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Pesticides’ Impact on Indoor Air Quality

On this page:

  • Overview
  • Sources of Pesticides
  • Health Effects
  • Levels in Homes
  • Steps to Reduce Exposure
  • Standards or Guidelines
  • Additional Resources


Pesticides are chemicals that are used to kill or control pests which include bacteria, fungi and other organisms, in addition to insects and rodents. Pesticides are inherently toxic.

According to a recent survey, 75 percent of U.S. households used at least one pesticide product indoors during the past year. Products used most often are insecticides and disinfectants. Another study suggests that 80 percent of most people’s exposure to pesticides occurs indoors and that measurable levels of up to a dozen pesticides have been found in the air inside homes.

The amount of pesticides found in homes appears to be greater than can be explained by recent pesticide use in those households; other possible sources include:

  • contaminated soil or dust that floats or is tracked in from outside
  • stored pesticide containers
  • household surfaces that collect and then release the pesticides

Pesticides used in and around the home include products to control:

  • insects (insecticides)
  • termites (termiticides)
  • rodents (rodenticides)
  • fungi (fungicides)
  • microbes (disinfectants)

They are sold as sprays, liquids, sticks, powders, crystals, balls and foggers.

In 1990, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reported that some 79,000 children were involved in common household pesticide poisonings or exposures. In households with children under five years old, almost one-half stored at least one pesticide product within reach of children.

EPA registers pesticides for use and requires manufacturers to put information on the label about when and how to use the pesticide. It is important to remember that the “-cide” in pesticides means “to kill”. These products can be dangerous if not used properly.

In addition to the active ingredient, pesticides are also made up of ingredients that are used to carry the active agent. These carrier agents are called “inerts” in pesticides because they are not toxic to the targeted pest; nevertheless, some inerts are capable of causing health problems.

National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)

EPA sponsors the NPIC (800) 858-PEST/800-858-7378 to answer your questions about pesticides and to provide selected EPA publications on pesticides.

Sources of Pesticides

  • Products used to kill household pests (insecticides, termiticides and disinfectants)
  • Products used on lawns and gardens that drift or are tracked inside the house

Pesticides are classed as semi-volatile organic compounds and include a variety of chemicals in various forms.

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Health Effects

Exposure to pesticides may result in

  • Irritation to eye, nose and throat
  • damage to central nervous system and kidney
  • increased risk of cancer

Symptoms may include

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • muscular weakness
  • nausea

Chronic exposure to some pesticides can result in damage to the:

  • liver
  • kidneys
  • endocrine and nervous systems

Both the active and inert ingredients in pesticides can be organic compounds; therefore, both could add to the levels of airborne organics inside homes. Both types of ingredients can cause the type of effects discussed in Household Chemicals/Products. However, as with other household products, there is insufficient understanding at present about what pesticide concentrations are necessary to produce these effects.

  • Read more about effects caused by Volatile Organic Compounds

Exposure to high levels of cyclodiene pesticides, commonly associated with misapplication, has produced various symptoms, including:

  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • muscle twitching
  • weakness
  • tingling sensations
  • nausea

In addition, EPA is concerned that cyclodienes might cause long-term damage to the liver and the central nervous system, as well as an increased risk of cancer.

There is no further sale or commercial use permitted for the following cyclodiene or related pesticides: chlordane, aldrin, dieldrin and heptachlor. The only exception is the use of heptachlor by utility companies to control fire ants in underground cable boxes.

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Levels in Homes

Preliminary research shows widespread presence of pesticide residues in homes.

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Steps to Reduce Exposure

  • Use strictly according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Mix or dilute outdoors.
  • Apply only in recommended quantities.
  • Increase ventilation when using indoors. Take plants or pets outdoors when applying pesticides/flea and tick treatments.
  • Use non-chemical methods of pest control where possible.
  • If you use a pest control company, select it carefully.
  • Do not store unneeded pesticides inside home; dispose of unwanted containers safely.
  • Store clothes with moth repellents in separately ventilated areas, if possible.
  • Keep indoor spaces clean, dry and well ventilated to avoid pest and odor problems.

Read the label and follow the directions. It is illegal to use any pesticide in any manner inconsistent with the directions on its label.

Unless you have had special training and are certified, never use a pesticide that is restricted to use by state-certified pest control operators. Such pesticides are simply too dangerous for application by a non-certified person. Use only the pesticides approved for use by the general public and then only in recommended amounts; increasing the amount does not offer more protection against pests and can be harmful to you and your plants and pets.

