Show off your pesticide-free yard with a ladybug sign

May 9, 2013

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NEW — 3:00 p.m. May 9, 2013

Families that maintain their yards without pesticides can proudly display their healthy-gardening practices with a “pesticide-free zone” sign, courtesy of King County and Washington Toxics Coalition.

Since kids are most at risk from toxins like pesticides, King County would like to recognize lawns and parks that are pesticide free, according to a press release from King County.

Families in King County who take care of their lawns without pesticides can take a pledge and receive the sign to recognize their efforts. The round sign has a ladybug on it and proclaims the lawn as a “pesticide-free zone”. Go to to sign the pledge and get your free yard sign.

More than 800 public places in King County are pesticide free. Go to to see the locations.

Pesticide free means that no chemical pest controls are used, according to the Washington Toxics Coalition website. However, the coalition is allowing the use of products that are allowed in organic agriculture, in the hopes of encouraging companies to develop safer products.

The city of Newcastle is among the municipalities that manage their parks pesticide-free or use limited pesticides.

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