Pesticide Alternatives

Jason Weber, Chief, Fire Department


Herbicides can be used to control brush and weeds. In most cases, the amount needed for effective control is very small; more is not better. Always follow the label directions. Herbicides can be applied using a backpack or hand-held sprayer. Dead plants are fuel, so they should be removed after the herbicide has taken effect (excerpted from the Oregon State University publication Keep Your Home Safe from Wildfire).

For more information on tools and techniques for fuels maintenance, please see the Keep Your Home Safe from Wildfire brochure put out by Oregon State University.

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