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After World War II, science and industry began to manufacture an amazing array of chemicals never before seen in the natural world.


It is becoming apparent that many of these chemicals are unproven as to their effect on the ecology of our planet and the health of our children.


These chemicals are cascading through our water, soil, air and into our bodies at an alarming rate.

The Hazards of Common Pesticides

Note: Facts Taken From EPA Data Files.

Fact: According to the EPA 5 billion lbs. of pesticides are applied annually to US lawns & homes.


Fact: Over 98% of sprayed insecticides reach a destination other than their targeted species.


Fact: According to the EPA, 95% of the pesticides routinely used on residential lawns are carcinogens.


Fact: A recent study found that 109 out of 110 children had pesticides in their urine.

To find out more on lawn pesticides & herbicides, see: Poison in the Grass on the internet.

Note: Pesticides have a common name, like “Raid” and contain an “active ingredient” which is the man-made molecule that actually kills the insect. Below are three “active ingredients” that comprise perhaps 90% of the pesticide products used today.

Active Ingredient: Fipronil

Chemistry: This is a brand new class of chemistry called phenyl pyrazoles. In chemistry, a pyrazole is a five-sided molecular ring. In this case the ring is made of three carbon atoms and two nitrogen atoms. What they’ve done is bind chlorine & fluorine atoms to this ring and sent it out into the world like Frankenstein. Both chlorine & fluorine are diatomic, yellowish-green, poisonous gases. They were commonly referred to as “nerve gas” in World War I. Both of these elements combine readily with living tissue.


Products containing:  Fipronil

    •        Termidor™  Insecticide

    •        Termidor™ Termiticide

    •        Frontline Plus™ for Dogs

    •        Frontline Plus™ for cats

    •        Maxforce™ & Combat™ Home Insecticides

    •        Top Choice™ Fire Ant Granules, (schools get a "Buy two get the third one free"

              on 50lb. bags).


Hazards of Fipronil

    •        Classified as a probable carcinogen by the EPA

    •        Disrupts thyroid function in animals

    •        Damaging to the skin of animals

    •        Highly toxic to baby birds

    •        Highly toxic to non-target insects & arthropods

    •        Main chemical cited for “colony collapse disorder” in bees

    •        Highly toxic to fish, frogs and other aquatic organisms

Active Ingredient: Imidicloprid

Chemistry: Imidicloprid is currently the most widely used insecticide in the world. This is another new chemistry in the Class neonicotinoids, and cutely referred to in the industry as “Nicky’s”. What they’ve with done is taken nicotine sulfides and bound them to the six-sided carbon ring, (which is the very building brick of life), in a string of complicated heterocyclic compounds. The type of chemical bonding used makes it easy for animals to absorb this poison.  As if that wasn’t bad enough they added some chlorine gas, (a.k.a. the nerve gas of World War I), to the nicotine making it even lethal. DDT was a chlorinated hydrocarbon; this new beauty is chlorinated nicotine.


Products containing Imidicloprid:

    •        Temprid™ Insecticide

    •        Premise™ Termiticide

    •        Merit™ Insecticide Lawn Granules

    •        Advantage™ Flea Treatment for Dogs

    •        Advantage™ Flea Treatment for Cats


Hazards of Imidicloprid

    •        Classified as a probable carcinogen by the EPA

    •        Causes abnormal organ growth in animals

    •        Damaging to the skin of animals

    •        Highly toxic to baby birds

    •        Highly toxic to non-target insects & arthropods

    •        Another chemical cited for “colony collapse disorder” in bees

    •        Highly toxic to fish, frogs and other aquatic organisms

Active Ingredients: Synthetic Pyrethroids

Chemistry: This is the chemistry that has replaced the organophosphates like Dursban™ that have been banned for use in the home. These chemicals are roughly based on the natural insecticide pyrethrum which is produced naturally by certain flowers.

Natural pyrethrum contains six different esters that have insecticidal activity. Collectively, these six esters are known as pyrethrums. Synthetic pyrethrins are manmade chemicals based on the natural pyrethrins. Although there are many different kinds of synthetic pyrethrins, (always look for a –thrin ending on the name of the active ingredient, such as deltamethrin, cypermethrin, etc.).


These man-made chemicals often contain, piper butyl butoxide technical, or PBO, a which s a very powerful, known carcinogen, (and actually a product made from sesame seeds). However, the main problem with synthetic pyrethrins is that chemically they act to mimic the female hormone estrogen. The fear is that long term exposure to pyrethrins could lead to abnormal cell growth, (cancer) in female breasts and even the development of breasts in men.


Synthetic Pyrethroids

Products containing Synthetic Pyrethrins:

    •        Bio Spot™ Flea Dip for Dogs & Cats

    •        Earth Options™ Insect Killer for the Home & Garden

    •        Talstar™ Lawn Granules

    •        Talstar™ Termiticide

    •        Bayer Advanced™ Home Pest Spray

    •        Bedlam™ Bedbug Spray


Hazards of Synthetic Pyrethrins:

    •        Many products contain “PBO”, a known carcinogen

    •        Mimics natural estrogen and possibly could cause abnormal tissue growth.

    •        Massive overuse is creating “resistance” in targeted insects

    •        Highly toxic to baby birds

    •        Highly toxic to non-target insects & arthropods

    •        Highly toxic to fish, frogs and other aquatic organisms

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