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Herbicide Applicator

This happened last year and is interesting and important. When I went to the store I saw fellow spraying weeds.  I stopped and asked the fellow what he was doing. This is our conversation”

Me: What are you spraying?

Him; I am spraying weeds.

Me.: What are you using?

Him: Roundup. Very good product and safe.

Me: Roundup is listed as cancer causing in California.

Him: We aren’t in California.

Me: So Roundup can only cause cancer in some states?


Me: What kinds of weeds are you spraying?

Him: Weeds!

Me: What species? Roundup controls some weeds and just suppresses other species and they are listed on the label whether they are controlled or suppressed.

Him: What does suppressed mean?

Me; When a weed is suppressed, its growth is slowed down, but it isn’t killed.


Me; Do you know what kind of weeds you are spraying or not?

Him: I was told they are weeds and we kill them.

Me: The weeds over there are pigweeds and you won’t kill them, you will only suppress them. If you want to kill them, pull them out of the ground.


Me: Do you know the Roundup label requires you to wear a long-sleeved shirt and you are wearing a short-sleeved shirt?

Him: Its hot out here.

I just shook my head and walked back to my truck. This fellow had no idea what he is doing. To him, and probably many others, weed control is just spraying toxic herbicides on any plants they want. I suggest that if you see anyone spraying weeds in your area, stop and ask them the same kinds of questions and see if they are qualified. I suspect there are more weed sprayers who have no idea of the identity of the weeds they are spraying and what they are actually accomplishing besides polluting the ecosystem.




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I have been in the pest management industry for over 40 years. In that time I have used almost every pesticide available to control so-called “pests”. With this experience, I have learned over the years that the pesticides we use are far more dangerous than the pests we are trying to control. As a result, it has become a passion for me to improve the quality of life for humans and the planet, by assisting people to not only become more educated and aware of their environment – but also by learning to manage their home and business with a sustainable and healthier approach to tending to unwanted infestations of bugs. Please enjoy my blog posts, check out my publications, utilize my services, or simply stay in touch if you have a bug question…


One thought on “Herbicide Applicator

  1. I am so grateful that there are voices like the Bugman’s. His advice has always worked for us, no matter what the problem is/was.

    Posted by Judy | June 18, 2018, 11:46 am

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