The Safer Choice

How To Avoid Hazardous Home, Garden, Community and Food Use Pesticides

Pesticides are widely used in homes and communities without complete public knowledge about the harm that they cause to children, pets and the environment. There are alternatives to pesticides for managing insects, rodents and weeds effectively without exposing your family to harmful toxic chemicals.

  • The Safer Choice brochure. This brochure focuses on what you can do to manage your home, school and community without poisoning your children, families, pets, and the environment. Download or order from the Beyond Pesticides online store.
  • Healthy Homes and Communities presentation. Powerpoint presentation for individuals, community groups and leaders interested in achieving a pest and pesticide-free living environment. Download or order from the Beyond Pesticides online store.
  • Safe, Pest-Free Apartment doorknob hanger. Your building doesn't need to use
    toxic pesticides.

Children and Pesticides

Food Choices and Diet

  • Feeding Your Family Organic...Affordably. This bi-fold brochure offers solutions on how to shop and prepare healthy organic food for you and your family without breaking the bank.
  • The Cost of Organic Food. Organic food may appear to be more expensive at the retail level, however there are many hidden costs associated with chemically-intensive agriculture. "The Real Story on the Affordability of Organic Food," from the Fall 2011 issue of Pesticides and You takes a close look at the cost of organic food versus its chemically-intensive conventional counterpart.
  • Organic Food: Eating with a Conscience. This database shows how our food choices have a direct effect on not just our health, but the health of our planet and those who grow and harvest what we eat.

Pesticide Free Zones

Pesticides and Health Care Facilities

Bed Bugs

  • Bed Bugs: Don't Panic. The recent bed bug resurgence across the U.S. has people taking desperate measures to eradicate these tenacious bloodsuckers, with some relying on dangerous pesticides and fly-by-night exterminators. These measures pose more dangers than any perceived short-term benefit.
  • Bed Bug Factsheet for Homeowners and Tenants. While there is no magic bullet solution to bed bug eradication, there are many ways to effectively control them without the use of dangerous chemical pesticides.
  • Bed Bugs in Public Housing. A factsheet for building managers, this brochure discusses guidelines for prevention, monitoring, and intervention. Intended to be printed on 8.5x14 paper.

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