If the technician follows the directions on a toxic pesticide label, the pesticide is safe.
Fact: There is no safe way to apply an admittedly unsafe toxic synthetic dangerous poisonous pesticide chemical that is designed to kill living organisms indiscriminately.
If the EPA approves the pesticide then it must be safe for my family.
Fact: The EPA does not "approve" pesticides. The EPA merely registers the pesticide for use after the toxin maker pays a large fee, sometimes a million dollars or more. The EPA allows dangerous toxic pesticides to reach market and your home and makes no effort to prevent toxic pesticide producers from misleading you with colorful labels on shiny cans. The EPA does not require toxin makers to disclose the hundreds of lethal chemicals in the pesticide. If you knew just how much "Danger" you were in, you would never permit these toxins on your property or at your business.
Pyrethroid pesticides are safe because they are "based" on the chrysanthemum plant.
Fact: A pyrethroid is a synthetic chemical compound similar to the natural chemical pyrethrins produced by the flowers of pyrethrums(Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium and C. coccineum). Manufacturers of toxic pesticides and the pest control companies that serve them would try to have you believe that pyrethroids are somehow safe or harmless. Pyrethroids are toxic to fish, The EPA has listed most pyrethroids as suspected carcinogens - several, such as Bifenthrin actually cause cancer. Pyrethroids have been found at acutely toxic levels in sediments and waterways in California; the chemical is able to pass through secondary treatment systems at municipal wastewater treatment facilities causing the chemical to be commonly found in the final effluent, usually at levels lethal to invertebrates
A 2011 study found a significant association between delayed mental development at 36 months and piperonyl butoxide (PBO), a common additive and synergist that makes pyrethroid pesticides more lethal.
University and medical researched has linked pyrethroids to a number of cancers in children, pets, and adults. Medical research has now linked pyrethroid insecticides to autism in children. An unpublished study, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at University of California, Davis, suggested a correlation between pyrethrins and autism. In the study of 500 children (with or without autism), the 138 children with autism and their mothers were twice as likely to "report using pet shampoos and other household products containing pyrenthrins than other mothers". Pyrethroids are pure synthetic toxin with a name that falsely implies that it is somehow plant based.
When the toxic synthetic pesticide dries it will be harmless to people and pets.
Fact: Pest control companies either directly or indirectly imply that once their toxins dry, that you will not be harmed. To the contrary, we listed over 300 medical and university research documents and links at this website that prove otherwise. Remember that a dried toxin is merely invisible, not harmless. The toxin is just as harmful to you dry as it was when it was wet. Actually, it is even more harmful because you no longer see the chemical tracks of the volatizing pesticide liquid.
All pesticides are the same.
Fact: Synthetic pesticide toxins are man-made and have no counter part nor counter balance in nature. No part of a synthetic pesticide is ever extracted or distilled from plants. Insects develop resistance to synthetic toxins in part because of the poisons' persistence in the environment and the repeated low-dose exposure that residual insects encounter. Synthetic pesticides usually carry a warning on the label such as Caution, Warning, Danger, or Poison.
Botanical pesticides all come from plants such as trees or flowers with natural insecticidal properties that target insects alone. These insecticidal properties are naturally occurring defense mechanisms of plant species. Thus, insects do not evolve and breed tolerance to natural plant defenses. 100% botanical insecticides made from federally exempt chemicals are usually labeled "Safe around children and pets" and pose no threat whatsoever to people, pets, water, wildlife, plants, nor air.
The warnings on pesticide labels are for the applicator only, not the homeowner.
Fact: The warnings on the pesticide labels are for anyone that may come in contact with the toxic pesticide. The warnings are so stern that the EPA should never have registered the toxin in the first place. However, the warnings are not the biggest problem. The biggest problem is the flagrant non-disclosure that results in harm to consumers. When a pest control company fails or refuses to disclose the dangers of the chemical toxins or fails to give you the actual specimen label at least 3-days before they spray, you and your family are in danger of exposure with increased health risks. The label is for you the customer - the end recipient of the toxic spray.
My pest control company said that if the toxic pesticide has "Caution" on the label, it is not poison. They also told me that they don't use any products with the signal word "Warning."
Fact: All synthetic pesticides are poisons and they all have the word "Hazard" or "Danger" on the label. Should anyone tell you otherwise, you are in immediate danger of pesticide poisoning.
Botanical pesticides don't work as well as "traditional" pesticides
Fact: First, there is no such thing as "traditional" pesticides. There are no historical references to synthetic pesticides before the 19th century. History however has hundreds of references to natural plant oils and extracts for insecticidal purposes. There are five global categories of pesticides; (1)Safe Non-Toxic Botanical, (2) Safe Non-Toxic Organic (3)Unsafe Toxic Synthetic, and (4) Unsafe Toxic Organic, (5)Unsafe Toxic Botanical If there would ever be a "traditional" pesticide, it would be plant sap, plant oil, or plant secretion other than sap, not a man-made chemical. Botanical insecticides work equally as well in university and field tests, and day-to-day pest control and better when you factor in that most botanical pesticides are safe and pose no health risks. Botanical pesticides control all the same insects including termites. Botanical pesticides can be used in all food handling facilities, kitchens, and around infants. No synthetic toxic pesticide could ever make that claim. Anaheim, California based Western Exterminators used botanical pesticides in approximately 2,500 homes and found the products to be equally as effective (see EPA article on the poisoning-for-profit page). In our practice, we only use botanical insecticides with safe labels and our clients have never experienced an influx in pests. We would pit our branded line of Safe botanical products against any of the thousands of dangerous toxic synthetic pesticides at anytime and on any household or commercial pest.
Weston, Donald P.; Michael J. Lydy (February 2, 2010). "Urban and Agricultural Sources of Pyrethroid Insecticides to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta of California". Environmental Science and Technology (Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley: American Chemical Society) 44 (5): 1833-40. doi:10.1021/es9035573. PMID 20121184. Retrieved February 4, 2010.
Irva Hertz-Picciotto (2008). "Household Pesticide Use in Relation to Autism". 7th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research.
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