Agriculture: Almond Pest Management Guidelines

Pesticide Application Checklist

When planning for possible pesticide applications in an IPM program, consult the Pest Management Guidelines, and review and complete this checklist to consider practices that minimize environmental and efficacy problems.

Choose a pesticide from the Pest Management Guidelines for the target pest, considering:

Before an application

  • Ensure that spray equipment is properly calibrated to deliver the desired pesticide amount for optimal coverage.
  • Use appropriate spray nozzles and pressure to minimize off-site movement of pesticides.
  • Avoid spraying during these conditions to avoid off-site movement of pesticides.
    • Wind speed under 3 mph or over 10 mph
    • Temperature inversions
    • Just prior to rain or irrigation (unless it is an appropriate amount, such as when incorporating a soil-applied pesticide)
    • At tractor speeds over 2 mph
  • Identify and take special care to protect sensitive areas (for example, waterways or riparian areas) surrounding your application site.
  • Review and follow labeling for pesticide handling, personal protection equipment (PPE) requirements, storage, and disposal guidelines.
  • Check and follow restricted entry intervals (REI) and preharvest intervals (PHI).

After an application:

  • Record application date, product used, rate, and location of application.
  • Follow up to confirm that treatment was effective.

Consider water management practices that reduce pesticide movement off-site.

Consider practices that reduce air quality problems.

  • When possible, reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions by decreasing the amount of pesticide applied, choosing low-emission management methods, and avoiding fumigants and emulsifiable concentrate (EC) formulations.

For more about mitigating the effects of pesticides, see the Mitigation page.

Text Updated: 08/17