All pesticide products sold in Australia must be approved by the National Registration Authority and part of the approval process is for each product to have attached to the product “Label Directions” that details the pests that the product is registered to treat, instructions regarding mixing of the product and also application requirements.
Those products used by the Australian pest control industry are registered to treat a number of pests. As such, a typical spray concentrate would be registered to be used on spiders, cockroaches, silverfish, ants, fleas and sometimes additional pests such as bedbugs.
Other products have more specific registration, such as for use in treating termites, however, frequently these can also be used to treat cockroaches or ants as well. The label directions will occasionally specify areas or materials that are not to be treated. For example, some products used to treat bedbugs cannot be used on bedding or soft furnishings. When it comes to termiticides (products that specifically target termites) the label directions carry more weight than Australian Standards regarding the way that they are applied and mixed. The label directions always take precedence in this regard over any other regulations.
The purpose of label directions is to ensure that pesticides are not applied in the wrong manner. For example, if the concentration of the product was too great in a spray mix it may cause irritancy or other health problems were people come into contact or close proximity. Nevertheless, in Australia today most registered pest control products are of relatively low toxicity them were commonly in use just a few decades ago. Similarly, if a product is applied at a rate less than specified on the label the outcome may not be satisfactory in terms of elimination pest problems.
If you have any queries about pesticide products please call All Care Pest and Termite Control on 0412 142 340 or 4574 0269.