All Creatures Great and Small

Pesticides not necessary

There is no reason to have a pest control company spray pesticides in or around any schools. Pesticides are known to be dangerous to children. Generic spraying of baseboards or around the perimeter of a building to “prevent” pests is a gimmick and has no function at all. If you have a pest control company treating your public schools or charter schools, that is fine. But have them inspect the entire school system each month and only treat any areas where they find a pest infestation. If they find a black widow, centipede or scorpion, they can spray that particular bug. There is no need to spray other areas to “prevent” them from coming in. The school buildings should be inspected by the maintenance dept. and any areas where pests can get into a building should be sealed or screened. Possibly put door sweeps on doors that do not close tightly. Make sure that tree branches don’t touch the buildings and there is no litter laying on the ground.

A recent study shows that children exposed to pesticides in home or in schools are much more likely to develop leukemia or lymphoma.

So please cancel all unnecessary spraying of pesticides in any schools, day care centers and even residential homes where children live. Pests in the winter will be minimal and easy to control without using toxic pesticides.

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 your school uses an exterminator, they should 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 school or home where children live.  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.

One; pesticides are hazardous to people when they are misused and even in cases where they are properly used.  The most common pesticide group used are synthetic pyrethroids and studies have found that they can cause children to develop leukemia and lymphoma and they can cause pregnant women to have autistic children.  These pesticides are frequently sprayed along the baseboards in homes and businesses, which is ridiculous.

Two; pesticides when generically used outside will kill a lot of bugs and that will affect animals that eat insects.  Lizards and some mammals can get sick and so can many songbirds that eat insects. In fact, songbirds that eat insects are protected in NM and generically spraying pesticides can cause legal problems.  This includes all insect eating birds represented by the several families of bluebirds, including the western and mountain bluebirds; also bobolinks, catbirds, chickadees, cuckoos, which includes the chaparral bird or roadrunner,, flickers, flycatchers, grosbeaks, hummingbirds, kinglets, martins, meadowlarks, nighthawks or bull bats, 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.  Any of these birds could be impacted by destroying the environment where they live.

Three; herbicides that are generically used can be dangerous, particularly herbicides containing glyphosate.  This would include Roundup and RangerPro.  A person who used Roundup and was exposed to it developed cancer and sued Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup and won and was awarded $289 million.

Four: Pesticides are often used carelessly and they are very poorly regulated in many areas, including New Mexico.  There is no reason to use toxic pesticides to control most pests as there are plenty of non-toxic methods available.  Why used pesticides to control roaches when you can use boric acid baits and duct tape.  Why use pesticides to control ants as you can use various baits.

Five; pesticides are very destructive to the ecosystem.  Along with songbirds and other animals killed from eating insects killed by pesticides as mentioned above, the pesticides kill many beneficial insects as well.  How many bees are killed when pesticides are generically sprayed to kill mosquitoes?  Small birds in nests are killed and bats, which are very good at mosquito control are run out of the area.  Many herbicide applications kill beneficial plants as well as so-called weeds.  These beneficial “weeds” include plants that are good for bees, butterflies and other insects, and even some that are edible by humans. All invasive weeds that need to be controlled should be positively identified by the applicator.  In most cases, applicators have no idea what the identity of the “weeds’ they are spraying is.

Basically, toxic pesticides are nothing more than weapons of mass destruction and should never be used in schools, in medical facilities or in any public places.  They don’t need to be used in homes either.

I will help you anyway I can if you want to utilize safe and effective methods of pest management.  My email is





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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