Tag Archives: Pesticides

Disinfectants are pesticides–so use safely!

What do “pest control” and public health campaigns against SARS Cov-2 have in common?  Both activities use pesticides.  In the eyes of the law, sanitizer and disinfectant products are considered pesticides.  And if you’re a little wary of using pesticides, you should exercise the same caution when choosing and using a disinfectant. Let’s start with some basics. The term ‘pesticide’ refers to any substance or mixture of substances used to prevent, destroy, repel or mitigate a pest.  All pesticides are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),… Read More →

National Pollinator Week coming soon

National Pollinator Week this year is June 16-22.  Here’s to hoping 2014 will be looking up for honey bees and other native pollinators.  Last year during National Pollinator Week a pesticide misapplication led to a highly publicized bee kill in Wilsonville, OR.  But this year we’ll start with some good news.  Honey bee colony winter survival was up slightly this year, though still below expected survival levels prior to the advent of colony collapse disorder (CCD). In celebration of the week, I thought I would share with you some… Read More →

The U.S. EPA celebrates the 40 year mark

I was in high school when the Environmental Protection Agency opened its doors 40 years ago today.  That might not seem like something a high school student would be interested in, but as a budding environmentalist, passionate outdoor enthusiast and Earth Day organizer, I was very interested. At the time of the late 60’s protection of the environment was not a high priority for our government.  Concerns about waste disposal, clean air and water, pesticides and wildlife were growing and regularly reported in newspapers and magazines.  Thanks in… Read More →