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Pesticide Action Network o Blaine County(PAN BC), a citizens’ coalition, ormed tochange the way weed and pest control prac-tices are conducted in public spaces where kidsand amilies recreate, such as in city parks, atschools and on bicycle paths. PAN BC seesthe use o pesticides as a public health issue,particularly or children, who are especiallyvulnerable to the health eects o chemicalpesticides*. Our members are advocates or anIntegrated Pest Management (IPM) approachwhen it comes to weeds and pests. IPM is adecision-making and pest control process thatemploys regular monitoring to determine i andwhen a treatment is needed and advocates theuse o physical, mechanical, cultural, biological,and educational methods to keep weeds andpest numbers low enough to prevent unaccept-able damage or bother to property owners orusers.
In IPM programs, treatments are nevermade on a predetermined schedule. Instead,managers treat an area only when monitoringhas indicated that a pest will cause unaccept-able damage.
Managers choose and time thetreatment methods to be most eective andleast-hazardous to non-target organisms andthe general environment.
Public health andsafety is a top priority when making pestcontrol decisions.
Acceptable methods o control in an IPM program include mechani-cal control such as mowing and hand pullingweeds, bio-control through the use o insectsor microbes, targeted grazing to control weeds,cultural practices such as mulching areas toprevent weed seeds rom germinating and theuse o least toxic pesticides. The guiding prin-ciple behind an IPM program is to evaluateeach situation individually, always prioritizingthe use o the least harmul method over toxicchemicals. Chemicals are only used whenother alternatives are not easible and in thoseinstances the least-toxic chemical is chosen.This guide provides current inormationor parks sta, homeowners, land managers,property management companies and lawnand tree care companies to use in implement-ing an IPM approach when controlling weedsand pests without the use o toxic chemicals.
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Used together, chemical herbicidesand synthetic ertilizers harm soilhealth which results in lawns, fowers, shrubs and trees that haveweak root systems and an increasedvulnerability to pests.
*The term pesticides is a general term that includes pesticides, herbicides ungicides, rodenticides, etc.