Think Twice Before Using Pesticides

Butterfly on flower

When it comes to defeating pests and diseases in your garden, the best possible defense is an all-natural offense. Traditional pesticides are harmful to our health, especially for children and pets. Good gardening practices help plants outgrow weeds naturally and protect good bugs that eat pests. If pests do become a problem, natural pest controls are a smarter option and they are safe for people, pets and wildlife.

  • Follow the other steps of natural yard care to build strong, pest-resistant plants.
  • Identify pests, weeds or diseases before using any controls. Only 5 percent of bugs in your yard are pests!
  • Try non-toxic controls (i.e. traps, barriers, fabric row covers, soaps or horticultural oils) first.
  • As a last resort, choose the least toxic chemical pesticides and follow label directions precisely.
  • Learn to recognize beneficial insects – nature’s best pest managers.


  • Keep your family – especially children and pets – safe from the dangers of pesticides.
  • Save money you would have spent purchasing chemicals.
  • Save time you would have spent applying chemicals.
  • Prevent pesticides from polluting the natural environment.