Thursday, June 30, 2011

POSSIBILITY OF SPRAY ACTIVITIES THIS MORNING - NO GO FOR SPRAY ACTIVITIES THIS AFTERNOON

Due to the forecast today... The weather conditions as predicted for today MAY possibly permit pesticide spray activities this morning in the St. Johns area for a portion of the day. 

Residents please be advised that spraying activities may occur today, however companies are required to give 24 hour notification prior to spraying.

Weather conditions in the St. Johns area can swiftly change, monitor weather conditions closely throughout the day.



St. John's

Current Conditions
 
Mostly Cloudy
12 °C

Observed at:
St. John's Int'l Airport
Date:
6:30 AM NDT Thursday 30 June 2011

  • Condition:
    Mostly Cloudy
     
    Pressure:
    101.9 kPa
     
    Tendency:
    rising
     
     
    Visibility:
    24 km
     
    Air Quality Health Index:
    1
     


  • Temperature:
    11.9°C
     
    Dewpoint:
    8.8°C
     
    Humidity:
    81 %
     
    Wind:
    WNW 5 km/h
     















Cloudy. Wind becoming east 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 16 except 11 in onshore winds. UV index 5 or moderate.

A very important reminder:

When a pesticide spray activity is to occur, the applicator must give verbal or written notification to all neighbouring properties within 15 meters(aprox 49 feet) 24 hours in advance of the spray activity.

The notification must include the common name/trade name of the pesticide, the active ingredient(s) and the type of pest controlled.

When given this notification, neighbours should be aware to close all windows, turn off the heat recovery & ventilation units in their home, take in clothing from the line as well as children's toys and do not allow children or pets to play in the area in order to help reduce the risk of exposure.

For more information please see the Operators licence and Landscape Attachment

Current provincial weather regulations:

-Wind must be between 2 and 15 km/hr for ground applications
-Winds must be between 2 and 10km/hr for trees taller than 3meters
-Air Temperature must be below 25oC
-It must not raining nor is rain anticipated over the next 2hour period
-The relative humidity must be above 50%


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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

NO GO FOR SPRAY ACTIVITIES MOST OF TODAY - Keep an eye on wind speeds

Due to the wind speeds for the entire day: The weather conditions as recorded for today MAY NOT permit pesticide spray activities for the majority of the day in the St. Johns area. There is a small window in the early afternoon where wind speeds may drop...Please be aware.


Residents please be advised that spraying activities may occur today, however companies are required to give 24 hour notification prior to spraying.

Weather conditions in the St. Johns area can swiftly change, monitor weather conditions closely throughout the day.

If you see anyone spraying pesticides in today's conditions please report the activity.


Current Conditions
 
Cloudy
7 °C

Observed at:
St. John's Int'l Airport
Date:
6:30 AM NDT Wednesday 29 June 2011

  • Condition:
    Cloudy
     
    Pressure:
    101.7 kPa
     
    Tendency:
    rising
     
     
    Visibility:
    24 km
     
    Air Quality Health Index:
    1
     


  • Temperature:
    7.2°C
     
    Dewpoint:
    4.9°C
     
    Humidity:
    85 %
     
    Wind:
    N 15 km/h
     













Cloudy with sunny periods. 60 percent chance of drizzle early this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light near noon. Wind becoming south 20 late this afternoon. High 13. UV index 6 or high.


Tip of the day!

Here are a few tips to keep your lawn lush and pesticide free:

Healthy grass needs healthy soil, ensure you have 6-8” of topsoil, if not, then top dress your lawn in the spring.

Mow high and leave grass clippings on the lawn. Set your lawnmower to the highest setting, allowing grass to grow longer. Tall, dense grass blocks the sun from getting to weeds and will help kill weed seedlings.

Water infrequently, but water deep. This forces the roots of the grass to grow deeper in search of water. As the soil at the surface becomes dry the weeds get choked and die. Wait until the grass starts to curl before watering. Watering on a schedule will only encourage weed growth.

Use a high quality all natural fertilizer spread lawn fertilizer as early as you can in the spring and lime every fall. Add compost. About one part compost and two parts dirt is what you should be striving for. Better quality soil and more of it will promote grass growing deep roots that will choke out the weeds.

Over-seed each year with a hardy blend of grasses that includes dutch white clover.

