Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Due to the wind speeds for the entire day:  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
15 °C

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

  • Condition:
    101.2 kPa
    0.8 km
    Air Quality Health Index:

  • Temperature:
    89 %
    W 28 gust 37 km/h

Clearing this morning. Fog dissipating this morning. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 23. UV index 8 or very high.

Tip of the day:

Dealing with Ants

Ants play a beneficial role in our environment, their tunneling mixes and aerates the soil, in some places replacing the activity of earthworms. Many species feed on small insects and aphids which are serious crop pests.

When indoors, ants become pests. They are in search of food, water, and shelter. If ants do invade your house, you can effectively reduce household ant populations while still allowing ants to play their part in the environment.

Ants are attracted to foods inside your home. Keep your floors free from crumbs and debris which can attract ants.

Seal your home to prevent insects from entering. Seal around baseboards, moldings, cupboards, pipes, ducts, sinks, doors & windows with sillicone caulk. If there is any rotten wood be sure to replace it.

Keeping soil away from your foundation helps deter many insects from entering your home. Replacing the perimeter soil around your home with crushed stone, brick or patio blocks keeps the area tidier and less prone to insect invasion.

Ants are attracted to roses and other plants which tend to attract aphids. The ants are beneficial in controling the aphid population, however if you have rose bushes planted close to your home, ants may enter your house due to the close proximity. Plant roses a minimum of 10 feet from your house.

If all else fails make your own cheap ant bait by placing a 50/50 blend of baking soda and sugar in a container with a lid, shake well to ensure all the sugar is coated with the baking soda then on a dry day place small mounds in the areas where ants are seen. be patient, it may take a few days for the bait to be brought back to the nest and population reductions are seen.

If you can locate the nest simply pour boiling water over the nest to kill the entire population.

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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