Pest Problem? Stop. Think. Protect.
Marin residents understand that using toxic chemicals in our homes and yards is a quick fix but not the best long-term solution. By using preventive methods and alternative techniques, we can reduce or eliminate pesticide use in the home and work environment in Marin.
Why Stop. Think. Protect.?
Before reaching for the weed killer, bug spray or rat poison, DON’T! Instead, Stop. Think. Protect. Ready-to-use pesticide products have one thing in common – they’re poisons, intended to kill a particular kind of creature, be it plant or animal. In the process, they can hurt more than the target pest – sometimes, much more! When you have any type of pest problem:
- Stop – before taking any action.
- Think – understand the problem you are trying to solve.
- Protect – find solutions, starting with the least toxic method.
What is a pest?
Any living organism that causes damage or economic loss or transmits or produces disease may be the target pest. Pests can be animals (like insects or mice), unwanted plants (weeds), or microorganisms (like plant diseases, bacteria and viruses).
They vary season to season, and home to home; what might be a pest in one environment may be of little concern in another.
What is a pesticide?
People often think pesticide means insecticide. Pesticide refers to not only insecticides but also, many other kinds of chemicals. Under state and federal law, a pesticide is any substance intended to control, destroy, repel, or attract a pest. The word “pesticide” is a general term that includes many types of products directed at specific pests; some common ones are insecticides, herbicides, rodenticides, fungicides, repellents and disinfectants (like bleach and vinegar).
Want to know more?
- See how you can help protect butterflies
- Find plants that attract pollinators
- The impact of pesticides on pollinators
- Learn about Integrated Pest Management (IPM)