Gardening & Landscaping

Links to More Information (WATERWISE pesticide alternatives from Sacramento Stormwater Coalition) (Center for Disease Control - Parasite information) (National Pesticide Information Center - fact sheets and reference documents) (EPA - pesticide information, regulation, and links) (EPA - Safe pesticide disposal, including Español) (guidelines on storage life for pesticides) (UC IPM pest identification for agricultural pests) (Environmental checklist for Landscape professionals from the Georgia Cooperative Extension) (UC Farm Advisors for Placer County

Use alternatives to chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Natural and least-toxic methods to control weeds, insect pests and fungi are safer for the environment. Visit the University of California’s IPM (Integrated Pest Management) site for identification tools, handbooks and an online identification tool.

If chemical pesticides and fertilizers must be used, use and apply with great care. Even organic pesticides and fertilizers can be dangerous to the environment when improperly handled or in high concentrations.

Usage Guidelines for Pesticides

  1. Follow label directions carefully.
  2. Apply the minimum amount.
  3. Don’t buy more than you need.
  4. Wear protective, non-absorbent clothing and eye-wear!
  5. Never apply on windy or rainy days. Why?
  6. Write the purchase date on the label. Why?
  7. Store safely following these guidelines.

Disposal Guidelines

Many pesticides and fertilizers cannot be removed by the Wastewater Treatment Plant so they make their way into our waterways. The city is fined for every detected violation and more importantly, the animals and plants suffer! Follow these disposal guidelines to reduce problems at the treatment plant:

  1. Mixing containers are also hazardous waste. Triple rinsed containers may be discarded in regular trash. Otherwise, take them to WPWMA.
  2. Do not pour unused pesticides or fertilizers down a drain in your house, into the toilet, down the storm drain, into the gutter or onto soil and gravel. Pour unused chemicals into a sealable container (like a milk jug or unbreakable jar with a tight sealing lid), label the container with the pesticide or fertilizer name and date and take it to WPWMA for proper disposal.
  3. Control, contain and clean-up any spilled chemicals with kitty litter. Collect the material into a bag, seal and dispose of at WPWMA.

Of Special Concern - Diazinon

Old pesticides might contain banned substances like organochlorine pesticides which have been detected at the Auburn Wastewater Treatment Plant. Did you know that pesticides can degrade over time and lose effectiveness? Then you apply too much and contribute to pesticide pollution. Take old pesticides to WPWMA using the proper guidelines.