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Along with effectively controlling your outdoor pest problems, safety is my main concern while working on your property.


I have taken care of turf, and tree (ornamental) pest problems for over thirty-eight years, and have never had an issue with pets or people.




To start with, there are several categories of pesticides used around the world. I break them down into three categories: Industrial/ agriculture, and residential.


Industrial products would be extremely long-term residual chemicals such as ground sterilants that would be used for vegetation management on areas such as railroad beds, oil refineries, airport landing strips, etc.


Agricultural chemicals are used on farms to treat millions of acres of crops where there are no people or animals. The agriculture industry still uses insecticides in 2019, that were banned from the turf, and ornamental industry over twenty-five years ago.


Pesticide products legally labelled to use around your home, place of business, or public access such as a library are specifically regulated by the EPA to be safely used around people, and pets. State law requires all people, and animals to not be present at the time of application, but are completely safe to reenter their property after the product dries, which during the warm months of summer takes less than an hour.


Insecticides used to treat insect problems in the landscape are now commonly referred to as synthetic organic products since their chemistry mimics organic products such as pyrethrums. There is little or no odor, staining, or concern for other plants being damaged. Also, the residual efficacy of the products lasts for many days, and in certain applications such as pine beetle prevention, can last up to months before the need arises for re-application.


Many products are now injected directly into the tree trunk or root system, eliminating the need to spray entirely, and typically last for one to two years to protect a tree from such destructive pests like wood borers. This is called systemic injection.


Weed control products have specific directions to be followed to not only be effective, but also to protect the environment they are being used in. Applied correctly, there is no threat to the people and pets living there. Also, a huge emphasis in Colorado is put upon protecting the honeybee population when treating trees or lawns for pest problems.


As a licensed commercial applicator, it is a requirement to attend Department of Agriculture approved continuing education workshops to maintain an active applicator's license. A high percentage of these workshops focus on environmental safety.


As a commercial applicator for over thirty-eight years, my biggest two concerns are controlling the problem effectively, and making sure that the applications I make are done safely.





Please call me at 719-415-9888 with any questions and to receive a free, written estimate, and a schedule of treatment to eliminate damaging pests, and to prevent them in the future

Thank you for your interest.

Paul Farin

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