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Pesticides, herbicides and fungicides are toxic by design. They are designed to kill, reduce or repel insects, weeds, rodents, fungi or other organisms. Regretfully there are chemicals that kill just one specific species. This holds true for organic pesticides and herbicides as well. Organic pesticides that target mosquitos or ticks, kill beneficial insects as well.
If you work with landscaping chemicals you should know:
most likely due to pesticide use.
The Risk to Humans
The health risks of pesticide use are debated. Scientist argue on what should be considered safe or not. Here is what we know:
Long term pesticide exposure
A growing body of epidemiologic and animal data and research studies suggests a link between long-term pesticide exposure and:
Cancer, allergies, endocrine disruption.
Pesticides and Children
Children are especially at risk, due to their size and developing brain. How do children get in contact with pesticides?
Healthy Yards don't need Pesticides
The simple fact is, if you plant plants, shrubs and trees in the right place you will not need pesticides. If pest investations are recurring you should question yourself why this plant or tree is so susceptable? Maybe it is time to replace that species with another one, that will do better in that area.
Pesticides and Wildlife
Insects and wildlife can be impacted by pesticides through direct or indirect applications, such as pesticide drift, secondary poisoning, runoff into local water bodies, and groundwater contamination. It is possible that some animals could be sprayed directly, while others consume plants or prey that have been exposed to pesticides. Exposure to pesticides can also alter an organism’s behavior, impacting its ability to survive. Many deformations have been found after exposure to hormone-mimicking pesticides classified as endocrine disruptors. Reproductive abnormalities have been observed in mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and mollusks at levels considered “safe” by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).