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Pesticides in Urban Environments

While we often think about the impacts of pesticides used in agriculture, they are also commonly used in urban environments. Pesticides are applied in homes, yards, gardens, parks, and schools, among other places. Many of these pesticide applications can be avoided, benefitting both the wildlife that surrounds us and our own health. The Xerces Society works to help communities and residents reduce the use of pesticides in urban environments through trainings and resources on proactive alternative pest management. Our fact sheet, Smarter Pest Management: Pollinator Protection for Cities and Campuses, outlines how pollinator-friendly pest management can serve both pollinators and communities.