Urban Areas

Storm Drain

Urban Pesticide Use

Most pesticide use, about 75 percent, occurs in agriculture. However, it is important to recognize that pesticide use in urban areas can have a more concentrated impact on human health and water quality. One reason why is that population density is higher in urban areas, so there is greater potential for human exposure and related health effects when pesticides are used. Another reason is that urban areas generate large volumes of stormwater runoff, which collects pesticides, and many other toxic agents, from a variety of urban landscapes. That’s why SPIN is dedicated to promoting more sustainable management strategies that utilize alternatives to pesticides in parks, schools, and homes.

Integrated Pest Management

One crucial component for improving sustainability in urban land care is IPM, or Integrated Pest Management. When done properly, IPM emphasizes pest prevention, least toxic control, and non-chemical management techniques. Good IPM policies have reduced pesticide use by more than 70 percent in schools and public buildings.

Expand Your Knowledge of IPM Topics!

Here you will find urban IPM resources useful for a range of indoor and outdoor urban environments. Use these shortcuts if you’re looking for something specific to one of these three areas:

Parks

Schools

Public Housing

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