Pesticides: Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me!

Module Summary

We have all used pesticides in and around our homes at least once.  They are used to kill or decrease pest populations.  Even though they target pests, we must be careful when using them since they can affect our health and the environment.  Promotores will come to a greater understanding of the diverse types of pesticides, associated health risks, and pest management alternatives.  

Learning Objectives 

  • Understand the definition of a pesticide.
  • Learn about the different types of pesticides.
  • Acquire information about the risks associated with the use of pesticides.
  • Familiarity with pesticide safe handling.
  • Interpret pesticide labels and images.
  • Define integrated pest management and other pesticide alternatives.

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(Suggested citation: Baker, P. & Moreno Ramirez, D. (2013). Promotor Transferable Training Module on Pesticides. Retrieved from: