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New York, Pesticides and Playing Fields

The New York state senate approved a measure to ban pesticides on school and day care playing fields. Grounds superintendents will have to use more organic strategies for taking care of the grass. A lot of schools utilize pesticides to destroy pests, bugs and weeds. However, a number of studies have indicated that exposure to pesticides can increase children’s’ risk for cancer. Pesticides can also exacerbate asthma and trigger seizures.

The bill still needs to get the approval of the assembly and the governor to become law. The Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Pete Grannis stated “pesticides should be kept away from kids.” He went on to say “if something is designed to kill, you have to wonder about its effects.”

The state of Connecticut passed a pesticide ban on school athletic fields that takes effect in July. Perhaps other states will consider passing a similar bill. By the way, school officials in New Jersey and New York City should also consider using bed bug detection dogs to search for bed bugs in the classrooms.

Biopesticides Increasing in Popularity

Natural pest killing products are becoming more popular with residents in NJ, NYC and all over the nation. Yes they are lethal, for example a soil-dwelling bacterium can fry the nervous systems of fire-ants. Popular insecticide manufactures are producing these products and they can be found at popular retail stores.

The products are made from materials such as plants, bacteria, animals and minerals. The popularity of these products has been powered by the governments scrutiny of pesticides for households use and the desire of consumers to use safer pesticides.

Yes, residents of NJ, NYC, the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan and perhaps Brooklyn can now kill carpenter ants, mosquitoes, slugs and other unwanted critters with natural products. The EPA has stated that biopesticides are typically “inherently less toxic” when compared to standard pesticides. They also decompose faster and thus less harmful to the environment.

Unfortunately, I have not seen a natural product that is highly effective at killing bedbugs. Sure, you could smash them with a zucchini but it get tiresome and it might look silly.

If you have NJ, NYC, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan or Brooklyn bed bugs ask a NJ, NYC bed bugs pest control professional to destroy them.

Raccoons, Meat Balls and Exploding Bug Bombs

A lot of people use pesticides around their house for a variety of purposes.  Pesticides include products such as mold and mildew cleaners, weed killers and chemicals utilized for pools.  Sometimes serious blunders occur which have serious consequences.

A woman placed some grainy pesticides into some meat balls. Her goal was to entice the raccoons that were giving her problems to gobble up the chemicals. The suspicious raccoons refused to eat the treats. She placed the meat balls in the freezer and the unsuspecting husband  had them for a meal. Fortunately, the hospital staff was able to save him. Perhaps it’s best to let professionals handle raccoons in an appropriate manner.

A man placed bug bombs on top of his gas stove. The aerosol was ignited by the stove’s pilot light. The man was surprised when he noticed blown out windows , walls pushed out of position and serious roof damage. It’s very important  to turn off  all ignition sources before using bug bombs. 

According to my abacus the man would have be in a significantly better financial situation  if he had obtained the services of a professional exterminator. When his wife came home he sighed and  said to his wife “Oops, would you like a Pepsi?” Well, I’m joking. Be safe and consider using professionals.

Bed Bugs Provided with Resistance by Nature

The notion that insects only become resistant to chemical types of insecticides is unfortunately a myth.  Insects have shown resistance to all types of pesticides they just don’t boast about their accomplishments. It’s not that bed bugs and other insects are clever but rather nature seems to find ways to keep the little critters from being vanished from the world. 

Metabolic resistance is the preferred defense with insects. The bed bugs and other little critters that have received this gift from nature, detoxify the potent chemicals by utilizing their enzyme systems. They don’t even have to read a manual to accomplish the complicated task. Some biological, organic and inorganic pesticides can destroy the vast majority of a given insect population but as with their chemical cohorts they meet resistance by a  small group of stubborn insects.

Behavioral resistance has saved a small percentage of bed bugs and other insects from powerful insecticides. Some beg bugs see a red flag when confronted by a particular insecticide and may avoid death by staying away from it. 

Insects have developed resistance to heat, cold, starvation and other environmental factors. Some robust bed bugs can live for a year and a half without having a meal. Resistance has been offered by nature and unfortunately accepted by some bed bugs.