know what their properties are. (eg. vinegar = acetic acid, salt = many kinds, which ones?, dish soap = many kinds, usually some kind of surfactant or fatty acids)