A new study has arisen that claims it links pesticides to a triple threat of boys experiencing ADHD–specifically in hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Pyrethroid pesticides in particular were found to be the culprit, and this ingredient is found in many common household pesticides and over-the-counter methods for pest management. This link was also found to affect boys more than girls, leading to more hyperactive behavior in males. Because of this, many pesticides have been banned from household usage, leading to families wondering what they can use in the meantime to properly protect themselves from pest invasions.
Every family wants to protect itself against both pests and pesticides, though the two are quite intertwined. How can pests be dealt with without bringing in potentially toxic or otherwise harmful pesticides? And how can people defend themselves against possible side-effects of pesticides used in the home? Here are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself and children against pesticides.
Proper Pesticide Handling
1. Keep a Clean Property
Pests are often drawn to homes or commercial buildings where garbage and debris are allowed to build up. Remove contaminants and other trash in order to discourage pest invasions in the first place, and keep garbage distant from the property at all times. Keeping your property clean at all times is an excellent way to keep pests from being an issue from the beginning.
2. Determine True Pest Threats
Sometimes, people can think pests have developed in an area where just one or two encounters have occurred. This can lead to extreme pesticide use where more mitigated techniques might have sufficed. Determine the true extent of pest presence before resorting to pesticides. There may be many other alternatives to pest control rather than pesticides you may be able to take advantage of.
3. Employ Safe Pest Control
If you do end up using pesticides to deal with a pest control issue, be sure to follow the instructions without fail. Many pesticides can be toxic and need to be handled in a particular way. Read the instructions and employ them in the detailed manner in which they are stated.
4. Keep Safe Boundaries
If pesticides are being employed, make sure that any children, pets, or other vulnerables are kept far outside the application area. If they are never exposed to it, no problems might develop in the first place. Recognizing the extent of a pesticide’s influence is critical.
Contact EcoShield today to learn more about safe pesticide options.