Another bad pest control story. Recently I got an email from a person in Albuquerque who was having some bug problems and she had her exterminator spray for them. He told her that even though he didn’t recognize the pest, he was spraying organic pesticides and it was harmless and should get rid of the pest. It didn’t so she sent me some specimens and told me the organic pesticide he used. It was Suspend SC, which is a synthetic pyrthretoid and not at all organic. The active ingredient is Deltamethrin and was 4.75% of the chemical. The rest was comprised of inert ingredients that are not safe. In many cases they have never even been tested. They are not even required to be listed on the label, so nobody even knows what chemicals they are exposed to. Even so, the active ingredient, Deltamethrin is not safe.
The bugs she sent are booklice. They feed on mold and fungi and all she has to do is look for areas where there may be some spilled, moldy food, or maybe a plumbing leak. It is reprehensible that a pest control company wouldn’t be able to identify the pest and then spray the house anyway with what they say is an “organic” pesticide. We really need better regulations when it comes to pesticide usage.
If you use an exterminator, and you rarely have to, make sure they can properly identify any pest you have. If they can’t, then call another company. If they say they are going to use organic pesticides, ask for a label first. An organic pesticide would have all the ingredients listed and they would primarily be plant based chemicals and it would be EPA Exempt meaning it wouldn’t have any Signal Words on the label (Caution, Warning, Danger are Signal Words on pesticide labels). Very few companies use real organic pesticides, but they like to say they do to generate business. I am not aware of any companies in New Mexico that only use organic pesticides. If you have any pest questions, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org