(MENAFN- Swissinfo) According to the association, the excessive use of leaf blowers and motorized vacuums is on the increase. Keystone / Salvatore Di Nolfi

As autumn leaves fall, a Swiss animal rights group is urging people to think twice before using leaf blowers.

This content was published on October 15, 2022 – 12:27 October 15, 2022 – 12:27 RTS/jc

These devices are noisy, polluting, damage soil biology and endanger the lives of small animals, according to the Swiss Animal Protection Association (PSA). He calls on people to use rakes and brooms instead to pick up leaves

In areas where fall leaves must be removed, local authorities and many individuals often use leaf blowers or motorized vacuums. Excessive use of these devices on permeable surfaces like grass strips, forests and protected areas is increasing rapidly, according to PSA.

But if the natural litter layer on the ground is blown or sucked away, many small animals like worms, insects, spiders, amphibians and even small mammals lose their habitat, winter quarters or food source, specifies the association. They can also be sucked into the machine and crushed to death.

Leaf blowers, emitting between 90 and 120 decibels of noise, are as loud as a chainsaw or pneumatic drill. This noise poses a health risk to the person using the device, as well as to humans and animals in the immediate vicinity, says PSA.

Although leaf blowers and vacuums save time, he urges individuals and communities to refrain from using them, given the significant negative effects.

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