The following was written by Ellie Goldberg, a GN Advisory Board member and long time advocate for healthy children, safe schools and sustainable communities (, and published on the website Medium on June 8.

What you need to know before hiring a landscaper or pest control professional.

The best pest control approach is a plan, not a product.

By Ellie Goldberg

Don’t be fooled by contractor or product names that sound “environmentally friendly.” Consumers need to be cautious and skeptical to avoid being poisoned. Be alert for false safety claims and unethical practices.

Just because a company is named EnviroGreen or OrganoLawn doesn’t mean that you are safe. Don’t be fooled by a picture of a tree, a child, a rabbit, a dog or a sunrise on the label or claims that a product is “safe” or “natural.”

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