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Are All Insecticides Safe?

Insecticides and pesticides are created to kill insects and pests. Unfortunately, most are made with strong chemicals that can harm people and their pets as well as the environment. There are alternatives to using harmful chemicals.

Following Directions

Most insecticides that are on the market today are advertised as not to be harmful to humans or pets. You must use caution and follow the directions very carefully. Chemicals are never completely safe.

Harmful Effects

Certain people may be more sensitive to the chemicals in insecticides than others. These products can cause severe respiratory problems especially in people that have asthma or other chronic breathing problems. Babies can also have a reaction if the chemicals are used near them. It can also cause irritation to the eyes, nose and throat.

Many insecticides can cause skin irritations. There could be red bumps, a rash or even a burning sensation where the chemicals came in contact with the skin. It’s best to wear latex gloves when using a chemical insecticide.

Other health issues have been linked to the use of insecticides. Reports of Central Nervous System damage have resulted in convulsions, coma and death.
Pesticides that are used in gardens and on other plants are very dangerous as well. The pesticides leach into our ground water and into lakes, rivers and oceans. This contaminates our water supply and our source of seafood. Pesticide residue is found on fruits and vegetables purchased from major grocery stores.

Are There Safer Ways?

There are definitely safer options available. Many professional exterminators have been doing away with chemical insecticides and opting to use plant based products. One of the widest used safe insecticides is called eugenol oil. Eugenol oil is made from cinnamon, cloves and bay.

Once the oil is sprayed on the insect, the bug will die. Although eugenol oil will immediately kill it, there is no residual killing effects. This product can be used on almost any kind of bug including roaches, wasps, termites and spiders. Eugenol oil also can be used to kill weeds safely.

This oil is very safe for humans to use. Unless it is taken internally, it will not harm your family or your pets. Eugenol oil is eco-friendly as it doesn’t hurt the environment.

There are tons of homemade pesticide recipes that will get rid of bugs on your houseplants and in your outside gardens. Most of them are made with things in your kitchen. One simple way to repel insects from your plants is to pour hot sauce on a cotton ball. Just place the cotton ball in the planter and the bugs will scatter. Easy and non-toxic pesticide alternatives are a safe way to keep your plants healthy without harming people or the planet.

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