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NCAP is the leading Northwest voice for alternatives to pesticides.

Our Mission:

The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides works to protect community and environmental health and inspire the use of ecologically sound solutions to reduce the use of pesticides.

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Our health and communities are worth protecting from harm. A healthy climate, clean air, water, and soil are incalculable in their value to all of us. Without them our very survival is at risk. According to the Environmental Protection Agency more than one billion pounds of pesticides are used annually in the United States. This includes insecticides, herbicides, rodenticides, fungicides, and more. 

The phrase “Break the Billion” is a thread that runs through all of NCAP’s work. It reminds us that everything we do, small or large, to choose healthier alternatives over pesticides leads to fewer pesticides used and less risk and harm caused.  

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    What not to share: Lice!

    September is National Head Lice Prevention Month. We encourage parents, students, teachers and childcare professionals to be aware of this pest and understand prevention and treatment options without harmful chemicals.
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    My Battle with Head Lice

    by Jeannine Nichols, NCAP supporter in Washington State It was late at night, the tail end of Thanksgiving break. As a teacher, every child’s holiday is my own. I anticipate spring break and summer vacation. I pray for snow days on cold winter evenings. When days of rest come I sink into them gratefully. I stared into the bathroom mirror, slowly brushing my hair. From the other room I could hear my husband snoring. I looked down at the sink and against the white background saw something dark move. Or did I? Was it a piece of an earlier woodland walk falling from my locks? I got in closer and moved the thing around with my finger, still unsure. I went back to brushing my hair, looking more suspiciously at my head. I brushed toward the sink. Then something else fell onto the white backdrop, a tiny, moving little creature.
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