Integrated Pest Management is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies upon a combination of common-sense practices to disrupt the life cycles of pests with the end goal of protecting our streams and rivers from pesticide pollution. The following gardening and lawn care tips are based on integrated pest management practices:
- Select the least toxic option for getting rid of pests and improving the quality of your soil.
- Apply pesticides only to the spot area that needs treatment.
- Consider using bait stations or insecticidal soaps and oils.
- Follow product directions for timing of application, mowing, and watering.
- Do not use pesticides if rain is forecast within 24 hours.
- Prevent landscape irrigation from running off your yard and into the streets and the storm drain system.
- Empty containers that held ready-to-use chemicals can be thrown in the trash without rinsing.
- Drop off leftover pesticides at the local household hazardous waste for FREE at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 3195 Athens Avenue in Lincoln.
Some great resources that have more details about Integrated Pest Management can be found at the following websites: