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Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by grassyfras, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,473

    What if you fertilized a lawn and the owners call you and tell your that their dog or cat died and they think its because of you? Does this happen. I dont do pesticdes but would like to next year get my license. I'm worried about this. I see Scotts and Tru-Green Fert all the time at peoples homes who have pets. Whats the deal with this issue? Is this something to be concerned about?
  2. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,016

    We apply pesticides but only to about a dozen or so lawns. We mainly do lawn maintenance but we have yet to have a problem with dogs or cats.
  3. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,442

    do a search on this site.. few yrs. ago i happened to me..
  4. ArizPestWeed

    ArizPestWeed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,457

    It happens to , well , maybe 3 times in the past 3 years .
    I do only pest & weed control.
    Almost always , if something dies or gets sick , they blame me .
    It never is me .
    One client's next door beighbor had some birds die in their back yard , and the neighbor was sure it was my pest or herbicide .
    Well , my client was one of the mangers of a Home Depot , they sell the same stuff I used , still , I had to stop , the finger is almost always pointed at me.
    There is a place in Phoenix that can test for this kinda stuff , never had to use it.
    When you start to get licensed , you'll realize how things work , the label ststes , keep animals of until it drys , they it's safe , the manufactures have figured you right , you should have no problem as long as you can follow the lable and have common sense
    Good luck
  5. somo1

    somo1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 152

    Homeowners are usually concerned when liquids are applied. I use a granular fert. and liquid herbicide. I always tell them if they are concerned that the liquid is fine as long as they keep their pets off until dry. And that it is also 98% water. 1.5 oz./gallon mix. That usually eases their mind. Plus Scotts has been in the fert. business for almost 100 yrs. they know what they are doing.
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    People have several pets...they have hes dogs that are basically muts, and they don't care that much about them. Then, as soon as something happens to them, their mongrel dog is suddenly worth 10,000 bucks.
  7. Tscape

    Tscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,373

    Fear can be crippling. Positive visualization is important.

    You sound like you think you are going to kill dogs and cats.
  8. Tscape

    Tscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,373

    OK. Let me try to be more helpful. You are not going to kill pets because you are a licensed applicator who knows how to read and follow the label of chemicals that have been scrutinized and certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. And you have to take a test every couple of years to prove that you can read that label. Hell you ain't no dummy lak yer cuzzin Earl who dranks too much and beats awn his waf.
  9. MWHC

    MWHC LawnSite Member
    from Wyoming
    Posts: 202

    Read the label, you will be fine.
  10. MWHC

    MWHC LawnSite Member
    from Wyoming
    Posts: 202

    Read the label, you will be fine. IF the pet is outside, owner is not home, don't treat the yard. It's that simple. If they are home, have them put the pet in and wait until the lawn dries. If you are spot spraying, I don't know if you could kill the pet if you wanted to. Those buggers are fast enough to dodge the backpack sprayer when I hurl it at them.

    We have had one lady in 10 years complain that her dog was shaking; blaming the chemicals. At that time I spot sprayed everything and she had 1 weed per 7k (we didn't use herbicides on her lawn). I inquired about the dogs age. 15 years old. Hmmmm, possibly old age?

    Just use common sense. Someone has to; because some customers cant.

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