Consider organic alternatives to toxic pesticides

(Priscilla Ferel)

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Last year, a Pesticide-Free Rowayton group was formed to inform residents about the dangers of spraying toxic pesticides to kill weeds and insects and to promote effective, organic alternatives, while supporting the use of safe, organic lawn and garden care methods that are used within Rowayton’s public green spaces.

While folks have heard the phrase “Save Bees” and know the plight of bees is important, there are many other pollinators, including butterflies, bats, hummingbirds, flies, beetles and wasp species all of whom are constantly traveling from plant to plant, carrying pollen on their bodies in a vital interaction that allows the transfer of genetic material critical to the reproductive system of most flowering plants.

Also, Entomology Professor Doug Tallamy has warned that insect populations have declined drastically, and that we don’t seem to care, despite the fact that a world without insects is a world without humans.

Truth is, the pesticides and insecticides that residents spray on their properties are absolutely deadly to pollinators.  Twenty-two are toxic to birds, 14 toxic to mammals, 30 toxic to fish and aquatic organisms and 29 are deadly to bees. All pollute the water we drink through runoff. A recent study also proved that glyphosate, an herbicide found in RoundUp and most weed killers, raises the cancer risk of humans exposed to it by 41%, a truly shocking statistic.

One of the best things we can all do for pollinators and for health is to have a pesticide-free lawn, and to plant native flowering plants, shrubs and trees that provide pollen and nectar to insects on which wild birds depend.  Also, transitioning to safe organic products as alternatives to pesticides is easy. The Gardener’s Center in Darien can assist with the best organic products to use.

Pesticide-Free Rowayton, a project of Darien-based Friends of Animals is selling bee-themed Pesticide-Free Zone signs to display on your property for $15 each, which includes a wood post for displaying them.  Priscilla Feral can be contacted for payment  and pick-up in Rowayton:  [email protected]

Priscilla Feral

Pesticide-Free Rowayton

Friends of Animals


Shari Brennan June 22, 2021 at 6:50 am

Thank you Rowayton for taking an active stand in protecting our environment. Looking forward to placing a pesticide free zone sign on my lawn

Linda Murphy June 22, 2021 at 1:36 pm

Hi, This is so good to hear. Thank you. I recently switched to Sunday lawn care. It’s all natural and my lawn looks great. I feel so good about it. Its a do-it-yourself program that you can find online. Reasonable, smart and easy nutrients to apply with your hose. No more heavy bags.
My problem is that I still need something to spray on poison ivy 🙁

Tysen Canevari June 22, 2021 at 10:26 pm

As someone who works in the industry i can tell you that the so called organic solutions are a fallacy. If they worked then we would all use them. When used properly pesticides work effectively. I am required by the state of CT to have a license which must be renewed often to apply pesticide. Howwever, homeowners can walk into home depot by whatever you please and apply it all day at your house. Now thats a problem! Dont trust those that advertise they apply all organic products. Ask them each time they come to your house to see the label.

George June 23, 2021 at 9:44 pm

Tysen is correct. The so called organic fertilizers and pesticides have some degree of chemical based materials included. To be effective you need to apply more of the organic products to be as effective as the non organic products. If you need 6 pounds of non organic product per 1000 Square feet you would need twice or three times the amount of organic product.

When the math is compared you are still putting what amount to 6 pounds per 1000 square feet.

Geez does that make you feel better? Your spending more to put the same amount of chemicals down.

Thank God plastic straws are outlawed but those plastic coffee cup stoppers at Dunkin and Starbucks are not outlawed.

John Levin June 24, 2021 at 6:45 pm

what’s really cool is that so many species of insects, birds and bats effectively are the sex organs for so many species of plants. gotta believe pesticides aren’t good for anyone’s sex organs

Janine June 25, 2021 at 9:35 am

That is an eye opener George and Tysen, thank you! It’s just typical of how the organic industry oversells and overprices its products. I guess balanced reporting is out the window when it goes against the popular narrative.

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