Welcome to PestiBytes, a series from the National Pesticide Information Center. These are based on common pesticide questions from people just like you. This is Sandra and I’m here with Jennifer
to talk about weed and feed products and how to avoid harming fish. How do I know if the product I want to use could hurt fish? Well Sandra, if you are going to use a pesticide near water, read the Environmental Hazards section on the label first to see if the product is harmful to fish. Then, look at your yard. Do you have a hill that slopes down to a stream or a pond? Is there a storm drain right next
to the grass? These sorts of things can help you determine whether the product is appropriate for the area you want to treat. Are all products harmful to fish? Some products are very dangerous to fish, but other products may not be as toxic, even if they have the same active ingredient. The only way to know is by reading the label. What steps can I take to reduce the risk to
fish? Its important to always read and follow all product directions, and use only as much as you need. If you use a granular product, sweep any granules off the sidewalk or driveway back into the lawn so they aren’t washed into storm drains. You can also choose to leave a “buffer” or pesticide-free zone in areas nearest the
water. Try not to apply these products right before a heavy rain is expected, so that they won’t wash off your lawn and get into surface waters that way. Thanks Jennifer. You’re welcome. If you have questions about pesticides, please call us at 1-800-858-7378, Or visit us on the web at npic.orst.edu. PestiBytes are brought to you by the National Pesticide Information Center, a cooperative agreement between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.