P2 House - Front/Backyard

Yards provide a place for gatherings, gardening, grilling and playing with children and pets, so maintaining a safe and pollution-free space is important. The following tips and suggestions can convert your front or backyard into an environmentally friendly oasis.

Pest Control

Cockroaches, ants, beetles, termites and scorpions can enter your home from your yard, even when you have taken necessary precautions. Consider Integrated Pest Management Techniques developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and develop simple habits, such as:

  • Considering eco-friendly pest control chemicals
  • Disposing of bug repellants and pesticides properly
  • Keeping children and pets away when using pesticides
  • Cleaning outside spaces to avoid attracting pests
  • Immediately disposing of pet waste
  • Reading pesticide labels
  • Sealing cracks and openings along baseboards, behind sinks and around pipes and windows
  • Checking for pests in plants when doing yardwork

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Air Quality

Ozone pollution is a concern in Arizona during the warmer months, April through September. According to the Maricopa County Air Quality Department website Clean Air Make More,” top air pollution offenders are cars, trucks, ATVs, leaf blowers, and lawn and garden equipment. To reduce pollution, consider the Maricopa County "Commit to One Day" challenge and try these tips:

  • Avoid the use of leaf blowers during hotter months and use a rake instead.
  • Never use gas-powered equipment, such as leaf blowers or mowers, during high-pollution warnings.
  • Avoid barbequing during pollution warnings and consider using natural gas or propane.
  • Invest in trees, shrubs and plants to beautify your yard while also helping purify the air and providing shade.
  • Spray fewer toxic or non-toxic pesticides in the early or later hours to avoid releasing chemicals in the hot sun.
  • Perform regular vehicle maintenance and test for emissions.