It’s understandable why, in the face of a mounting health crisis, communities and health organizations scramble to prevent outbreaks by any means necessary. Spraying may seem like a quick way to soothe the public’s nerves, but as a strategy for controlling mosquitoes, it’s a blunt and ineffective tool. Widespread application of adulticides creates a false sense of security while causing many unintended and far-reaching consequences. Through the application of common-sense protocols and proactive planning, effective mosquito management that limits impacts on the environment is possible.
Protecting Waters from Pesticides
Pesticides contaminate our natural ecosystems, whether they are directly applied to forests and waters, or inadvertently move beyond where they are applied. Learn how to reduce or prevent these impacts.
Managing Forest Insect Pests
Native forest pests have been part of our ecosystems for millennia. Understanding their role, as well as impacts and limitations of current control efforts, can lead to more meaningful outcomes in promoting greater resiliency in our forests.
Neonicotinoid insecticides are used widely on farms and in urban landscapes, with implications for water quality and aquatic ecosystems due to runoff and groundwater contamination.