Reaching for a pesticide - even an organic one - should be a thoughtful act: Nothing used to kill pests is risk-free.
The first question to ask is if pesticides are really needed at all is by practicing Integrated Pest Management or IPM, said Kaci Buhl, Statewide Pesticide Safety Education Program coordinator for Oregon State University Extension Service.
Buhl defines IPM as a way of thinking about pest management that values:
■ Using knowledge about the pest's habits, life cycle, needs and dislikes;
■ Using the least toxic methods first . . .