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Pests come in a variety of forms: weeds, insects, animals, molds, and fungi to name a few. Pesticides provide relief from many pests, but they are not the only solution to every problem. The need to control outdoor pests varies. Having some weeds in your garden, or some grubs in your lawn, may be more tolerable; however, certain pests present serious threats in some years. Some pests can damage human and animal health, such as mosquitoes that carry diseases.

The most effective strategy for controlling pests may be to combine methods in an approach known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) that emphasizes preventing pest damage. In IPM, information about pests and available pest control methods is used to manage pest damage with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

Tip: Check with your state or county Cooperative Extension Service Exit EPA disclaimer to determine what grass varieties and pest management methods are suitable for your climate and growing conditions. Grass varieties and pests vary widely across the U.S. Lawncare professionals may also be able to provide you with information.

Environmentally Friendly Practices

Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) Treated Wood

CCA, also known as Wolmanized wood, is used to prevent wood decay in itemes such as decks, fences and playground equipment.

Using Pesticides Safely

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Additional Tips on Reducing Runoff

The following links provide information that can help you conserve water and reduce runoff from your property that might contain pesticides or fertilizer if you use these products:

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