Pest Control

Believe it or not You may be unwittingly harboring pesticides in your home.

Do you let your dog run through neighborhood lawns?

Did a previous Occupant douse your kitchen with ant Killer?

Did you buy a Christmas tree last Year? These are only some of the many ways that pesticides sneak in.

Of course, many people knowingly use home and garden pesticides. A 2000 report issued by the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis found that 88 % of American households employ an average of three pesticide products like rodent traps, gardening products and flea collars.

Home and garden pesticides are pervasive, yet government scrutiny of them is extremely lax and even when the Environmental protection Agency (EPA) does identify a dangerous pesticide, its response is excruciatingly slow. Just last year, the agency announced that two of the most popular home pesticide ingredients pose too great risk. After 3 years of testing, diazinon and chlorpyrifos were linked to acute side effects like Nausea, vomiting, headaches and diarrhea (suspected long - term effects include nerve gland, and gastrointestinal damage).

But instead of recalling the products that contain these ingredients (including acme, ortho, and real kill), the EPA is allowing stores to continue selling chlorpyritos through 2001 and diazinon through December 2004 with out any warning about the ban on the Labels.

Diazinon and chlorpyfifos are only two of thousands of EPA - registered pesticides found in Home and Garden products that have not been checked for safety in decades. The agency is slowly making its way through the lists, but will the studies be a case of too little, too late?  Here is why you need to be wary of pesticide products you have at home, and some tips on how to control pests naturally.

Toxic Products, still for sale

"Most people think over - the - counter pesticides are safe - that the EPA wouldn't allow them to be sold if { they weren't}" Claims Susan Kegley, Ph.D. a staff Scientist with Pesticide Action Network North America a nonprofit pesticide watchdog group in San Francisco. This is true to a Degree. But many of these products are deemed safe only at specific levels and under certain conditions. If you ( or a pest control company you hire) don't adhere to these safe levels and conditions, you could be exposing your home to danger.

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Danger under your Kitchen Sink.

      Just because a Pesticide is registered with the environment protection Agency doesn't mean it doesn't come with side effects. Here's how 5 common house hold pesticides, Herbicides, and Fingicides can harm your health if you use them too often or in the wrong amounts, according to environmental Defense, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group in New York City.



1. Chlorpyrifos

(Marked as Dursban & Lorsdan) Found in: Preparations to fight Ants, Roaches, and Other insects.

Dangers: May cause glandular and Nerve damage.

2. Diazinon.  Found in: Insect and Grub Killers.

Dangers: May cause Cardiovascular, developmental,   gastrointestinal, nerve, and skin damage.

3.Diethy - meta - toluamine (DEET). Found in: Insect repellents.

Dangers: May cause liver, nerve, respiratory & skin damage.

4. Glyphosate found in : Weed Killers

Dangers: May cause Cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, nerve & respiratory damage.



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