Our Pets Don't Need To Keep Getting Poisoned!
It’s absolutely disgusting and irresponsible that the large majority of the pest control industry is comfortable promoting products as “SAFE” when there are 1000’s of reported cases of humans and pets being harmed by Pyrethrin.
Synthetic Permethrin, Pyrethroids... Are they really safe?
Many companies will refer to these types of products as EPA Approved. The word "Approved" tends to imply a message of "Endorsement", right? Well the EPA is NOT providing an endorsement. These products are "REGISTERED" with the EPA as required by LAW and the EPA has approved the registration. NONE of these products are endorsed by the EPA and in our opinion anyone working in the pest control industry and saying such a thing is being sly and deceitful, especially due to the potential dangers of these products.
There are 1000's of cases of Pyrethrin / Permethrin based products causing injury, or even death to pets and even in rare cases, humans. Watch this must-see NBC investigative report:
Here are some facts that we know today:
- Most mosquito control companies are using a synthetic pyrethrin (pyrethroid) that contains the active ingredient: Bifenthrin. Bifenthrin is what kills the mosquitoes. Bifenthrin will also kill bees, fish and many other living creatures that could be found near your home.
- The labels of these Bifenthrin based products state warnings such as "Do not allow people or pets to walk on treated surfaces until the spray has completely dried."
- The U.S. EPA classifies Bifenthrin as a possible human carcinogen. This rating was based on studies in mice.
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According to the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC):
What is bifenthrin?
Bifenthrin is an insecticide in the pyrethroid family. Pyrethroids are manmade versions of pyrethrins, which come from chrysanthemum flowers.
What are some products that contain bifenthrin?
Products containing bifenthrin come in many forms, including sprays, granules, and aerosols. There are over 600 products containing bifenthrin available in the United States.
How does bifenthrin work?
Bifenthrin interferes with the nervous system of insects when they eat or touch it. It's more toxic to insects than it is to people because insects have lower body temperatures and smaller body size.
How might I be exposed to bifenthrin?
You could be exposed to bifenthrin if you touch it, eat it, or breathe it in. You may be exposed if you breathe in the spray mist during an application, or eat some of it if you smoked or ate without washing your hands after you applied a product.
What are some signs and symptoms from a brief exposure to bifenthrin?
When bifenthrin gets on the skin, it can cause tingling, itching, burning, or numbness at the site of contact. The sensations usually go away within 48 hours. Inhaling bifenthrin can irritate the nose, throat, and lungs. People who ate large amounts of bifenthrin experienced sore throat, nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting almost immediately.
Exposed pets may experience single-episode vomiting or diarrhea, reduced activity, twitching of the ear, paw flicking and increased drooling. Other signs can include hyperactivity followed by incoordination with diarrhea, depression, and dilated pupils. Some veterinarians have reported additional signs such as chewing, head bobbing, partial paralysis, and tremors.
Is bifenthrin likely to contribute to the development of cancer?
The U.S. EPA classifies bifenthrin as a possible human carcinogen. This rating was based on studies in mice.
Source, NPIC: http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/bifgen.html
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