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Pesticide News Story: EPA Funded Project Results in Significant Reduction in Pesticide Use in Wildlife Park

For Release: March 2, 2007

A new brochure describing the results of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) mosquito control program used at Parrot Jungle Island in Miami, Florida, is available online at The Tropical of Designs of Floridia Web site. Exit EPA disclaimer The Parrot Jungle Island project received a Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) grant in 2005 that allowed for sampling and identification of mosquito species in the park and testing of biochemicals for mosquito control.

Parrot Jungle Island (PJI) is a zoological theme park known for its exhibits and shows of parrots, flamingos, and other related birds and extensive collection of rare plants and high horticultural standards. Jeff Shimonski, Director of Horticulture at Parrot Jungle Island, initiated an IPM program in 1988 to replace the high levels of chemical pesticides and fertilizers used in the park’s early history. The mosquito larvae control program was the last step in completing the IPM program. That project began in 2005 and has been a great success. Jeff Shimonski's methodology included rigorous testing of water sources in the park to identify the status and species of mosquito populations and to monitor the progress of his IPM project. By September 2005, fogging of the park targeting adult mosquitoes became unnecessary due to successful efforts to control larval populations, thereby saving over $7,000 annually in pesticide application costs and greatly reducing exposure to pesticides. The success of the PJI project may serve as an example to others considering the use of integrated pest control. For additional information, contact the EPA liaison for this project, Candace Brassard (Brassard.Candace@epa.gov), by telephone at 703-305-6598.

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