Ventilate the area well after pesticide use.

Mix or dilute pesticides outdoors or in a well-ventilated area and only in the amounts that will be immediately needed. If possible, take plants and pets outside when applying pesticides/flea and tick treatments.

Use non-chemical methods of pest control when possible.

Since pesticides can be found far from the site of their original application, it is prudent to reduce the use of chemical pesticides outdoors as well as indoors. Depending on the site and pest to be controlled, one or more of the following steps can be effective:

  • use of biological pesticides, such as Bacillus thuringiensis, for the control of gypsy moths
  • selection of disease-resistant plants
  • frequent washing of indoor plants and pets

Termite damage can be reduced or prevented by making certain that wooden building materials do not come into direct contact with the soil and by storing firewood away from the home. By appropriately fertilizing, watering and aerating lawns, the need for chemical pesticide treatments of lawns can be dramatically reduced.

If you decide to use a pest control company, choose one carefully.

Ask for an inspection of your home and get a written control program for evaluation before you sign a contract. The control program should list specific names of pests to be controlled and chemicals to be used; it should also reflect any of your safety concerns. Insist on a proven record of competence and customer satisfaction.

Dispose of unwanted pesticides safely.

If you have unused or partially used pesticide containers you want to get rid of, dispose of them according to the directions on the label or on special household hazardous waste collection days. If there are no such collection days in your community, work with others to organize them.

Keep exposure to moth repellents to a minimum.

One pesticide often found in the home is paradichlorobenzene, a commonly used active ingredient in moth repellents. This chemical is known to cause cancer in animals, but substantial scientific uncertainty exists over the effects, if any, of long-term human exposure to paradichlorobenzene. EPA requires that products containing paradichlorobenzene bear warnings such as “avoid breathing vapors” to warn users of potential short-term toxic effects. Where possible, paradichlorobenzene and items to be protected against moths, should be placed in trunks or other containers that can be stored in areas that are separately ventilated from the home, such as attics and detached garages. Paradichlorobenzene is also the key active ingredient in many air fresheners (in fact, some labels for moth repellents recommend that these same products be used as air fresheners or deodorants). Proper ventilation and basic household cleanliness will go a long way toward preventing unpleasant odors.

Integrated Pest Management

If chemicals must be used, use only the recommended amounts, mix or dilute pesticides outdoors or in an isolated well ventilated area, apply to unoccupied areas, and dispose of unwanted pesticides safely to minimize exposure.

  • See Integrated Pest Management in Schools
  • See the Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools guidance on IPM – IAQ Reference Guide – Appendix K – Integrated Pest Managment

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Standards or Guidelines

No air concentration standards for pesticides have been set, however, EPA recommends Integrated Pest Management, which minimizes the use of chemical pesticides. Pesticide products must be used according to application and ventilation instructions provided by the manufacturer.

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Additional Resources

EPA’s Citizen’s Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety (PDF) (53 pp, 4.17 MB, About PDF)

Managing Pests in Schools. Designed to encourage school officials to adopt IPM practices for reducing children’s exposure to pesticides; includes information on how to start a program, success stories and funding.

Integrated Pest Management in Schools ExitUniversity of Florida, National Integrated Pest Management Network website for parents, teachers, administrators, and pest managers providing technical information, management practices, presentations, teaching curricula, a message board, and an IPM list serve.

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Take the pesticide-free pledge!

Pesticides harm more than the weeds and pests they’re designed to kill. Your commitment to a safe and healthy environment makes a difference. Take the pledge to go pesticide-free today!

The Problem:

Pesticides can be found in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. They are found in our soil and even in our breast milk. These pesticides are the only toxic substances released intentionally into our environment to kill living things: to kill weeds (herbicides), insects (insecticides), fungi (fungicides), rodents (rodenticides), and others. They are used almost everywhere — not only in agricultural fields, but also in homes, parks, schools, lakes, forests, and roads.

Since the publication of Rachel Carson’s landmark 1962 book Silent Spring, which reveals the horrifying impacts of pesticides like DDT, scientists are continually discovering new and disturbing ways that pesticides threaten our environment and our health.


Pesticides are incredibly harmful to human health. Pesticides have been proven to cause reproductive and developmental effects, cancer, kidney and liver damage, endocrine disruption, etc. People are exposed to pesticides when they breathe air where pesticides have been sprayed, drink contaminated water, or come into contact with areas where pesticides have been used, such as lawns, parks, lakes and more.

