Community Education on Environment and Development

Think Twice Before Using Pesticides

Identify the problem before you spray, squash or stomp. Most Bugs are Good. Only about 5 percent of the bugs in your yard are pests. Good bugs actually help control pests.

Start with Prevention

Accept a Little Damage

Nature may control it for you, or plants may just outgrow the damage. If a Pest or Weed Problem Persists, use the Least-Toxic Solution.

Replace Problem Plants with Pest or Disease-Resistant ones

If a plant or tree has a chronic or recurring insect pest or disease problem, it's time to remove it and replace it with a more tolerant variety or another type of plant.

Avoid using 'Weed & Feed' Products and Other Pesticides

'Weed & Feed'-type products have been identified as a number one priority for education, many people are not aware that they are a pesticide. Their sales peak each spring and they are often used as a fertilizer rather than as a pesticide.

According to the United States Geological Surve,y (USGS), 16 pesticides have been detected in urban streams in the Northwest US at levels that exceed standards set to protect aquatic life. The chemical 2,4D is one of these pesticides and it is a component of 'Weed & Feed' products.

Overuse of these products also can damage soil and plant health. Studies have found increased health risks among families that use lawn and garden pesticides, especially among pets and children.

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