MPAC’s Executive Director Ruth Kerzee discusses how to build a strong and healthy lawn from start to finish. A beautiful lawn is like cultivating a new idea. It takes the right ingredients, maintenance, and time. To start, you need a solid foundation of facts and information before elevating the glimmer of an idea into action.
The blooming of forsythia shrubs and the sprouting of tree leafs signals the beginning of the lawn care season and the many critical decisions to grow strong, resilient grass this spring. This year, seven retailers in Kane County alleviate the anxiety lawn care may bring by eco-labeling effective organic and natural lawn care products and tools.
Two local governments in Illinois last week passed resolutions to shift jurisdiction over the regulation of private pesticide use from the State to local authorities. The Village of Oak Park and the City of Evanston passed the resolutions in hopes that the Illinois General Assembly will reconsider a law that prohibits local authorities from regulating
The adverse health effects of pesticides don’t just harm humans. Avid pet enthusiast and writer Jenny Holt explores ways to protect your furry friends from risky lawn care products. Marie Donovan came home from work one day to find her dog acting lethargic and uncoordinated. His refusal of his favorite treats especially worried Marie. Not sure
IPM Institute for North America’s Alina Freund takes a dive into school pest management strategies and introduces a new tool that will better our children’s lives. Students spend a major part of each day in school– at least 25% of the time they’re awake! An unhealthy school environment can have a profound effect on their health
MPAC’s Ryan Anderson calls for an all-hands-on-deck effort to eliminate pesticide misuse in 2017. The MGG Forum’s active education approach builds the foundation. 2017 started with the worst possible news for us. On January 2nd in Amarillo, Texas four children died in their trailer home from the misuse of the toxic pesticide Aluminum phosphide. The
Stormwater and water used on your lawns and in your house flow into the same pipes. Which can cause problems during periods of heavy rain says our partners at Friends of the Chicago River. Here’s how to address the issue. When watering your lawn, do you ever wonder where it ends up? Chicago and many older suburbs use
On October 28th, 2016 MPAC’s Executive Director Ruth Kerzee raised legality concerns about the City of Chicago’s use of dry ice to control rat populations. In early November, the EPA alerted the cities of Chicago, Boston, and New York that the practice of using dry ice to kill rats was not a registered rat control measure
Jean-Marie Kauth, PhD, Associate Professor at Benedictine University, runs down the environmental and health concerns of synthetic lawn pesticides. Dandelions are pretty and edible Dandelions are good food for bees, which are struggling. Pesticides are harmful to wildlife, particularly amphibians. Lawn chemicals are expensive and consume fossil fuels. Pesticides have been shown to cross the placenta
The following was a press release for October 28, 2016. The EPA has since contacted the City of Chicago about the unregistered use of dry ice as reported by USA Today. To see a translation of this press release in Portuguese, please click here. The Midwest Pesticide Action Center (MPAC), the only organization based in the