Prince Golf Course is seeing its green turning brown with golfers using DEET-based insect repellants on the course, said Ryan O’Halloran, manager of the golf club, on Aug. 25.
When the manager of the golf club saw two perfect green footprints surrounded by an outline of dead yellow grass, he was not surprised.
The yellow scars are usually found on the first greens of the golf course, but the most recent footprints were found at the tenth hole.
For some golfers, bug spray is a must-have on the greens at Prince Rupert Golf Club. However, it is not only the mosquitoes that die, but the grass as well.
“People just don’t know that DEET is toxic to weed,” O’Halloran said.
The ingredient DEET is used in many insect repellents for its effectiveness against biting insects and has been shown to be a threat to golf courses. O’Halloran’s has worked with eight different golf properties over 20 years and said it is the same problem on all golf courses in Canada.
“DEET is toxic to weed [and] every superintendent has the same problem, ”he said.
O’Halloran does not blame any particular group of golfers for the use of insecticides. He recognizes that insects are particularly unpleasant on the golf course. He said that ultimately it comes down to the golfer’s awareness of the repellant’s effects, admitting that he isn’t able to do much to fix the problem.
“We’re just trying to educate our members that if you are going to apply it, please do it on cart tracks or on concrete,” O’Halloran said.
There are bug sprays without DEET, but the problem is, they don’t work against bugs, O’Halloran said.
Normand Galimski | Journalist
Send Normand E-mail
follow us on Twitter
View north of Prince Rupert