Consider installing a bird feeder since birds eat up those pesky bugs.

Current provincial weather regulations:
-Wind must be between 2 and 15 km/hr for ground applications
-Winds must be between 2 and 10km/hr for trees taller than 3meters
-Air Temperature must be below 25oC
-It must not raining nor is rain anticipated over the next 2hour period
-The relative humidity must be above 50%


Where to report a violation 
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

NO GO FOR SPRAY ACTIVITIES TODAY

Due to the wind speeds for the entire day and rain this morning: The weather conditions as recorded for today MAY NOT permit pesticide spray activities in the St. Johns area.

If you see anyone spraying pesticides in today's conditions please report the activity.


Current Conditions
 
Fog
12 °C

Observed at:
St. John's Int'l Airport
Date:
6:30 AM NDT Tuesday 28 June 2011

  • Condition:
    Fog
     
    Pressure:
    100.8 kPa
     
    Tendency:
    falling
     
     
    Visibility:
    1 km
     
    Air Quality Health Index:
    2
     


  • Temperature:
    11.9°C
     
    Dewpoint:
    10.7°C
     
    Humidity:
    92 %
     
    Wind:
    W 26 km/h
     













Showers and periods of drizzle. Risk of a thundershower this morning. Amount 2 to 4 mm. Fog retreating to the coast. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 14 with temperature falling to 11 this afternoon. UV index 3 or moderate.

Tip of the day!

Pesticide poisoning can mimic other common illness.

You should be aware of the early signs and symptoms of poisoning. It is important to remove the person from the source of exposure quickly. Remove contaminated clothing and wash off any chemical which has soaked through. You may save a life. A doctor or Poison Control Centre should be contacted at once if anyone who may have come into contact with a pesticide exhibits symptoms of poisoning. Give them any precautionary statements (such as an antidote) from the label and the P.C.P. Act Registration Number. Medical staff can use this informationto make a diagnosis and give advice. Always know the symptoms of poisoning that can occur from exposure to the pesticides.

Examples of some symptoms: 

Chlorophenoxys; 2,4-D,MCPA: Skin rash, muscle weakness,convulsions, coma. 

Organochlorines; endosulfan, lindane, methoxychlor: Apprehension, nausea, vomiting, weakness, excitability, dizziness, disorientation, twitching, convulsions. 


Organophosphates; Guthion(azinphos-methyl),Dyfonate (fonofos), Lorsban (chlorpyrifos),diazinon,dichlorvos, malathion, parathion:  Headaches, dizziness, weakness, tremors, nausea, diarrhea, blurred vision, convulsions.

Carbamates; Temik (aldicarb), Furadan(carbofuran), Sevin (carbaryl),Lannate (methomyl): Headaches, dizziness, weakness, tremors, nausea, diarrhea, blurred vision, convulsions.

Dinitrophenols; dinoseb, Karathane (dinocap),DNOC: Fever, sweating, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate.

Bipyridyliums & Pyridyliums; Reglone (diquat),Gramoxone (paraquat): Respiratory distress, lung damage.

Fumigants; methyl bromide, Telone(1-3 dichloropropene), Vapam (metam-sodium), chloropicrin: Double vision, slurred speech, uncoordination, chemical pneumonia, kidney damage.

Dithiocarbamates & Thiocarbamates; ziram, maneb, Eptam, Surpass (vernolate): Irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, and lungs, nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness.




Current provincial weather regulations:
-Wind must be between 2 and 15 km/hr for ground applications
-Winds must be between 2 and 10km/hr for trees taller than 3meters
-Air Temperature must be below 25oC
-It must not raining nor is rain anticipated over the next 2hour period
-The relative humidity must be above 50%

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Monday, June 27, 2011

BT (BTK) - Study Finds Pregnant Women and Fetuses Contaminated with Pesticides Linked to Genetically Engineered Food

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Pesticides 'could cause Parkinson's by stopping key protein cleaning up cell damage' | Mail Online

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NO GO FOR SPRAY ACTIVITIES EARLY THIS MORNING - POSSIBILITY OF SPRAY ACTIVITIES THIS AFTERNOON

Due to the forecast today... The weather conditions as predicted for today MAY possibly permit pesticide spray activities this afternoon in the St. Johns area for a portion of the day. 

