Greendale Environmental Health

Environmental Health Services

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No Mow May

Greendale residents can choose to participate in "No Mow May" to allow pollinators to wake up from hibernation and get busy pollinating.  Consider filling out this quick survey about "No Mow May" in Greendale.  

The bee population has been declining and studies show that it is serious enough that it can be characterized as a threat to the global food supply. Also, gas powered lawn equipment contributes to air pollution and air pollution contributes to climate change. Small actions add up.

Letting your landscape "live a little" supports more than just bees, including ground beetles as well as some species of butterflies.���������� If you can't quite bring yourself to "walk on the wild side", you can still participate by mowing less often, leaving a portion of your grass uncut, avoid applying fertilizer or other chemicals to your lawn, or put a pollinator friendly plant on your patio.
No Mow MayClick here to download a sign to print and place in your window.
Click here to download the No Mow May handout from the Health Department.

Protecting Yourself from Summer's Supervillains YouTube series:
by Milwaukee County Parks (Wehr Nature Center), Greendale Health Department, and UW- Madison Extension
Taking on Ticks Episode 1: Meet the Stealth Supervillain
Taking on Ticks Episode 2: Identifying Wisconsin Ticks
Taking on Ticks Episode 3: Lyme Disease and the Life Cycle of the Deer Tick
Taking on Ticks Episode 4: Why are There So Many Ticks?
Taking on Ticks Episode 5: How to Protect Yourself from Ticks
Taking on Ticks Episode 6: Making a Tick Kit
Taking on Ticks Episode 7: How to Safely Remove a Tick
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For more information about ticks in Wisconsin, visit Wisconsin Department of Health Services Fight the Bite webpage.

Things you can do to protect yourself from ticks:

- use repellent on skin and/or clothing
- wear appropriate clothing for your activity.  If you are hiking, consider long socks and pants.
- walk on the trails, avoid brushing up against plants, and try to avoid wooded and brushy areas.(4/20/22)  

According to the APHA, American Public Health Association, " Environmental health is the branch of public health that: focuses on the relationships between people and their environment; promotes human health and well-being; and fosters healthy and safe communities. "      Environmental Health (

What does environmental health do for you? 

Environmental health focuses on the potential for natural and man-made environments to adversely affect our health. Environmental Health investigates nuisance complaints (garbage, pollution, etc.), lead based paint hazards, human or animal rabies exposure, and other environmental hazards. Environmental Health educates or offers referrals  for a variety of environmental health topics such as radon, rodent and insect infestations and lead. The Greendale Health Department provides education in several areas, found in the menu under the environmental health tab. You can look for information on animal bites, bed bugs, electromagnetic radiation, lead, mold, radon testing, and West Nile virus. 

For more information on environmental topics in Wisconsin:

Radon kits 


Radon kits are available for Greendale residents for $10.  $5 is refunded when you return your results to the Health Department.  For additional information, contact the Greendale Health Department at 414-423-2110.