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OVERKILL: Manage Pests and Protect Water Quality
Pesticides are one of the most dangerous pollutants found in our creeks, rivers, bays and ocean. When pesticides are sprayed on the sidewalks or in gardens, water from rain, hoses or sprinklers can carry these poisons to the storm drain where they flow, untreated, to our waterways. This can contaminate the water and threaten wildlife and marine life.
Choose the least toxic method of treatment
Pesticides should only be used when other less-toxic methods have failed. Also, use the smallest amount of pesticide needed for the job. For a list of pests and nonpesticide alternatives visit the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program at www.ipm.ucdavis.edu.
The best way to manage pests is to avoid them in the first place. To avoid outbreaks consider:
For fewer pests in your garden consider:
Do Your Part! Remember, the Ocean Begins At Your Front Door.
For more information about what you can do to prevent urban runoff pollution or to report a water pollution problem, contact the Orange County Stormwater Program at 714-567-6363 or visit www.ocwatersheds.com.