In this photo Lt. John Pike of the police force of the University of California, Davis demonstrates the proper way to apply pesticides and fungicides in your garden. The lieutenant’s top tips:
- Wear gloves! The stuff is gross. Keep it off your hands.
- Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts. You don’t want the nasty stuff on you!
- Pick a day with little or no wind. You want to control exactly where the poison goes.
- Apply from the distance recommended by the manufacturer. The product label should tell you. Too close, you waste material. Too far, you risk ineffective coverage and your treatment won’t have the desired effect.
- Wear eye protection. I know, I know. I don’t have the visor down in the photo. Silly me. Don’t do as I do, just do as I say!
The riot-gear helmet is entirely optional, but a respirator–or at least a mask–is a really good idea. Happy spraying!
And why stop there? Invite Lt. Pike over to tomorrow’s Thanksgiving pictures! Entice him into your vacation pictures with your ex! And what better way to improve those musty family pictures with the siblings you’re not sure you’re really related to?