Western Australians are encouraged to limit the quantity of pesticides they keep around the home.
There are a number of tips you can follow to limit the use of or avoid using pesticides altogether. These include:
- Removing shelter for pests, such as clutter and stacked wood against the external walls of your home
- Fixing leaking taps and draining or emptying any stagnant water
- Cleaning up leftover food, such as pet food, dirty barbecues and dishes
- Installing flyscreens on all windows and doors
- Using mosquito netting
- Using fly swats and mouse traps and
- Removing weeds by hand or killing them by pouring very hot water over them
Pesticides should be used sparingly and with caution. They should also be stored well out of reach of children and animals.
If you must use a pesticide, follow these simple tips.
- Buy pesticides appropriate to your needs. If necessary seek expert advice
- Buy only what you need
- Choose products with the lowest toxicity to humans and pets. Products labeled ‘caution’ are less toxic than those labeled ‘poison’
- Always read the label carefully and follow instructions
- Wear protective clothing as recommended on the label
- Dispose of leftover pesticide appropriately — never tip down drains or leave lying around
- In case of poisoning, call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26
For more information on the safe use of pesticides refer to the following resources:
Industry and Local Government guides
- Guidelines for the separation of agricultural and residential land use (PDF 496KB) NEW
Increasing residential development in metropolitan areas previously occupied by agricultural producers, such as market gardeners, has resulted in land use conflicts from concerns regarding exposure to chemical spray drift. The Guidelines explain the Department of Health’s minimum requirements for establishing buffer areas for the separation of commercial agricultural land from residential land use. These guidelines incorporate the advice provided in the Guidance for the Assessment of Environmental Factors Western Australia No. 3 Separation Distances between Industrial and Sensitive Land Uses (Environmental Protection Authority, 2005) along with current scientific knowledge and accepted national practice in this area. These guidelines promote the establishment of effective buffer areas at the planning proposal stage of new residential subdivision and allow all parties concerned to understand the minimum expectations for buffer areas and alleviate impacts of chemical use.