Many pests invade our lives, irritating people like bullies, but we have to learn to live with them. The pests we can take action to destroy or prevent are organisms such as insects, mice, weeds, or other microorganisms such as bacteria or viruses. Pesticides are chemicals we use to kill these living organisms that can cause diseases.
Some examples of pesticides we use in our home are: Mosquito, flea and tick sprays. Lawn and garden products to kill weeds and insects. Mildew removers. Some swimming pool chemicals. It’s important to understand that many of these chemicals are toxic, which means they may be harmful to the environment, to people and animals if they are inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through the skin.
At the same time, pesticides are useful to society because they help to control disease. Experts are still debating and regulating the hazards and the risks. Find a balance between controlling pests and using chemicals.
A few suggestions are:
- Rinse your food thoroughly and buy organic produce when you can.
- Do not leave food out and clean cobwebs to avoid insects.
- Use the least invasive, natural form of insect control such as fly paper instead of insect spray.