Children, whose bodies are still developing, are particularly vulnerable. They take in pesticides at home and daycare and at schools and playgrounds, as kids are more likely to crawl on the ground and put their contaminated hands in their mouths. Research shows that children are even exposed to pesticides in utero. One of these pesticides, chlorpyrifos, has been found to cause irreversible brain damage in infants when they are exposed to the insecticide during this period.

  • South Portland, Maine: Toxics Action Center helped Protect South Portland pass one of the strongest pesticides restrictions in the country, an ordinance banning the use of harmful pesticides. The ordinance has come into effect in the City over three years, starting in Spring 2017 with City property, then in 2018 with residential property, and finally in 2019 with golf courses.

Children ages 6-11 nationwide have significantly higher levels of pesticide residues in their bodies than all other age categories.

People and families working on and living near industrial farms are some of the most at-risk populations of these health problems and are some of the least protected workers in the US. Farmworkers often suffer from short-term effects such as blindness, coma, and death as well as long-term effects like infertility, birth defects, and cancer.

  • Champlain Valley, Vermont: We worked with residents to successfully limit the spraying of pesticides to control mosquitos on farms, schools and waterways. By transitioning to safer, nontoxic methods, residents worked to ensure this toxic spraying no longer threatened their community.

Food Systems:

Pesticides can also contaminate our food, harm pollinators, and threaten our ecosystems. Pesticides, specifically neonicotinoids (or neonics), are killing the pollinators we depend on to support our food systems: bees, butterflies, bats, hummingbirds, moths, other insects, and even lizards and small mammals.

  • With Toxics Action Center’s support, more than 65 garden retailers made commitments to restrict the use of pesticides, including major national and international companies like Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart, Costco, and True Value.

Corporate Profit:

Pesticides are immensely profitable for the corporations who manufacture them. The chemical industry is led by powerful corporations that market pesticides as solutions when they are clearly not the answer. Meanwhile, these corporations are doubling down on trying to stifle research and pressuring the U.S. administration to scrap studies about the harms of pesticides.

The Solution:

The real solution to our pest and weed problems lies in non-toxic and cultural methods, not in pulling the pesticide trigger. Organically grown foods and sustainable methods of pest control are key to our families’ health and the health of the environment. At Toxics Action Center, we work with communities to implement these methods. Our community goals include:

  • Reducing pesticide use
  • Fighting for the right to know who is using chemicals, where, when, how, what pesticides are being used, and why
  • Protecting our communities, workers, and children
  • Pushing for better testing
  • Ensuring the health of our pollinators and food systems

Solutions for Pesticide-Free Communities:

Here are some helpful resources to ensure your community is pesticide-free.

Protecting Pollinators
We rely on bees to fertilize most crops. No bees means no food. Learn what you can do in your community to protect pollinators.

Pesticide-free Playing Fields
Outdoor recreation shouldn’t be a health hazard! Children spend much of the day outdoors at school. When treated with chemical pesticides, playing fields are among the highest sources of toxics exposure for kids.

Chemical-free Lawncare
Pesticides are not necessary for lawn care. Learn how you can maintain a healthy lawn.

Non-toxic Lake Management
Pesticides interfere with the survival of aquatic life by contaminating food sources, and small changes can impact the entire food chain and environment. Learn more about keeping lakes safe from pesticides.

Toxins in the Garden
Science shows that pesticide use puts family and community health at risk. Learn how you can keep your garden healthy.

Want to Make a Difference in Massachusetts?

Toxics Action Center has teamed up with other environmental groups in Massachusetts to create the Massachusetts Local Pesticide Action Network “All Cides” Campaign. By learning from one another, sharing resources and tactics, and connecting to create a powerful movement across the state, we can safeguard our clean air and clean water as well as protect the health of humans, pollinators, and wildlife.

To learn more, contact us at [email protected]

When Is The Best Time To Spray For Bugs

April 11, 2019

Pests increase when the temperatures warm up, either because they are breeding faster or waking up from dormancy. Now that we are seeing the first signs of spring here in New Jersey, you might be wondering when you will see spiders, ladybugs, ants and flies invading your quiet home again. In fact, you may have even seen some signs of activity over the past couple of weeks!

The good news is that you can maintain control of your home by having it sprayed for pests. But, when exactly is the best time to have your home sprayed? Should you do it in spring when the temperatures are mild, or should you wait until it’s closer to summer? Let’s discuss the best time to have your home sprayed, why this is the case and how often it should be done.