Residents please be advised that spraying activities may occur today, however companies are required to give 24 hour notification prior to spraying.

Weather conditions in the St. Johns area can swiftly change, monitor weather conditions closely throughout the day.

Current Conditions
 
Fog
10 °C

Observed at:
St. John's Int'l Airport
Date:
6:40 AM NDT Monday 27 June 2011

  • Condition:
    Fog
     
    Pressure:
    101.5 kPa
     
     
    Visibility:
    0.6 km
     
    Air Quality Health Index:
    2
     


  • Temperature:
    10.1°C
     
    Dewpoint:
    8.9°C
     
    Humidity:
    92 %
     
    Wind:
    S 5 km/h
     












Showers ending this morning then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers or drizzle. Risk of a thundershower early this morning. Fog retreating to the coast. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this morning. High 18. UV index 3 or moderate.


IMPORTANT REMINDER: 

Do not spray pesticides before or after a rain.

Runoff is the movement of water over a sloping surface. Runoff occurs when water is applied to the soil at a faster rate than it can enter the soil. Runoff water can carry pesticides in the water itself or bound to eroding soil particles. Pesticide runoff is usually greatest when rain follows soon after an application. Runoff can also occur if a pesticide is applied to a saturated soil, resulting from a previous rain or irrigation, followed by a light rain or irrigation.

Leaching is the movement of pesticides through the soil as opposed to movement over the surface. The more permeable a soil, the greater potential for pesticide leaching: A sandy soil is much more permeable than a clay soil.Pesticide leaching can also be influenced by the weather. Typically, the closer the time of application to a heavy or sustained rainfall, the greater the pesticide leaching will occur.


Current provincial weather regulations:
-Wind must be between 2 and 15 km/hr for ground applications
-Winds must be between 2 and 10km/hr for trees taller than 3meters
-Air Temperature must be below 25oC
-It must not raining nor is rain anticipated over the next 2hour period
-The relative humidity must be above 50%


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Sunday, June 26, 2011

NO GO FOR SPRAY ACTIVITIES TODAY

Due to the current rain (drizzle) and the wind speeds forecast for the rest of today... The weather conditions as predicted for today MAY NOT permit pesticide spray activities in the St. Johns area.

Weather conditions in the St. Johns area can swiftly change, monitor weather conditions closely throughout the day.


Current Conditions
 
Light Drizzle
8 °C

Observed at:
St. John's Int'l Airport
Date:
6:30 AM NDT Sunday 26 June 2011

  • Condition:
    Light Drizzle
     
    Pressure:
    102.5 kPa
     
    Tendency:
    falling
     
     
    Visibility:
    0.4 km
     
    Air Quality Health Index:
    2
     


  • Temperature:
    7.6°C
     
    Dewpoint:
    6.6°C
     
    Humidity:
    93 %
     
    Wind:
    SE 9 km/h
     












Cloudy with sunny periods. 40 percent chance of drizzle in onshore winds early this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High 16 except 13 along parts of the coast. UV index 6 or high.

Tip of the day

Dealing with Chinch Bug - There are many lawn issue which resemble chinch bug damage. There is an easy way to identify chinch bugs. Simply remove both ends of a tin can the insert one end into your lawn and fill the can with water. If you have chinch bug, you will see them floating in the water. Simply get your shopvac and vacuum your lawn to remove the bugs...It's what the Wolfville Nova Scotia Parks Department does and it works! Removing thatch and adding clover to your lawn will also help deter chinch bugs.

Chinch bugs
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Current provincial weather regulations:
-Wind must be between 2 and 15 km/hr for ground applications
-Winds must be between 2 and 10km/hr for trees taller than 3meters
-Air Temperature must be below 25oC
-It must not raining nor is rain anticipated over the next 2hour period
-The relative humidity must be above 50%

Where to report a violation
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Saturday, June 25, 2011

POSSIBILITY OF SPRAY ACTIVITIES TODAY

Due to the forecast today... The weather conditions as predicted for today MAY possibly permit pesticide spray activities in the St. Johns area for a portion of the day. 

Residents please be advised that spraying activities may occur today, however companies are required to give 24 hour notification prior to spraying.

Weather conditions in the St. Johns area can swiftly change, monitor weather conditions closely throughout the day.


