The City of Bellingham published a website with some tips on the use of pesticides for pest control. Here are some portions of that page:

Pests are organisms that occur where they are not wanted and cause damage. Pests include some insects, mice and other animals, unwanted plants (weeds), fungi, and microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses


  • Are substances that are intended to prevent, destroy, repel, or mitigate pests
  • Include insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides
  • Can be substances intended for use as a plant regulator, defoliant, or desiccant

How do pesticides end up in our lakes and streams?

Pesticides can enter our waterways via stormwater runoff or outdoor water use. Runoff carrying pesticides into our storm drains or directly into lakes and streams may result in serious impacts to fish and wildlife.

What can I do to help?

  • Use environmentally-friendly alternatives to pesticides
  • Use pesticides responsibly and only if necessary
  • Accurately identify the pest
  • Select the most effective pesticide that poses the least risk to human health and the environment
  • Apply pesticides in dry weather, not right before big storm events
  • Never allow pesticides to enter storm drains or creeks

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