Questions tagged [pesticides]

chemicals used for killing pests (often insects). Use this tag for questions about the (harmful) effects of pesticides or about more sustainable alternatives.

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How can I easily detect the presence of insecticides?

I suspect that my roommate has been using insecticides in my bedroom, living room, or kitchen. How can I check or test this?
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Wheat for animal consumption safe for human consumption?

A few days ago I got a hand mill since at times I have enough free time to grow grain. Problem is that to test sourdough I got whole wheat grain for animal consumption, it was the only wheat grain ...
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Organic or packaging free food?

If I face the choice of organic, packaged food and non-organic non-packaged food - which is more sustainable? http://footprint.wwf.org.uk/ tells me the negative impact of packaging is twice as big in ...
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Non toxic insect(ant) repellent for use in the kitchen

I have an ant problem in my house, specially in the kitchen, where they seem to have taken over. Just found out that they have cut through the plastic packaging of some food items and gotten inside. ...
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Relationship between Protein Content of Wheat and the use of Pesticides

Today I heard a news story on local radio about a farmers protest campaign in Hamburg (Germany). Currently in Germany the discussion about sustainability, climate change and environmental protection ...
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Toxic christmas trees?

I've heard that in some countries (e.g. Germany) christmas trees are sprayed with pesticides and fungicides to make the trees look better and to make them bug-free. I've also heard that this may be ...
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How to recognize products with neonicotinoid pesticides in them?

Recently, the EU has temporarily banned neonicotinoid pesticides because there are strong indications that these pesticides are responsible for the decline in bee populations. I've heard that this ...
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How do greenhouses affect pesticide use?

Is the environmental impact of pesticide use on greenhouse crops substantially different from the impact of pesticide use in open-air crops? I imagine that, at least in theory, a greenhouse should ...
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Is there a way to remove cockroaches without having to use poison?

My parent's house has a pretty bad case of the cockroaches currently and I'm wondering if there is an eco-friendly way to deal with them. I don't find the use of poisons appealing at all seeing as ...
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What is a low-toxic way to kill yellow Jackets?

Yellow jackets (technically a kind of wasp) can be very annoying when trying to eat outside as they are attracted to food, and especially to meats. When there are lots of them, if you are not careful,...
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How can I tell if the flower bulbs I buy contain neonicotinoids?

Are there neonicotinoids in dahlia flower bulbs? I am starting to keep bees and I am concerned about the pesticides in my bulbs. Can you help me?
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How to get rid of greenfly in roses and grapes without toxic chemicals?

We lost all our roses last summer, due to greenfly. The only solution we have so far found was highly toxic. Are the more sustainable alternatives?
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What are the best methods to minimize the effect (on me) of possible pesticides in or on vegetables I buy?

What are the major methods to be followed to minimize the effect of pesticides or their residues that may be in or on vegetables I buy? Does it differ according to the vegetables? If so, I am ...
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Organic aphid control on houseplants

What is the best option that's going to be safe for children/pets and require the least amount of reapplication? I'm looking for something that has little to no phytotoxicity between plant species.