Saturday, July 23, 2011

What's wrong with this picture? Using paintball guns to kill weeds

I first saw this post a few days ago on the weather channel. ( It is about a new idea to use paintball guns to "shoot" herbicides with "sub-meter accuracy". Take a look (and listen) at this short video and see if your reaction is the same as mine.

Do you see and hear the wind, catching and carrying all of those dangerous herbicides into the air?

I tried to do a little online search to see if I could find out more information about this topic and strangley enough, the only discussions I found about it were on Paintball Forums, where at least one user (on was astute enough to provide this comment:

Hopefully the herbicide in the ball isn't harmful to humans. Or am I the only one that sees a problem with being able to shoot poison from a paintball gun? It's bound to fall into some kid's hands at some point if it's released.


  1. Looks like a dangerous idea thought up by overgrown kids, using taxpayer dollars, too lazy to work. And did I hear the reporter say they were testing this mindless theory near a reservoir? There goes the drinking water too.

  2. This is awful on too many levels to mention.

  3. Are you kidding me? You can't walk another 100 feet and apply the herbicide directly? I don't care if you call it a neumatic application devie. It's still just a paint ball gun. This is just an excuse to play!

  4. I like this idea of combating invasives better:

  5. Bad idea all the way around. Wouldn't it just be easier to use a spray bottle and walk directly to the spot? In fact, some are so afraid of hitting more than their target with a spray bottle that they cut off the bottoms of plastic soda bottles and spray through that to control any accidental spraying of other plants… Any excuse to use that paintball gun that you just paid waaay too much money for I guess.

    It does call to mind, however, the more positive image of those gardeners in NYC a few years ago (maybe they are still there doing this…) who would fill water balloons with seeds and water and then lob them over chain link fences into abandoned lots.

  6. This is a great idea - it is meant for remote areas that are not assessable on foot. HI's native veg is being overtaken by invasive noxious plants so something has to be done as soon as possible


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