By Michigan Farm Bureau; MDARD
With warmer weather comes green grass, fresh flowers and … pests.
Whether you need to protect your yard, garden or fruit trees, bugs can be a serious spring chore. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of helpful solutions that, when used properly, have proven to be safe and effective.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is an excellent resource when it comes to the proper use of pesticides around your home.
“When used correctly, pesticides are an effective tool to help control, destroy and repel destructive pests such as insects, weeds, rodents, germs and plant disease,” said Brian Verhougstraete, MDARD’s pesticide section manager. “If applying pesticides, always read and follow the label directions and use the recommended personal protective equipment.”
If you prefer not to handle pest-control duties on your own, MDARD encourages the use of an MDARD-licensed provider. This licensing requirement means you can be confident the company you hire has met the requirements for MDARD approval and employs only certified applicators.
“Be aware of online advertisements and social media posts promoting the sale of unregistered pesticides, particularly those that claim to be 100% safe or all natural,” added Verhougstraete. “Unregistered pesticides are not proven to be safe or effective and are unlikely to meet MDARD’s or the Environmental Protection Agency’s requirements.”
For additional information on MDARD’s Pesticide and Plant Pesticide Management Division, visit Michigan.gov/MDARD.