Safe Pest Control?

Safe Pest Control?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is in the news a LOT lately. But what about the regular, everyday issues they provide information about? Like Mosquito Control?

The CDC states that all mosquito repellents should have EPA approved active elements. Sounds logical, right? If the EPA has the Registration Number on a pest control product, you can trust it knowing the EPA has given their ‘Safety Blessing’. Right?

Uh, wrong! On so many levels WRONG!

The EPA only registers products using elements that are known toxins, poisons, and carcinogens. Stated another way, if a pest control product has a registration number on it, then the EPA knows that the active ingredient is scary.

To receive a registration number, the EPA has performed testing and examination to determine what the dangerous upper limits of exposure for humans are to that active ingredient. Then the labeling is approved based on directions, careful, warnings, etc. to presumably protect the public. Keep in mind the testing is done for 180-pound adult males… not for the toddler weighing 35 pounds being eaten alive by mosquitoes.

An EPA Registration Number on a pest control product method you are using something that is dangerous enough to require monitoring.

It truly gets worse…

Notice on EPA registered pest control product labels where it states the active ingredient and the percentage… then it states either idle, other or inert elements with their percentage. Well, what exactly are the idle, other or inert elements?

Nobody knows. idle elements are not already identified by the manufacturer or by the EPA. They are categorized as “Trade Secrets” and can be anything on the planet and no one is the wiser.

True story – many pet owners have been using identify drop treatments on their pets for years without issues. Then one year, thousands of pets in the US had chemical burns all down their back from the usual measure. What happened? The manufacturer changed the idle elements because they got something cheaper. Did they get into trouble for harming all these pets? NO! Because they were EPA registered!

The poster child for bad pest control is DEET. Sure, it is effective in repelling bugs, no doubt. But it also has a laundry list of side effects that would make you surprise why ANYONE would expose themselves to something so horrific!

Deet is proven to be responsible for certain health problems such as seizures, rashes, slurred speech, confusion, muscle twitching, and the worst is death. Proven. Numerous reports in 1995 showed clear evidence that DEET is unhealthy to humans. And it melts plastic – do you want that on your skin?!

however the CDC states people should use products with EPA approved elements. Hmmm…

Are you safe however?

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