Get rid of pests without poisons
Getting rid of pesky ants, hungry snails
or threatening spiders without poisoning family members or pets is a
concern for many people. So is the threat to water quality that toxic
sprays or pellets pose. A new program in Humboldt County offers an answer.
Through a partnership called “Our Water — Our World,” 14 Humboldt County
businesses now sell less toxic pesticide products. Visitors to
participating stores will find the “Our Water — Our World” logo beside a
variety of less toxic products as well as free fact sheets on specific
The Humboldt County Division of Environmental Health and the cities of
Arcata, Eureka, Ferndale and Fortuna are sponsoring the program. It is
aimed at informing consumers about alternatives to common household
pesticides, such as carbaryl (Sevin) and malathion, that threaten water
quality in creeks.
Rainwater and overirrigation of gardens and lawns can send these
pesticides and herbicides into streets and storm drains, especially when
the substances are overused. In Humboldt County, storm drains flow
directly into local creeks and the ocean without being treated.
The “Our Water — Our World” partnership is part of a larger campaign
involving garden supply stores and local government agencies throughout
California. It is funded primarily through the Coastal Nonpoint Source
Control Grant Program.
A new Web site,
www.ourwaterourworld.org, provides an interactive feature called “Ask
the Expert” and information on topics such as bug identification, disposal
of pesticides, and a listing of less toxic pesticide alternatives.
Leftover toxics, including pesticides, herbicides, paint, cleaning
products, automotive fluids, household batteries and fluorescent light
tubes, can be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
at 1059 W. Hawthorne St. in Eureka, California. These hazardous wastes are
accepted every Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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