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Wisconsinites sign up for pesticide-use notification

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Almost a-thousand Wisconsinites get advance notice when their neighbors are about to have pesticides applied to their lawns, shrubs, and trees. The state Agriculture Department keeps a list in which homeowners apply each year to get notifications.

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This year's deadline to register for the list is February first.

Homeowners can list the addresses on their own block and immediate surrounding blocks where they'd like to get notified about pesticide applications. And each person on the list mentions an average of 14 properties.

The ag department's Jane Larson says there are people who like to know in advance about pesticide applications so they can shut windows - not hang laundry in the yard - or bring kids inside so they don't get exposed to chemicals. Lawn-care companies must post signs on yards where they apply pesticides, and they're required by law to give advance notice to nearby properties which have asked for it.

The registry does not apply homeowners who apply pesticides themselves, or agricultural and non-pesticide applications. More information is available online at the ag department's Web site, accessible at www.wisconsin.gov

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