you must use pesticides, follow these tips to reduce pesticide effects
on your local waterways:
- Identify your pest problem and choose the
least toxic pesticide that targets your pest and achieves the results
you want. For information about pest identification and management,
to manage pests in homes, gardens, landscapes, and turf.
- Determine how much pesticide you need and buy only the amount that
you can use up.
- Use spot treatments whenever possible.
- Always wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants, eye protection, and other
equipment required on the pesticide container label.
- Dispose of unused chemicals properly
and according to label instructions.
- Avoid overwatering after applying pesticides or fertilizers.
- Never let pesticide runoff flow into storm drains.
- Do not apply pesticides outdoors when rain is forecast or when it
is windy out.
- Avoid applying pesticides on paved areas or near waterways.
- Avoid applying pesticides in or near floor drains or sinks.
- Do not apply pesticides on areas that will be washed or mopped
with water, or where food is prepared or stored.
Illustration by Chris
applying pesticides to paved areas and do not apply pesticides while
watering or when rain is forecast.
More UC IPM resources (Pest Notes)