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Pest control without harmful pesticides

Published: Saturday, June 14, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

DeKalb County Community Gardens will offer a presentation by the University of Illinois Extension educator Candice Miller on how to control pests without the use of pesticides.

The free presentation is open to the public. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Unitarian Universalist church located at 158 N. Fourth St. in DeKalb. 

Pesticides are a collection of synthetic chemicals, designed to kill pests, however many pesticides also pose risks to people. The health risks depend upon the pesticide, but can range from irritation to skin and eyes, to carcinogens that may cause cancer. Some affect the nervous system, or some alter hormones within the body. Studies also have found a connection between pesticides and ADHD in children. 

Pesticides also affect the local environment. Pesticides have been found in water run-offs from properties where pesticides have been used, as well as getting into the ground water. 

Miller will provide information and alternative methods people can use that do not require dangerous chemicals. She will provide specific detailed instruction on organic methods of pest control that do not endanger people or the environment. 

For questions or more information about the presentation, call Dan Kenney at 815-793-0950.

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