Top 10 Reasons NOT to use pesticides. Part 2 of 2 6. Conventional pesticides are hazardous to pets. Pet poisonings occur frequently, and exposure to lawncare conventional pesticides is associated with a higher risk of cancer in dogs. Read more by award winning author Jan Rasmusen because she says it best , ” We purposefully apply insecticides to kill fleas and ticks. Surely, none of us would rub poison between our children’s shoulder blades, or bathe them in poisons, but when it comes to pets, we trustingly accept the “wisdom” of advertisers and flea-and-tick product vendors. “ She’s right too. The best flea control for dogs is treating them with a safe flea treatment. 7. Conventional pesticides contaminate water and air. Monitoring studies find conventional pesticides in almost every sample that is tested. 50 river basins around the country found that conventional“pesticides” were detected in every water sample from every stream sampled", says a recent study. the U.S. Geological Survey found the common insecticide malathion contaminated over 80 percent of the air samples analyzed. Over 60 percent of the samples were contaminated with the common herbicide 2,4-D. 8. Conventional pesticides are hazardous to fish and birds. Enormous quantities of conventional pesticides determined by the EPA to cause problems for fish and birds are used in the U.S. Of course, with the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico at this moment, you may ponder why it matters. That’s why it matters. Humans have caused serious environmental issues that are out of control. Of the most common conventional pesticides known to effect birds and fish, a modest calculation of over 490 million pounds are applied in the USA per year. 9. Conventional pesticides are immensely profitable for the corporations who manufacture them, yet these corporations perform or sponsor the tests used to determine their safety. This potential for immense profits creates a conflict of interest because our regulatory system requires conventional pesticide manufacturers themselves to provide the data showing that their product does not have “unreasonable adverse effects on the environment.” By the way, Global Pesticide sales are anticipated to exceed $73 billion by 2013. To learn more about the conventional pesticides used everyday around you, your children and pets, visit our conventionalPesticides Facts page. 10. Conventional pesticides have too many secrets. Where are conventional pesticides used in our communities? When? How much? What’s in them? We almost never have good answers to these questions. If you’ve ever tried to get information about the conventional pesticides being used in your community, you know that this kind of information is almost impossible to obtain. EPA calls its own estimates of conventional pesticide use “approximate” at best. Journal of Pesticide Reform explains some Pesticides Basics. A profound article by Caroline Cox covers the Top 10 Reasons Not to use Pesticides. Part 2 of 2. To learn more about effective, alternative pest control, visit our Pest Control page.