Conventional pest control works but at a price! Synthetic pesticides contaminate soil, air, water sources, and any plant or animal life that it comes in contact with. There are deadly consequences that reach far beyond its original source.
Synthetic Pest Control Issues
Synthetic insecticides mainly affect the environment in three ways:
• Acquired immunity: after a time synthetic insecticides diminish soil nutrients causing farmers and home-owners to use fertilizers. In this same way, insects build up a resistance to these chemicals requiring more frequent applications, a stronger mixture, or a more harsh treatment to be used;
• Broad spectrum toxicity: these treatments exterminate not only the nuisance insects you are targeting (i.e. ants, mosquitoes, fleas) but also beneficial insects (lady bugs, honey bees, lizards, etc.). This treatment creates the future problem of beneficial insects avoiding your yard, and they are one of nature’s best control mechanisms.
• Generational hazardous impact: even though it appears that they have lost their effectiveness synthetic chemicals can remain hazardous for years; their contamination of the air, soil and water supplies may diminish over time but it is still there and it is still harmful to everything here.
Synthetic insecticides mainly affect human health in three ways:
• Skin contact: during application, touching treated areas, and reactivation;
• Inhalation: during application, and;
• Ingestion: drinking contaminated water, eating fruits and vegetables that have not been properly washed or have absorbed the chemicals into their content, and eating contaminated fish or seafood.