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FFL Principle 6: Managing Yard Pests Responsibly

Pesticides are not always as necessary as people believe. Healthy plants can often tolerate pest attacks, and beneficial insects, birds, and other natural controls can help suppress insect pests.

To minimize problems, choose healthy, pest-resistant plants for your landscape, and use them in the right place.

Scout your landscape often to detect pest problems early. Pick off insects by hand and remove infected areas of the plant.

If you must use a pesticide, use insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, and other low-toxicity products like Bt. Remember to only treat the affected plants, and to follow all label instructions.

By managing yard pests responsibly, you’ll reduce your impact in the environment.

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