Pesticides Do NOT Stay Put
- Pesticides drift on wind currents and are carried into homes on pet pays, shoes, gardening gloves and other clothing
- Children and pets ingest pesticides while playing on the grass.
- Pesticides and synthetic fertilizers can runoff from our yards and enter waterways that flow into Lake Saint Clair. Concetrations of pesticides in surface waters rise each spring with heavy residential use.
What are pesticides?
Pesticide is a broad umbrella term that includes:
- Herbicides (like Roundup)
Weed and feed products contain both pesticides (herbicides) and synthetic fertilizers
"Pesticides are designed to kill living organisms" ~US Environmental Protection Agency
Scientific Studies Confirm the Dangers of Pesticides
Studies show that lawn pesticides are linked to:
- Cancer in people and pets
- Parkinson's disease
- Learning delays
- Reduced IQ levels
- Birth defects
- Decline of Honey Bees
Pesticides Deplete the Soil and Poison Beneficial Organisms
Pesticides reduce biological activity and deplete the soil, slowing natural decomposition and causing thatch. Without the support of healthy soil, grass and garden plants become weak and vulnerable to pests and disease. Soils depleted of nutrients and biological activity welcome weeds.