Mitigating Environmental Effects of Pesticides in Urban Areas
Pesticides and Water Quality
Pesticides are toxic chemicals that kill pests, but they also have the potential to harm the environment, especially our waterways. Poor pesticide application practices can result in runoff from the surfaces that are sprayed.
You can reduce pesticide runoff by
UC IPM publications and online tools can help you learn how to prevent and mitigate pesticide runoff in urban environments.
See also the Urban Pesticides and Water Quality pages.
Comparisons of pesticide risks
Many of UC IPM's Pest Note publications compare the risks of various active ingredients to water quality, bees, people, and the natural enemies of pests. Click the Active ingredients: Compare risks button when it appears on a Pest Note page.
More information about specific active ingredients is also available.
UC IPM Green Bulletin
The Green Bulletin newsletter describes specific practices and information that pest management professionals can incorporate into their daily work to manage pests effectively, while reducing pesticide runoff and other environmental problems.
Online training courses
These free courses were developed for professional pesticide applicators, but they can help anyone learn about reducing pesticide use, pesticide effects on water quality, and best practices to keep the pesticide where it should be. Those who complete each course or course module will receive Continuing Education units from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.
Pesticide use and active ingredient information
These very short publications and videos describe uses of certain pesticide active ingredients, the risks associated with them, and how to reduce the risks.