Current Conditions
 
Fog
6 °C

Observed at:
St. John's Int'l Airport
Date:
6:30 AM NDT Saturday 25 June 2011

  • Condition:
    Fog
     
    Pressure:
    102.5 kPa
     
    Tendency:
    rising
     
     
    Visibility:
    0.8 km
     
    Air Quality Health Index:
    2
     


  • Temperature:
    5.8°C
     
    Dewpoint:
    4.4°C
     
    Humidity:
    91 %
     
    Wind:
    NNE 8 km/h
     













Cloudy with sunny periods. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 12. UV index 6 or high



IMPORTANT REMINDER:

Do not spray pesticides before or after a rain.

Runoff is the movement of water over a sloping surface. Runoff occurs when water is applied to the soil at a faster rate than it can enter the soil. Runoff water can carry pesticides in the water itself or bound to eroding soil particles. Pesticide runoff is usually greatest when rain follows soon after an application. Runoff can also occur if a pesticide is applied to a saturated soil, resulting from a previous rain or irrigation, followed by a light rain or irrigation.

Leaching is the movement of pesticides through the soil as opposed to movement over the surface. The more permeable a soil, the greater potential for pesticide leaching: A sandy soil is much more permeable than a clay soil.Pesticide leaching can also be influenced by the weather. Typically, the closer the time of application to a heavy or sustained rainfall, the greater the pesticide leaching will occur.


Current provincial weather regulations:
-Wind must be between 2 and 15 km/hr for ground applications
-Winds must be between 2 and 10km/hr for trees taller than 3meters
-Air Temperature must be below 25oC
-It must not raining nor is rain anticipated over the next 2hour period
-The relative humidity must be above 50%


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St. John's Daily Spray Advisory

My Past Articles

More enforcement needed for pesticide spray regulations
The Western Star (Corner Brook) - Final - 10-01-2002 - 413 words
Karen Griffin - Judie Squires says someone needs to patrol the companies that spray residential areas for pesticides because she's observed nine violations of the Environmental Protection Act in her Paradise neighborhood alone


Spray woes: Province falling down on monitoring pesticides
The Telegram (St. John's) - Final - 10-01-2002 - 253 words
Judie Squires - environment to become poisoned? A temporary ban on all residential pesticides has to be put into place, to protect us, our wildlife and our environment as a whole. Judie Squires Paradise


Government lax on cosmetic pesticide regulation: advocate
The Telegram (St. John's) - 08-28-2004 - 613 words
Stokes Sullivan, Deana - Despite increased awareness about adverse health effects from pesticides, Judie Squires, a member of the Pesticide Working Group of Newfoundland and Labrador, isn't optimistic the province will ban cosmetic use


Woman doesn't expect cosmetic pesticide ban any time soon
The Western Star (Corner Brook) - 08-30-2004 - 712 words
Stokes Sullivan, Deana - Despite increased awareness about adverse health effects from pesticides, Judie Squires, a member of the Pesticide Working Group of Newfoundland and Labrador, isn't optimistic that the province will ban the


Province lagging behind in pesticide control
The Telegram (St. John's) - 09-04-2005 - 496 words
Squires, Judie - it to do is to prohibit the cosmetic use of synthetic pesticides altogether in order to protect our citizens and the environment. Judie Squires writes from Portugal Cove-St. Philip's


The two sides to pesticide use
The Telegram (St. John's) - 07-16-2006 - 781 words
Judie Squires - health of your families. When Canada's most respected health authorities tell us pesticides threaten our health, we should all be listening. Judie Squires writes from Portugal Cove-St. Philip's


Inquiry implicates BTk
The Telegram (St. John's) - 06-24-2006 - 353 words
DEANA STOKES SULLIVAN - of trees. The live spores can be inhaled by humans and animals exposed to BT. Judie Squires, secretary of the Northeast Avalon Group of the Sierra Club, says despite claims that


Delayed pesticide laws 'disappointing'
The Telegram (St. John's) - 06-24-2006 - 833 words
DEANA STOKES SULLIVAN - at the end of this year. These products will only be sold to certified dealers. Judie Squires, secretary of the newly formed Northeast Avalon Group of the Sierra Club, isn't


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Time for provincial lawn pesticide regulation
The Telegram (St. John's) - 03-14-2009 - 419 words
pesticides. Please join me in lobbying our province for a pesticide ban Judie Squires Portugal Cove...

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