River-Friendly Pest Control
Did you know that the pesticides that you use on your lawn and garden
can end up in our creeks and rivers where they are not only a threat to
aquatic life, but can also end up in our drinking water? Half of the
pesticides in our water are the result of urban pesticide use
(agricultural use makes up the other half).
River-Friendly Landscaping (RFL) encourages the implementation of
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices in the landscape.
What is IPM?
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an approach to managing pests
- a healthy landscape environment thereby reducing pest
- the use of pesticides only when clearly necessary, using the
least toxic chemicals
IPM benefits include
- more effective, longer lasting pest control
- reduced risks to humans, pets, and wildlife
- improved water quality
First, reduce the likelihood of pest problems by creating a
healthy environment for your plants and beneficial insects. Remember,
healthy plants have fewer pests. Create a healthy landscape by
incorporating RFL principles. For example:
- Select plants appropriate for the location. Give them enough
room to grow to their full size without crowding. See Right Plant, Right Place!
- Promote healthy soil. See Nurture
- Encourage "good" bugs by providing plant variety and including
flowering plants in your landscape. Not all insects are pests. Some
insects are beneficial to the landscape because they keep pests in
check. See Good Bugs.
Second, use pesticides only when clearly necessary and then
use the least toxic method available. Rethink what constitutes a pest
problem. Even healthy landscapes will have a few chewed leaves or
several "bad" insects. Pesticide use is only appropriate when pest
populations get out-of-balance. For specific information on managing
pests and minimizing pesticide use, visit these sites: