Should you or shouldn’t you?
My last post about bees has my wheels turning. So I want to address Pesticides. After all, it is Earth Day!
Whether it’s in the family Hymenoptera, Coleoptera, Orthoptera or Dipter (or others), insects tend to be the class or animals that we suffer from the most (especially in warm regions and during the summer time).
So, should you or shouldn’t you use pesticides to control your annoying little friends?
This is a good question and one that deserves some time to answer.
Let’s talk about pesticides first of all.
1. Pesticides are meant to destroy LIFE. It doesn’t matter what kind of life, enough of any of it can kill almost anything.
2. Pesticides can be organic (preferred) or inorganic (not the best idea)
3. Pesticides can cause hormonal changes, birth defects, infertility, and cancer among other things.
4. Pesticides can cause more problems than you initially anticipate by causing more bug problems!
So lets talk about #1. If pesticides are meant to destroy life in many different stages, what in it within us, makes it ok for us to spray all over the places where we reside on a daily basis?
We not only spray pesticides on our food, in our homes, beds and offices, we also spray them in our Yards and over our water supplies.
It’s a double edge sword. Do you spray to keep mosquitoes away so your dogs don’t get heart worm or so you can avoid the West Nile Virus OR do you not spray and take the risk of suffering some sort of disease (there are many, passed on by insects)?
Using Pesticides should not be taken lightly. The destroy life….and you, of all things that matter, are very alive.
Now about #2 – Organic vs. Inorganic. Organic pesticides (like ditomacious Earth and sand) can be much safe alternatives to man made chemicals, albiet it depends on who is spreading the pesticide around and what precautions they take while doing so.
Even sand, if inhaled, can injure someone.
#3-Hormonal Changes? Yes! It has been documented. With cancer being a big buzz word for several years now, it’s now wonder we are finding more and more links to pesticides and these kinds of cellular discontent.
When we eat the cow, that eats the feed that was fertilized and protected by the pesticide……something is bound to happen.
#4. – Pesticide Resistance- The amazing thing about nature is that it evolves and cells that survive procreate. Eventually, the pesticide that was the limiting factor in a pest world becomes exempt from causing harm because the only survivors are the children of the children of the insect mom and pop that were lucky enough to have a genetic advantage and survived the pesticide.
You ever hear of the term “Super Bug”? It applies to bacteria and PESTS. Bacteria area cells and every living thing is made of cells. All of our cells on this Earth have the ability to be adapted to adversity, survive and thrive.
Being pesticide resistant give insects a huge advantage and empty your pockets with no remorse.
So what do we do in a world of pests? We learn to live and let live. There are physical and mechanical ways to get rid of pests where pesticides can be left to the wayside and no longer push artificial selection or evolution faster than it really needs to be.
I could go on and on about how pests and pests control can be handled but…I’ve got a family and I need to have something else to talk about next time!
For now, I’m off to watch my eldest go to prom in her first limo!