Tuesday, July 5, 2011


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

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
18 °C

Observed at:
St. John's Int'l Airport
6:30 AM NDT Tuesday 5 July 2011

  • Condition:
    101.7 kPa
    24 km
    Air Quality Health Index:

  • Temperature:
    83 %
    SW 17 km/h

Increasing cloudiness. Showers at times heavy beginning late this morning. Thundershowers late this afternoon. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Fog patches. Wind becoming south 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning then southwest 30 gusting to 50 this afternoon. High 20. UV index 3 or moderate.

Tip of the day:

Don't spay elm span worm:

Elm Span

Elm span outbreaks are often caused by low populations of T.Droozi; a small beneficial insect about the size of a fruit fly. It is a great predator to the elm span worm, killing the elm span in the egg stages before they ever hatch. T. Droozi is almost undetectable by humans and animals, but is very sensitive to many pesticides and can be killed off quite easily, therefore the use of pesticides can worsen the elm span situation as you are killing their best known predator.

Pen State University has used T. Droozi, destroying 80% of elm Span worm in one season.

Elm span outbreaks mostly occur year-after year in urban areas where pesticides are used. The best fight against elm span would be for the entire community to ban together and stop using pesticides and perhaps work with local students and entomologists to bring the ecosystem back into balance by re-introducing the beneficial insects.

For the time being, you may also want to scrape off any eggs that you can before they hatch. Buy a pressure washer, and add some liquid soap such as Dr. Bronners and blast your trees.

Disrupting the ecosystem with chemicals NEVER solves the problem; it only causes stronger breakouts of more resistant insects.

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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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

Above Articles available through Trancontinental Newsnet

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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