All Creatures Great and Small


We should avoid killing or injuring any songbird, or any birds whose principal food consists of insects. This could be all the species and varieties of birds represented by the several families of bluebirds, including the western and mountain bluebirds; also bobolinks, catbirds, chickadees, cuckoos, roadrunner, flickers, flycatchers, grosbeaks, hummingbirds, kinglets, martins, meadowlarks, nighthawks, nuthatches, orioles, robins, shrikes, swallows, swifts, tanagers, titmice, thrushes, vireos, warblers, waxwings, whippoorwills, woodpeckers, wrens, and all other perching birds which feed entirely or chiefly on insects.

When we spray pesticides, particularly synthetic pyrethroids, the birds may eat any insects that were killed by the pesticide.  It may not kill the birds directly, but it can certainly compromise their immune systems and cause them to not be able to reproduce.  Herbicides containing 2,4-D will also kill insects and endanger birds.  It is irresponsible for any government agency or commercial applicator to generically apply these pesticides and herbicides in areas where these birds live.  Pesticides should only be applied in cracks, crevices and voids where pests can be found and not just broadcast sprayed around a home or business.  Herbicides that contain 2,4-D should not be used at all on public property, nor should herbicides that contain glyphosate for other reasons.

Basically, what I am saying is that it is very important that all pesticide and herbicide applicators know all of the inhabitants of the areas where they want to apply insecticides and herbicides.  I would urge everyone that uses an exterminator to ask them if they are aware of all the songbirds, lizards and other animals in the area where they are spraying and can they guarantee none of them will be harmed.  If they are harmed, that is a violation of a law in some areas, such as New Mexico.

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About askthebugman

I have been in the pest management industry for over 40 years. In that time I have used almost every pesticide available to control so-called “pests”. With this experience, I have learned over the years that the pesticides we use are far more dangerous than the pests we are trying to control. As a result, it has become a passion for me to improve the quality of life for humans and the planet, by assisting people to not only become more educated and aware of their environment – but also by learning to manage their home and business with a sustainable and healthier approach to tending to unwanted infestations of bugs. Please enjoy my blog posts, check out my publications, utilize my services, or simply stay in touch if you have a bug question…


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