Do you really know what’s in that can of bug spray you’re keeping under the sink? If you got it out and took a look at the list of ingredients, you might find some hard to pronounce words, like:

  • Alachlor
  • Aldicarb Sulfoxide
  • Simazine
  • Carbofuran
  • Ethylene Dibromide
  • Oxamyl

You might also find initials for much longer chemical names and other ingredients that spellcheckers would have a heyday with. So what are all these compounds that are designed to kill those creepy crawlies who have decided to infest your home? Are they toxic? And if they are, are they toxic to you, too?

There Was An Old Lady…

Pesticides are toxic; they couldn’t kill bugs if they weren’t. But killing your bugs shouldn’t kill you. There’s no nursery rhyme about the old lady who swallowed the can of bug spray. There is one about the old lady who swallowed a spider (“that wriggled and wiggled and jiggled inside her”) because spiders kill flies in a non-toxic way. Now, we may never know why she swallowed the fly, but we can see the wisdom in her choice of pest management.

Problems with Common Pesticides

Common pesticides contain both active and inert ingredients. Inert ingredients are included in pesticide compounds to improve the pest killing ability without increasing the active ingredient. They can also decrease the time it takes to apply the pesticide. They comprise up to 90 percent of the total pesticide. The problem is that these chemicals can be just as toxic to humans as the active ingredients.

Absorbing these chemicals can cause immune problems, asthma, allergic reactions, eye irritation, interfere with sleep and digestion, and contribute to many other maladies. This is even more dangerous to children because they absorb toxins faster than adults because of their higher metabolisms. The chemicals remain in their systems longer due to their continuing liver and kidney development. The longer the toxic substances remain, the more they can hinder development and create health problems.

Integrated Pest Management

One of the best ways to control bug populations and avoid the toxic chemicals of over-the-counter bug sprays is to seek a pest control company that utilizes Integrated Pest Management.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, this is “an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that … is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.”

By focusing on the latest scientific data about the life cycles of the pests, safer means of pest control, and more natural ingredients, you can rid your home of bugs without getting sick (no spider-swallowing necessary.) Call YES Pest Pros today to find out more about our Integrated Pest Management and what we can do for you.