How it works
stage of development. The potential damage of the pest is then weighed against the cost
of control. Finally, if pest control is economical, all alternatives are evaluated based on
cost, results, and environmental impact. Precaution is taken to keep any chemicals from
leaving the field by leaching, runoff or drift.
How it helps
Using fewer chemicals improves water quality.
Specific treatments for specific pests on specific areas of a field prevents over-treatment of pests.
Did you establish filter strips along streams?
Did you consider pest control alternatives?
Did you use records of crops and pest control for reference?
Did you rotate crops to reduce the chance of pest problems?
Complete a pesticide risk assessment of potential environmental damage from leaching or runoff. Consider this information when selecting a pesticide.
Wear protective clothing when applying pesticides.
Mix and load pesticides in an area that won't contaminate water supplies; and prevent back siphoning.
Triple rinse containers before disposal. Burn paper bags.
Apply pesticides during periods of minimal potential for drift or runoff.
Use the lowest application rate practical and rotate pesticides.
Use spot treatment or banding when possible in areas of concentrated pest populations.
Use proper erosion control.
Keep records to track costs and chemical application.
Calibrate spray equipment.