Ideal Season For Pest Spray Treatments

The best time to have your home sprayed is in early spring. By spraying in the spring, you have the opportunity to destroy nests and colonies when pest numbers are low. The treatment has less work to do, making it more effective and longer lasting. Usually, one treatment is enough. If you wait until you start seeing an abundance of pests, we will have more work to do in controlling the infestations.

That said, it’s never too late to spray for pests. If it’s summer and you notice that your home is seeing more spiders, ants and beetles than in the past, you can have your home sprayed and see effective results. Pest control services use highly advanced ingredients, equipment and techniques to kill pests and colonies.

How Often Should Your Home Be Sprayed

The next question we get from customers is how often their homes should be sprayed. As long as you have no new infestations or pest problems, your home only needs to be treated once a year, preferably at the same time in early spring. Keeping on top of these pest spray treatments will keep your pest numbers low and allow you to enjoy your home year-round.

Of course, if you notice new problems or an increase in pest activity, call your pest management professional to check things out. It’s possible that you need another treatment. And, it should be noted that these spray treatments don’t protect against all pests. Usually they cover all “crawling” bugs, with the exception of carpenter ants, bed bugs, fleas, and termites.

Are you ready to get your home sprayed for pests before everything starts waking up for good? Contact Heritage Pest Control for pricing and appointments.

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Is Pest Control Necessary in the Winter?


time allows technicians to take special focus on the interior of properties, identifying new issues that property owners were completely unaware of. There is special focus on inspection so that the property can be best prepared for when the warmer weather kicks in again. Both spiders and rodents tend to be a problem insid

e during colder months. For spiders specifically, webs are removed and infested areas are treated, as well as other areas where they are likely to try and reinfest. Rodent activity is monitored in basements, crawl spaces, and attics to avoid owners seeing signs of activity in more high-profile areas.

Another critical measure taken during winter time is providing full attic treatments. Many pests, including cluster flies, boxelder bugs, and carpenter ants, hide out and remain dormant in attics until warmer weather ensues. At that point, they invade your property which requires an extensivetreatment. Dusting attic areas during the cold seasons will keep these pests out of your home, avoiding having to deal with them as spring approaches.

Don’t mistake winter as a time to lay off on the pest control services – It allows you preparation time for the warm seasons ahead! Advanced IPM technicians are professionals in identifying and sealing pest entry points, and using pesticides to create a protective barrier for your home. The winter is the BEST time for this barrier to be placed because the 3 things that break down pesticides- light, heat, and moisture– are less of a factor during colder seasons. This ensures a preventative pest program for when the temperature rises again.

Perimeter Treatments to Spray For Bugs & Insects

Timing Is Key

For fall treatments, timing is critical. Get the perimeter treatment in place before insects start gathering in large numbers. Insects migrate toward winter shelter based on changes in temperature and day length. Contact your local extension office to learn approximate times you can expect insect invasions.

Choose Your Favorite Type of Insecticide

Insecticides used for perimeter treatments come in two forms: liquid or granule. Which one you use depends on your own preference, although liquid forms offer the flexibility to treat vertical and hard surfaces.

Liquid Insecticides
Ready-to-use sprays attach to your hose and mix to proper concentrations as you spray. These sprays offer easy storage for leftover chemical. Alternately, you can dilute insecticide concentrate and apply with a pressurized hand-held sprayer. Be sure to choose a sprayer you can physically carry.
Hint for Success:To avoid mixing more insecticide than you need, mix and spray a small amount at first to see how far it will go. Treat turf with a coarse spray to penetrate between grass blades. Use a liquid insecticide to spray the house and other structural surfaces.

Granule Insecticides
Apply using a drop spreader or a hand-held spreader. If your spreader isn’t listed on the insecticide label, call the customer service 1-800 number on the label.
Hint for Success:Water in granules after application, unless rain is predicted.

Application Tips

  • Create a continuous band without skips to form an effective perimeter barrier.
  • Treat soil, turf, mulch or walkways adjoining foundation or porches.
  • When spraying liquid, spray with the wind to avoid getting drenched.
  • Spray where dissimilar building materials meet –where siding joins window frames or where brick meets wood trim. Spray areas where utilities enter the structure and around doors and windows.
  • Apply to other areas where you spot insect activity: sheds, woodpiles, garages, carports, etc.
  • Remove vegetation from within 12–24 inches of your house so insects cannot cross the barrier via leaves.
  • If insect pressure is intense, widen the treatment band up to 10 feet.

