Last week, the CBS “Early Show” ran a story titled “Lawn Chemicals Can Stay in Your Body for Years, Even Decades.” It contained some inflammatory information, including a reference to DDT, a pesticide that has been banned for decades. You may get questions either as a result of this story or from other negative stories that appear in the press from time to time. Many of the negative stories are focused on lawn care products that are used to protect the lawn and landscape. Media get much more attention from stories with negative headlines or sensationalized quotes, and they don’t always include all sides to the story.
Here are some talking points and information to share with your staff and that they can use with customers. We are focused on helping you educate the public and customers about the safe professional use of all lawn care and other industry products.
Professionals use the same products that homeowners do. They generally use the same products that are available off the shelf in national retail outlets, and those products are registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and by state pesticide regulatory agencies.
Lawn care operators are knowledgeable about how to apply these products safely and according to label directions.
States require companies that perform lawn care pest control be trained and licensed to apply pesticides.
Lawn care applicators apply pesticides every day, and they are just as concerned as customers that the products they use are as safe as possible.
Most companies take extra steps to notify customers and neighbors with posted signs that note that products have been applied.
The EPA continues to review the latest research studies and continues to reassess the safety of all the products that it registers.
Click here for a link to a brochure that you can print and share with clients about lawn care. Visit PLANET’s Government Affairs webpage for hundreds of tools and resources about lawn care and landscape issues. As an additional resource, you can contact the following PLANET staff members: Tom Delaney, director of government affairs with any government relations questions, and Lisa Schaumann, director of public relations, with any public relations questions.