Although your chances of experiencing any health effects from spraying are quite low, the following common sense
steps will help you reduce possible exposure to pesticides before, during or after spraying.
Steps you should take: Children and pregnant women should take care to avoid exposure when
practical. If possible, remain inside or avoid the area whenever spraying takes place and for about 30 minutes
after spraying. Close windows and doors and close the vents of window air-conditioning units to circulate indoor
air or, before spraying begins, turn them off. Windows and air-conditioning vents can be reopened about 30 minutes
after spraying. If you come in direct contact with pesticide spray, protect your eyes. If you get pesticide spray
in your eyes, immediately rinse them with water. Wash exposed skin. Wash clothes that come in direct contact with
spray separately from other laundry. Consult your health care provider if you think you are experiencing health
effects from spraying.
Steps you may want to take: The materials used by Vector Control do not leave significant
residues on surfaces, but exposure can be reduced even further. Pick homegrown fruits and vegetables you expect to
eat soon before spraying takes place. Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables (in fact all produce) thoroughly with
water before cooking or eating. Bring laundry and small toys inside before spraying begins. (Wash with detergent
and water if exposed to pesticides during spraying.) Bring pet food and water dishes inside, and cover ornamental
fishponds during the spray period to avoid direct exposure.