Experts join webinar to discuss how we can fight pests without using toxic pesticides

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Aaron Colonnese
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Author: Aaron Colonnese

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Started on staff: 2020
B.A., Brown University

Aaron writes and designs materials with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network for U.S. PIRG. Aaron lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, and spends his spare time playing drums and going for long walks.

Pennsylvanians are all too familiar with the invasive spotted lanternfly and the havoc it has wreaked on some of our most important agriculture industries.

But we also know that many of the pesticides used to control lanternfly populations are toxic to public health and the environment. So how can we protect public spaces from invasive lanternflies without risking our health?

That was the question PennPIRG Education Fund aimed to answer on our May 26 webinar, "Fighting Spotted Lanternflies Without Toxic Pesticides." We were joined by Michelle Niedermeier, Penn State Extension's Community Integrated Pest Management and Environmental Health Coordinator.

As Michelle explained the various non-chemical measures, such as traps, that Pennsylvanians can take to fight lanternflies, PennPIRG reiterated our call for bans on those pesticides that simply aren't worth the risk to the health of our communities. As PennPIRG Advocate Emma Horst-Martz put it, "we should protect our agriculture, environment and public health all at the same time — and I'm grateful for experts like Michelle who can show us how."

Watch the webinar.

Learn more about our campaigns to protect public health from toxic pesticides and other harmful substances.

Photo: PennPIRG Advocate Emma Horst-Martz and PennEnvironment Clean Water and Conservation Advocate Stephanie Wein discuss the myriad ways Pennsylvanians can protect their private and public spaces from the invasive lanternfly without resorting to toxic pesticides. Credit: Staff

Aaron Colonnese
Content Creator

Author: Aaron Colonnese

Content Creator

 

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., Brown University

Aaron writes and designs materials with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network for U.S. PIRG. Aaron lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, and spends his spare time playing drums and going for long walks.