When mixing, loading and applying pesticides, it is important to wear protective gear. Read the pesticide label to discover the minimum protective equipment recommended. Even if a label does not call for the use of gloves, it is a good idea to wear them. Gloves to be worn while working with pesticides should have the following characteristics:
- made of butyl, nitrile or neoprene rubber, natural rubber, polyethylene plastics or polyvinyl chloride.
- NOT made of cotton, leather, canvas or other absorbent materials.
Avoid wearing latex or gardening gloves while working with pesticides. Remember thicker, well-fitted gloves offer the best protection. For more information, read University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Carson City/Storey County Extension Educator JoAnne Skelly’s article “Glove Selection for Working with Pesticides.”