How to handle pesticides properly?
Pesticides are used to eliminate cockroaches, flies, fleas, bedbugs, mosquitoes and other insects and pests, especially in public areas.
They are poisonous chemicals that have been deliberately produced to be added to our environment and they continue to be used for two main reasons – they are big business and they at least appear to be successful in achieving their end result (although we generally end up with much more than bargained, despite only finding this out much later).
Pesticides have only one purpose, that of ridding us of the inconvenience of co-existing with insects although this can be done in a much healthier way to our general wellbeing and fertility. Pesticides are toxic and dangerous but have spread to every corner of the globe. The groundwater, surface water, soil, snow, rain, fog, and even the air we breathe are contaminated by them.
Residue from commonly available pesticides has been found to have harmful effects on the multitude of animal species on our planet. Just as disturbing is their harmful effect on mothers, the developing foetus, infants and children. Prospective mothers who are frequently exposed to the chemicals contained in the average pesticide product increase their risk of infertility, birth defects and miscarriage. Studies have also discovered connections between pesticide use and childhood leukaemia.
Despite the dangers of chemical pesticides (used for agricultural and/or household purposes), we know very little about their contents. Even the products you find on the shelves of your local garden centre do not legally have to be labelled with every ingredient they contain.
Even though we may not be aware of their presence, harmful chemicals surround us. They are used in our parks, the stores we visit, the fields where our food is grown, and even our homes.
Did you know that antibacterial soaps and dishwashing liquids are listed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as pesticides?
The key is to protect yourself, through making the very best choices you can—not to use these and other chemicals, since dangers may also arise from pesticide use by neighbours, nearby plantations and local councils. To protect your health and fertility as well as that of your family, including the environment, education is essential. Understanding the risks and alternatives is the first place to start.
Symptoms of Pesticide Exposure
(Certainly not a comprehensive list)
Central Nervous System disorders
Changes in heart rate
Death (in extreme cases)
Elevated blood pressure
Immune deficiency disorders
Infertility (male and female)
Irritations to skin, eyes, nose and throat
Liver function impairment
Multiple chemical sensitivities
Muscle twitches and spasms
Soreness of joints
Tightness in chest
So, you have some pesky pests hanging around… and you don’t want to use conventional pest control, but also don’t know what else to do?
Here are 3 recipes of alternative pesticides that will save the day!
1. Cockroach Motel
1 cup sugar
1 cup boric acid
Shelf life: Indefinite
Storage: Glass jar with tightly fitting lid
In a glass jar, combine sugar and boric acid. Secure lid and shake vigorously to blend.
Shake about 1 tablespoon of the mixture into a shallow dish or cockroach box (see directions for making one below). Place in areas frequented by cockroaches such as behind kitchen appliances and under sinks.
Mix 1 teaspoon boric acid with about 1 teaspoon of chocolate shavings.
Note: Keep out of the reach of children and pets to avoid accidental ingestion.
To make a cockroach box: Cut a small hole at each end of a match box (or other small box). Cockroaches enter through the holes in the box and eat the bait.
2. Mice Drink Up!
3. Herbal Oil Insect Repellent
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (e.g. almond, olive, jojoba)
15 drops of your favourite essential oil or oil combination (eg Geranium, Basil, Lemon Balm, Citronella, Peppermint)*
Shelf life: Indefinite
Storage: Glass jar or bottle with lid
Combine vegetable oil and your essential oils in a glass jar, secure lid, and shake vigorously to blend.
Using hands or a soft cloth, rub the mixture onto exposed body parts to repel insects.*Be aware of using essential oils directly on the skin if you are pregnant. Consult your health care practitioner.
Enjoy these natural ways to keep you and your home pest free!
Excerpted from Protecting Your Fertility: The Dangers of Conventional Pest Control Exposed by Gabriela Rosa with hundreds of effective recipes to control the most persistent pests. Get your copy now!
Always remember to apply safety when handling any types of pesticides.