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The City’s Public Works Agency issued an updated Integrated Pest Management (CIPM) report to the City Council on April 23. The report covers the changes in the City’s pest and weed control practices
over the past eight years, an overview of pesticide reduction and CIPM efforts of large institutions located in Evanston or near its border, City pesticide reduction goals for 2018-2020, and tips and resources for citizens in managing pest and weed problems with limited pesticides.

In 2010, the City Council acted to encourage the responsible use of pesticide products by adopting the City of Evanston Sustainable Pest Control and Pesticide Reduction Policy. The resolution achieves reductions in pesticides by defining integrated pest management as the City’s preferred approach for pest and weed control, and identifying specific integrated pest management tips for the City to take.

The resolution calls for reductions in applications of pesticide products intended to kill, control, or repel an animal, plant/weed, or insect across City operations and on City-owned or -leased properties. The resolution also requires the City to report its pest and weed control practices and programs to the City Council and Evanston residents every two years.

In March 2016, then-Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl established a Monarch Butterfly Day and adopted 12 “Monarch Pledge” action steps that, among many things, banned the use of bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides by the City, allowed for the planting of native milkweed and nectar plants and installed a monarch-friendly demonstration garden at the Morton Civic Center.

The City set an objective to phase out the use of Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Round-Up, on City property by 2020.

In order to further support integrated pest management measures, the report includes resources for the safe control and management of various pests and weeds, as well as pesticide reduction information for both indoor and outdoor pests from the Midwest Pesticide Action Center.

Links to the report, the ordinance and the presentation made to the City Council are available online at cityofevanston.org/PublicWorksPlans. Anyone wishing more information should call/text 847-448-4311.

Report highlights:

• All City of Evanston staff who apply or handle pesticides must maintain a license with the Illinois Department of Public Health.• Over the last five years, the City reduced its use of pesticides on its parks by more than 60%.• Requests for rodent treatment decreased by 533 between 2015 and 2017.