All Creatures Great and Small

Never use toxic pesticides


A federal court overruled the EPA which allowed the use of chlorpyrifos after it was banned during the Obama administration.  This is good.  Another court found Monsanto responsible when someone got lymphoma who used Roundup which contains glyphosate.  This is also good.  The problem with pesticide is that they are not properly tested before becoming available to the pesticide industry.  The EPA does not test pesticides.  When manufacturers produce pesticides, they test them and give the positive results to the EPA which accepts them.  Then after years of public exposure, many pesticides have been banned by the EPA because they have been proven dangerous.  DDT, chlordane, dieldrin are a few and there are many others.  Chlorpyrifos is now on the list and needs to be banned as well as glyphosate.

In reality, pesticide should be proven safe before they are allowed to be used.  Instead, they are allowed to be used until they are proven dangerous.  If pesticides were properly tested, it would take years before they could be diagnosed as safe and the pesticide industry doesn’t want to wait years before selling the products.  Safety is behind profit when pesticides are managed. There have been tests that have shown that synthetic pyrethroid pesticides that are very commonly used, can cause lymphoma and leukemia in children and can cause a pregnant woman to have an autistic baby.  Still, they are not banned yet.  They will be someday, but how many people are going to be affected before that happens.

There are safe pesticides that are natural and that do not contain inert ingredients, which can be toxic.  They are considered EPA Exempt pesticides.  Basically, if you use an exterminator, require that they use EPA Exempt pesticides only.  Do not let them use synthetic pyrethroids or any pesticide with a signal word on the label.  Signal words are CAUTION, WARNING and DANGER.  They are all toxic and should never be used in or around a house or business.  There are safe herbicides also, so never allow anyone to use Roundup, RangerPro or any herbicide with a signal word.  This is very important for government agencies and schools that use a lot of herbicides.  Also, only eat organic food. If it isn’t organic, it has been exposed to pesticides or herbicides.  Some people say organic food is more expensive.  When you figure in the possible medical bills when you eat non-organic foods, the organic foods are much less expensive.

There are many non-toxic methods of controlling pests without using toxic pesticides and I will help anyone that wants to go in that direction.  Email me at if you have any pest questions.  I will never recommend toxic pesticides or herbicides or rodenticides of any kind.  Why use toxic pesticides when duct tape, diatomaceous earth, and even beer will work in many cases?







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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