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Less-Toxic Gardening

Plant in handAre pests bugging you? If pests are taking over there might be a good reason! Integrated Pest Management (IPM) offers effective techniques and less-toxic products for controlling common pests. IPM is a method of controlling indoor and outdoor pests using the least toxic methods available through a combination of mechanical, biological and chemical controls.

Check our Pest Control Fact Sheets for solutions to your pest problems. Most local hardware stores and nurseries carry less-toxic products. Click here for a printable list of participating stores, and Less-Toxic Product List for a list of less toxic pest control products.

When all else fails, Ask the Gardening Expert!

If you are thinking about hiring someone to maintain your lawn and garden, check out the Santa Clara Valley Green Gardener page. These landscape professionals have been trained on sustainable landscape practices and will maintain your garden without the use of toxic chemicals.

Hiring an IPM Certified pest control company:

When hiring a professional pest control service, consider hiring an IPM Certified pest control company. IPM Certified practitioners employ a variety of common sense techniques to control pests effectively, minimizing the need to use pesticides. They can manage ants, roaches, flies, spiders, rodents, stinging insects, bed bugs and many other pests.

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Hiring a Pest Control Company

When hiring a professional pest control service, consider hiring an IPM Certified pest control company. IPM Certified practitioners employ a variety of common sense techniques to control pests effectively, minimizing the need to use pesticides. They can manage ants, roaches, flies, spiders, rodents, stinging insects, bed bugs and many other pests.

Currently, three programs certify pest control professionals as “IPM Certified.” Visit the links below to find IPM-certified pest control companies in your city:

 

For Gardeners

Pruning BranchFor more information about specific pests and how to control them using less-toxic methods and products, check out the fact sheets below.

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Specific Pests

AntsAnts

Hormigas (Español)

Kiến (Vietnamese)


AphidsAphids

Afidos (Español)


CockroachesCockroaches

Cucarachas (Español)


FFleasleas

Pulgas (Español)


MosquitoesMosquitoes

Mosquitoes (Español)


Rats & MiceRats and Mice

Ratas y Ratones (Español)

Chuột Cống và Chuột Nhắt (Vietnamese)


Snails & SlugsSnails and Slugs

Caracoles y Babosas (Español)


SpidersSpiders

Arañas (Español)


WeedsWeeds

Malezas (Spanish)


YellowjacketsYellowjackets

Avispas Amarillas (Spanish)


General Assistance

Pest ControlFind a Pest Control Company

Cómo Encontrar Una Compañía (Español)


Healthy GardenHealthy Garden

Jardin Saludable (Español)


LawnsLawn Care

Césped Sano (Español)


Pesticides Pesticides and Water Pollution

Los Pesticidas y la Contaminación del Agua (Español)


Use and DisposalPesticide Use and Disposal 

Uso y Desecho de Pesticidas (Español)

Sử Dụng Và Tiêu Hủy (Vietnamese)


Wonderful RosesWonderful Roses

Rosas Maravillosas (Español)


Our Water our WorldPocket Guide for Choosing Less-Toxic Products


Ten Tips for Water-Wise GardeningTen Tips for Water-Wise Gardening


10 Most Wanted Bugs10 Most Wanted Bugs

10 Most Wanted Bugs (Vietnamese) 


A Good Bug Tub for Your GardenA Good Bug Tub for Your Garden


Grow It GuideGrow it Guide


Don’t Plant a Pest

Don’t Plant a Pest


Watershed-Friendly Landscape Design

Green Steets

Green Streets – an overview of watershed-friendly techniques for your yard and garden

 

 

Rain Garden Fact Sheet

 

 

Rain Barrels Fact Sheet

 

 

Pervious Paving Fact Sheet

 

 

Landscape Dispersion Fact Sheet


As part of a program called “Our Water Our World“, local Government Agencies have been partnering with retail stores to make less toxic products more available to consumers. To find a store in your area, click here.

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Local Hardware Stores & Nurseries that carry less-toxic pest management products

ShelftalkerStores listed on this site have agreed to provide Fact Sheets and Shelf Talkers to make it easy for you to choose a non-toxic product.  Products may vary from store to store.  For your convenience, less-toxic products are identified with Shelf Talkers.  These are little signs placed in front of a product to help you identify those that are non-toxic or less-toxic than their conventional counterparts.  The product name will be listed in the white space.

Where To Buy Less Toxic Products in Santa Clara Valley

Click Here for printable PDF of this List. | Vietnamese PDF

Red = Summer Winds Nursery Stores
Yellow = Home Depot Stores
Green = Independent Nursery/Hardware Stores
Teal = ACE Hardware Stores

CAMPBELL

  • Summer Winds Nursery, 2460 Winchester Blvd.
  • Home Depot, 480 E. Hamilton Ave.

CUPERTINO

  • Summer Winds Nursery, 1491 S. De Anza Blvd.
  • Yamagami’s Nursery, 1361 S. De Anza Blvd.

GILROY

  • 8850 San Ysidro Ave.

LOS ALTOS

  • Los Altos Nursery, 245 Hawthorne Ave.
  • Los Altos True Value, 441 First St.

LOS GATOS

  • ACE Los Gatos Hardware, 15300 Los Gatos Blvd.

MILPITAS

  • Home Depot, 1177 Great Mall Drive

MORGAN HILL

  • Ace Hardware, 600 Tennant Ave.

MOUNTAIN VIEW

  • Blossom True Value Hardware, 1297 W. El Camino Real

PALO ALTO

  • Palo Alto Hardware, 875 Alma Street
  • Summer Winds Nursery, 725 San Antonio Rd.

SANTA CLARA

  • Home Depot, 2435 Lafayette St.

SAN JOSE

  • Almaden Valley Nursery, 15800 Almaden Expressway
  • Home Depot, 2855 Story Rd.
  • Home Depot, 635 W Capitol Expressway
  • Home Depot, 1855 Hillsdale Ave.
  • Home Depot, 920 Blossom Hill Rd.
  • Home Depot, 975 De Anza Blvd.
  • Home Depot, 2181 Monterey Rd.
  • Payless Nursery, 2927 So. King Road

SUNNYVALE

  • Home Depot, 680 Kifer Rd.

For specific questions about gardening products or pests, please visit the Our Water Our World web site and select the “Ask the Expert” tab.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a method of controlling indoor and outdoor pests using the least toxic methods available through a combination of controls including mechanical, biological and chemical.

Are You Giving the Bugs a Great Place to Live?

Outside:

  • A moist, cool, protected environment. Bugs love ivy, standing water, and woodpiles.
  • Animal waste, rotting fruit, and debris provide the perfect breeding ground for bugs.

Inside:

  • Easy access into your house
  • Easy access to food and water

Plan your IPM battle strategy in this order:

1st – Physical Controls

  • Hand picking
  • Cleanliness
  • Barriers
  • Caulking holes
  • Vacuuming
  • Traps

2nd – Biological Controls

  • Predatory insects (for example, use ladybugs to eat aphids and parasitic insects)
  • Bacterial insecticides (for example, use Bacillus thuringiensis, or B.t., to kill caterpillars)
  • Birds, toads and spiders

3rd – Chemical Controls – Your Last Resort

  • Dehydrating dusts (for example, diatomaceous earth)
  • Insecticidal soaps
  • Boric acid powder
  • Horticultural oils
  • Insect Growth Regulators, or IGRs – these interrupt the reproductive cycle of insects without affecting their enemies
  • Baits

Check out our Fact Sheets to find IPM techniques that work!

Contact Us

For specific questions about gardening products or pests, please visit the Our Water Our World web site.
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