Pesticides are chemicals designed to kill weeds, insects, rodents, bacteria, etc. Homes, businesses, schools and municipalities all face similar pests in landscapes and buildings that tempt the use of these dangerous chemicals that are legal to use in this country. Susan JunFish will clarify the common misconceptions about pesticide safety. You will learn the safest and most effective options for the most common pest problems like termites, weeds, ants and any other pest questions from participants in order to prevent health problems to humans, family pets and wildlife. Susan will address safer repellants to keep blood-sucking pests like lice, mosquitoes, and microspopic animal mites that leave itchy bites. Resources will be provided for safer alternatives to empower you to address future problems.
Susan JunFish holds a BS and an MPH from the School of Public Health at UC, Berkeley. She worked in the biotech industry developing recombinant DNA drugs for stroke and hemophiliac patients, delved into private consulting firms, and then worked for the California Environmental Protection Agency where she investigated environmental crime as an inspector for the State. Susan has served as Founder and Director of Parents for a Safer Environment for the past 14 years and has consulted numerous school districts, municipalities, hospitality industry, and homeowners to help decrease and replace pesticides and other risky chemicals with least toxic alternatives. She was recognized in 2010 by the California State Senate and Assembly after drafting legislation to improve regulations for all California K-12 schools and child care facilities from pesticides (Healthy Schools Act Amendment) and for her accomplishments with reducing pesticides used by Contra Costa County Departments. Susan lives in Moraga with her husband Jeremy; 17 year old Senior, Ben, preparing to leave for college; and 2 mutts.