Pesticides and Herbicides
The Marquette County Landfill facilitates the disposal of pesticides and herbicides from both households and businesses through a Clean Sweep grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture. This no-cost disposal service is open to anyone and residency in Marquette County is not required. Residents can bring their pesticides and herbicides to the Household Hazardous Waste Collections. (Businesses: For more information on pesticide and herbicide disposal, call 906-249-4125.)
What is a pesticide?
A pesticide is a chemical used to prevent, destroy, or repel pests. Pests can be insects, mice and other animals, weeds, fungi, or microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses. Some examples of pests are termites causing damage to our homes, dandelions in the lawn, and fleas on our dogs and cats. Pesticides also are used to kill organisms that can cause diseases.
Most pesticides contain chemicals that can be harmful to people, animals, or the environment. For this reason the Office of Pesticide Programs of the Environmental Protection Agency regulates pesticides in the United States to protect public health and the environment.
Here are some examples of pesticide products we use in our homes:
Did you know that these common products are considered pesticides?
These are some common types of pesticides, and their purposes, used in our homes:
Disinfectants and sanitizers
Control algae in swimming pools and water tanks.
Kill microorganisms (such as bacteria and viruses).
Attractants are traps containing a pesticide and food to lure insects or rodents inside. However, food is not a pesticide even though it certainly attracts pests...like ants at a picnic.
Kill disease-producing microorganisms in the kitchen and bathroom.
Produce gas or vapor intended to destroy pests in the house or in the ground.
Kill fungi (including blights, mildews, molds, and rusts).
Kill insects and other arthropods.
Kill mites that feed on plants and animals.
Microorganisms that kill or inhibit pests, including insects or other microorganisms. Sometimes microorganisms get rid of pests simply by growing larger in numbers, using up the pests' food supply, and invading the pests' environment.
Kill snails and slugs.
Kill nematodes (microscopic, worm-like organisms that feed on plant roots).
Biochemicals used to disrupt the mating behavior of insects.
Repel pests, including insects (such as mosquitoes) and birds.
Control mice and other rodents.