How hazardous is lime-sulfur spray?

sharppa(6)May 9, 2013

The bottle I got via Amazon has this warning:

"Fatal if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin"

Wow, fatal if absorbed through skin? Like soaking in a bathtub full or just if you spray without a haz-mat suit on?

I usually wear long sleeves, pants, respirator, goggles, baseball cap and rubber gloves for spraying.

What do people wear for lime-sulfur sprays? (Or other sprays in general)

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I wear the same outfit, and so far so good. I've been using various sprays for over thirty years in my gardens. Most sprays have the same warning. It is not to be taken lightly. Just remember to put your clothes in the washing maching right after spraying. H-man should have some great guide lines!

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 12:19PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

The sprays which are the biggest concern are the bug killers like Imidan etc, those you need to be extremely careful with. One more reason why I never use them :-)

Once lime-sulphur is diluted in your tank its not going to cause any major problem. Lime-sulphur is a standard treatment for pet skin issues, you put the whole pet into it. While I'm not recommending you give yourself a similar treatment it indicates that there is not a serious toxicity issue of dilute solutions. As far as body exposure of the concentrate is concerned its similar to any strong acid or base, it can give burns if not washed off quickly. I have gotten it on my skin several times and did not get any kind of burn; I always wiped it off immediately and washed the area within a few minutes.


    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 12:55PM
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drew51 SE MI Z5b/6a

Sulfer was used to treat many things in the past, and still has it's uses. If you swallow enough water you will die. Last time I heard of that happening was the radio station contest, whom could drink the most water, the winner died.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 2:41PM
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