If you use household pesticides the following information is provided by the City of Las Cruces and the NMSU/Dona Ana Cooperative Extension to help reduce pollution in the Rio Grande. This information could save you, the University, and the City millions of dollars.


When properly used, pesticides should not present a serious, threat to our water supply however; the Las Cruces' Wastewater Treatment Facility has found traces of Diazinon in its discharge to the Rio Grande. If this trend continues, it could cost the City millions of dollars in treatment costs and result in rate increases to users. The City needs your help to control this source of pollution.

If you think that your help with this problem doesn't matter, consider this: One drop of Diazinon in one day's sewage from 50 homes is enough to exceed New Mexico Environment Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

Check what you know about the safe use of pesticides


Here are a few tips on how you can help



If you have leftover pesticide there are three things that you can do with it:


The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is held in May and October each year.


Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a combination of chemical, biological and cultural methods used in a way that considers the entire community of desirable plants and insects, as well as their pests,

Some IPM methods you can use:


Information about proper use of house- hold pesticides and disposal of containers provided by

For more information on pesticides call the National Pesticides hotline (phone 800-858-7378)


Las Cruces Emergency Phone Numbers


All emergency services             911

State Police                     524-6111

Poison Control Center
Albuquerque, NM      800-432-6866

El Paso, TX                 800-POISON-1