When To Call a Professional

How do you know when you can’t treat the problem effectively?When you’re outnumbered. Large infestations of invasive pests –like when thousands of Stink Bugs or Lady Beetles swarm your home and enter by the hundreds –are too much for the average homeowner to handle. In these cases, the entire home needs to be treated, including roof eaves and soffits. A professional has the equipment to treat on a large scale.

When you’re battling wood-destroying insects

Once Termites or Carpenter Ants actively infest your home’s wooden structure, you need help. This insect group includes Drywood Termites, Powderpost Beetles, Carpenter Ants and Old House Borers.

Pest control companies often get calls to reschedule their pest inspections/treatments on rainy days. This is because most people think that pest control treatments will be washed up with the rain, so they reschedule for another day. However, pest control treatments are usually not affected by the rain because most of the walls in your home are protected by overhangs and rarely get wet. In fact, it is usually dry around the windows, door frames, and cracks where pest control companies seal up and spray.

Also, rain can soften the soil, which helps to draw insects out. This is why you may sometimes see a trail of ants traveling indoors on a rainy day. If the insects are already out of where they live and breed, being exposed by the rain, it is easier for exterminators to rid your home of these pests.

Another reason why rain can be beneficial to pest control is because specially formulated granular pellets are placed on the lawn during pest control treatments that actually need water to help activate them. The rain carries these granular insecticides deep into the soil and prevents ants, crickets, spiders, earwigs and other pests from sneaking into your home.

So, if you have an appointment set up for pest control and it begins to rain, don’t reach for the phone right away to reschedule. Instead, let your pest control company do its job in the rain or shine by preventing unwanted pests from getting inside your home. If you have discovered unwelcome pests in your home, give the pest control experts at Pro-Staff Termite & Pest Control in Orlando a call today at to schedule your pest inspection. Our seven-step pest prevention program controls all crawling insects for one full year!


Pro-Staff Termite & Pest Control, Inc.
6211 Edgewater Dr. • Orlando, FL 32810 • 407-292-7378

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2100 Ronald Reagan Blvd • Ste. 1024 • Longwood, FL 32750 • 407-331-7378

Treating in the rain?

Treating in the rain? #whatbugsme

Years ago we were like the mail man. Come rain snow sleet, or shine, we treated outside for the control of creepy crawlies. Take your hand away from your open agasp mouth and ask me why it’s a problem. It’s not. And it never was.

These days if 1 rain drop falls from the sky I am legally prohibited from using most of the weapons in my arsenal. Why is that you ask? The short version, if you have ADD, is that unless it in coming down a monsoon, it doesn’t matter as far as efficacy is concerned. But the laws changed a couple of years ago due to concerns about runoff of chemicals into water ways. Some hippy got their panties in a bunch because there was 1/1000000th of a micro gram of pesticide found in a body of water. I hate to tell you but if you took samples of just about anything including your body, you would find traces of pesticide. Oh lordy the sky is falling!! But wait, there is more to the story. What is a pesticide? ANYTHING that can kill a pest. My boot is often a pesticide, and an effective one at that. You would be horrified to find that chemicals and compounds used in pesticides are used in your food, clothing, and heaven forbid yes… in kids toys. The truth is just because something can be used as a pesticide doesn’t mean if you touch it your head will fall off.

So they find this in the water and here in America fear causes the “ban hammer” to come out. So now we have laws that are supposed to protect our drinking water and make sure itchy algae continues to thrive. The truth is that properly treating your home in any weather condition short of a flood will not contaminate any water source. It’s just silly. Most of the products we use only last 3 months and that is under perfect conditions which rarely exist. On top of that, the amount of active ingredient used to treat your home is tiny. The active ingredient is mixed with… wait for it… WATER in order to apply it. In an even sillier example there are pesticide granules designed to be broadcast around the house and are activated by water. Water Soluble Granule(WSG). The government mandated language on the label states that it cannot be applied “during a rain event”. In the very next sentence it instructs you to “water it in”. When I first read that my head almost exploded. Customers ask if rain will wash it away. No, normal rain will not wash it away because it soaks in very quickly. Now, to be fair, over time, exposure to all the elements degrades the pesticide until it is gone which usually last until it is time for you to see my smiling face again. It is designed that way. You would not want something that lasted forever.

