Introducing the Pesticide Reduction Coalition

Pesticides and Us Pesticides have, for many years, been a mixed blessing. When DDT was first developed, it seemed to be the answer to the spread of malaria and other dangerous diseases. But over time, harmful impact on the environment, particularly birds, led scientists and governments to ban its use. Today, many pesticides are in … More »

On the Trail of Bed Bugs

Continuing our recent discussion of bedbugs, we offer an interesting recent study on the movement of those notorious insects. Despite considerable research in recent years, certain behaviors of the bed bug remain poorly understood. While their movement between apartments in a multiplex has long been suspected, it has never been empirically proven. However, a research … More »

Bedbugs in the Bay Area Redux

For some time now, our featured blog entry has been, “Bedbugs Are Occupying the Bay Area.” We first posted that in June of 2012. What has changed in the time since is not so much the reality of the invasion, but the response to it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the … More »

Richard Estrada featured on Marin Independent Journal

“Novato-based Atco Pest Control sometimes uses rodenticides, but is well-known for using integrated pest management techniques to control pests without using harmful chemicals. The company handles all the pest management issues for the county, which mandates they don’t use rodenticides. Atco Pest Control owner Richard Estrada said trapping rodents has been just as effective as … More »

On the Road Again!

No sooner had Richard Estrada finished making another presentation to the Master Garden Class at Indian Valley College in Novato about Integrated Pest Management than he got a call from Tanya Drlik, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator of Contra Costa County, requesting that he address a group of Environmental Health Department inspectors. Ms. Drlik is herself … More »