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04 Jan 2008 12:22 #736 by LAStormwater Program
LAStormwater Program created the topic: Safety Use/Disposal of Pesticides/Fertilizers
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Please visit http://[url]www.lastormwater.org [/url] for more information and tips.

Did you know? In Los Angeles County, approximately 100 million gallons of contaminated water and debris drain through the storm drain system each dry day. One hundred million gallons would fill the Rose Bowl 1.2 times. On rainy days, this daily flow can increase to 10 billion gallons.

Evidence shows that a growing number of commonly purchased and applied pesticides can be harmful to both people and the environment. Part of the problem is the toxicity of the pesticides themselves, but an even greater factor is the sheer volume of pesticides people use, which ends up in our water, air, and soil. On a large scale, these chemicals affect marine life, our tourism industry, the economy and most directly, the people who swim in the ocean.

Who applies all these chemicals? You might think that farmers are mainly responsible for pesticide problems, but more than half of the pesticides causing water quality problems are used in urban areas - by residents, home gardeners, and pest control professionals in and around homes, schools, and businesses.

Stormwater pollution is the untreated, contaminated water that drains from the streets of Los Angeles, and through the storm drain system. The runoff is directly conveyed into the surrounding waterways which lead to the Pacific Ocean. The largest source of stormwater pollution in Los Angeles is the general public.

The most common pollutants found in the storm drain system and our beaches are:
- trash (fast-food wrappers, cigarette butts and Styrofoam cups)
- toxins (used motor oil, antifreeze, fertilizer, pesticides and pet waste)

These pollutants are picked up as water (from rain storms, hoses, or sprinklers) drains from streets, parking lots and lawns, entering the system through the 34,000 catch basins throughout the city of Los Angeles. From there, this "toxic soup" flows through a massive system of pipes and open channels – straight to the ocean untreated.

It is the responsibility of every gardener to follow these best management practices in order to control and further prevent toxic substances from polluting our local beaches and waterbodies.

1. Use non-toxic substances to remove pest problems and weeds

- Choose the least toxic options available including baits, traps, wiping off or pruning away colonies of pests
- Buy or attract beneficial insects to your garden by planting a wide variety of native flowering plants; beneficial insects like spiders are more sensitive to broad-spectrum pesticides so let them live naturally.
- Weeds prefer bare soil and lots of light to thrive, so keep your soil in between plants covered with mulch or grass clippings to prevent light to unwanted plants. [/ul]

2. Safe use of pesticides and fertilizers (if you must use them)

- Always follow the directions on the product and use only the amount specified.
- Using more does not make the product more effective; the excess gets carried into the storm drains by sprinklers, hoses and rain.
- Spot apply areas when necessary instead of blanketing entire lawn.
- Never apply before a predicted storm event; be extra cautious of applications during wet weather periods.

3. Safe disposal of pesticides and fertilizers (if you must continue use)

- Properly dispose of all leftover toxic chemicals by bringing them to a household hazardous waste collection center.
- S.A.F.E. (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables and Electronics) centers are located throughout the City and are free to Los Angeles County residents.
- Call (888) CLEAN-LA for center locations and operating hours.

*Sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Stormwater Program* [url]www.lastormwater.org [/url]
(888)CLEAN-LA

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02 Jun 2018 01:47 #2482 by SteveJohnson
SteveJohnson replied the topic: Safety Use/Disposal of Pesticides/Fertilizers
This is a great initiative that is letting people know about the ways that people should take to safely dispose the fertilizers, pesticides. A pest problem is the worst one could handle. There are many signs that will let you know that you have a pest infestation in your house like ant hills, wood damage, mice/rat droppings and many more. If one does not want to deal with the poisonous chemicals on their own, they can take help of some professional like Pest Control CT , CA, NY. Professionals will provide you with the solution that will last long, so that the priest would not return back again.

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