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Posted on: September 10, 2019

Spot Spray Herbicide on Stinkwort

**UPDATE** September 20, 2019

The spraying is scheduled to start in mid-October.

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September 13, 2019

Residents of the Town of Los Altos Hills will soon be receiving a letter in the mail informing them that the Town will be spot spraying herbicide on stinkwort (dittirchia graveolens) some time in October, on selected roadsides and pathways within town limits. This application will be done by trained professionals, under the direct supervision of a certified Pest Control Adviser and in accordance with EPA guidelines. Details on the exact dates will be updated here on this webpage.

The action is in response to the rapid spread of this highly invasive pest plant throughout the Town from residents. Stinkwort creates a fire risk as the plants not only add fuel load, but have highly flammable resin.  This plant is also poses a public health hazard because the resin in the plant can potentially cause headaches and rashes.

Homeowners who do not want their road frontage sprayed would need to post a "DO NOT SPRAY" sign and are encouraged to remove all stinkwort from their property and road frontage. 

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