Say No To Pesticides

EPA warnings

Say no to pesticides

Say no to pesticides!

The EPA defines a pesticide as any substance used to “prevent, destroy, repel, or mitigate” any pest. The EPA warns us to use impermeable gloves, long pants and long-sleeved shirts when using pesticides. Furthermore, we’re not to use pesticides on windy days, around children or their toys, around pets, a pool, or the garden. We should cover food. And we should keep the products locked away from youngsters and teach them that pesticides are poisonous. Pesticides, they say, can poison through inhalation, tissue absorption or ingestion.

Pesticides kill unintended species

Say no to pesticides!

Every year as many as 60-70 million birds die from pesticides. It’s a staggering number, but considered by some researchers to be a conservative estimate. And, get this: most of it is unintended. How could this happen? Like this: Birds ingest residue when preening their feathers, they drink contaminated water, eat contaminated prey, mistake pesticide granules for seeds (a single granule of some pesticides is lethal to them), absorb them through their skin or inhale them. At least 40 active ingredients in pesticides kill birds.

Pesticides in your home: A case for reconsideration

Some outside pests inevitably manage to get inside your house. Like pesticides, they ride in or blow in, or they crawl in through what seems like impossibly small holes and cracks in your walls and foundation, or they may just march in through open doors and windows, like General Sherman taking Atlanta. Whichever, a typical response is to swat, stomp or spray them to death. But, there’s a safe alternative to this: catch and release outdoors.

Source: Welcome Wildlife

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