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Take Care When Using Pesticides

June 22nd, 2015

Take Care When Using Pesticides

If you grow food, have a garden, or just generally don’t like bugs around, you’ve probably handled a pesticide.  Many are relatively safe, if used with precautions.  But pesticides, also known as insecticides, can be quite hazardous to humans.

In 2013, the poison control center in Pennsylvania received 1,125 cases of pesticide exposure from pyrethrin (the most common type), resulting in 176 individuals receiving treatment at a health care facility.  Most of these exposures could have been prevented with a few simple and sensible measures

Pyrethrins are easy to apply and typically purchased for quick removal of pests, but the problems with this common pesticide is often in how its stored rather than used.  To minimize exposure to these chemicals, remember the following tips:

Prevention goes a long way to keep pests away, so make sure screens are unblemished and secure and the cracks in your house don’t continue to invite bugs.

Keep standing water out of your yard, and use grout or steel wool to fill cracks that may lead from the outside in.

Remember that ninety-seven percent of insects are not pests, but are beneficial.  Know which bug you are trying to kill, and the best specific method.

Read the label before applying any insecticide and, once used, store in a locked area where children and pets cannot reach.

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