The next question I get is about the rain diluting the treatment to the point of ineffectiveness. Hold on because I’m going to throw some science at you. If I mix 1 oz of a concentrated pesticide in 1 gallon of water and I apply that gallon of solution to your home following all the instructions correctly then it rains adding another gallon to the area I treated, how much concentrate pesticide is left? All of it. The water evaporates and if I used 1 oz of pesticide it matters not whether I mixed it with 1 gal or 2. The same amount of the important stuff is still there. How can you dilute something if there is not a defined container? Sure the whole of the solution contains a lower percentage of pesticide but you drastically changed the ratios. Again, the same amount of the important stuff is still there.

This whole discussion is about runoff. The “all knowing” government says that if it is raining, my treatment will magically flow to the Tennessee River kill a bunch of fish and turn us all to zombies because it got into our drinking water. Consider this, my 1 oz of pesticide in a river of let’s just guess 1 billion gallons of water comes out to be such a small percentage I’m not going to waste the zeroes to figure it out. And that’s if I am an idiot and just pour it over the dock. All of this makes the assumption that my treatments enter bodies of water which it does not.

So, they found the traces in the water, where did it come from? That is the million dollar question which can’t be fully answered. Here is what we do know. Les than 1% of pesticides applied come from the pest control industry. The rest comes from agriculture and most of it comes from YOU! Yes, that’s right, consumers use more pesticides than any one else and they do it all without the benefit of any training or knowledge of the subject past what Aunt Mable told mamma years ago. Even then, barring some dunderhead pouring it in the lake, it still doesn’t get to the water ways. Most of the contamination comes from mass spraying of your food. Freaked out yet? Don’t be, if it weren’t for that you would starve because bugs and disease would decimate the crops causing world wide famine.

Even knowing all of this, the water we drink is supposedly filtered, sanitized, and many other things before it gets back to us. That water used to be pee… just sayin’… Any traces that have ever been found have been very small. On a side note, as we over-sanitize our world we rob our bodies of the opportunity to come into contact with small traces of bad stuff and learn how to fight them off. And don’t forget that no matter what these compounds are used for safely in every day life, if it can be used as a pesticide it goes on the naughty list of public opinion even though keeping the pests away keeps us clean, healthy, and fed every day.

All I want to do is take care of my customers. Sometimes I need to work in bad weather just to get to everybody and there are things I can do in inclimate weather but I find myself with an even bigger opponent, public perception. I’m not going to argue with a customer, if they want me to come back later, OK. I will try to explain reality to them but there is no benefit in pushing for understanding. So the bottom line is I can service your home in the rain or snow but may choose not to depending on what needs to be done to keep you bug free. And I have to follow those pesky laws whether they make sense or not because I like to eat.

Rain snow sleet or shine, if you need help just let us know. Phoenix Pest Control will customize a service plan just for you, your needs, and your budget.

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  • Answer! It is always going to rain. We cannot help nor stop that. Sometimes before an applications and sometimes after applications. Generally we prefer 15 to 20 minutes of dry time. Once that has been met the application will work effectively. We would not waste our material, time and money to apply product only to have to re-treat. The manufacturers that make the materials. Are fully aware of environmental conditions that prematurely break down surfactant treatments and sprays. With that in mind. The manufactures create products that are rain resistant and hold up in such conditions in spring and summer. Please take note one treatment cannot last the entire season. Repeat applications are necessary for consistent control.
  • Question? How long should I keep my children or pets off treated areas.
  • Answer! Please read the service invoice comments section we provide you. Time will vary depending on weather conditions. 1-2 hours is average. Follow our written and verbal instructions? However Please wait Until all Sprays have dried before re-entry. This information is provided to us in the Product Information Label. If you are home at the time of treatment we also verbally advise you of this. Use common sense always. When in doubt wait and call the office for additional information 1-586-598-0183
  • Question? The weatherman said it was going to rain today. Will you re-schedule my service for a day it won’t rain?
  • Answer! This cannot be done in most circumstances. We have very few actual good weather days during the month to complete all of our monthly service contracts. For each bad weather day we get behind 12-18 clients per day average. We schedule according to city zip code. Our service vehicle usually are only in certain parts of a zip code for short periods of time before they move on to another area. We have to keep routes tight. Also we must keep fuel costs down and remain cost effective. Therefore rescheduling single applications for non rain days is not an option. Besides rain before or after an application is not going to effect the application as noted above.
  • Question? Can I power wash my home after you spray?
  • Answer! Please read the service invoice comments section we provide you. No, If you power clean/wash your home especially with cleaning agents. You will destroy the application we have provided to you. We do not guarantee treatment under these circumstances. You would have to purchase an additional treatment.
  • Question? Will the sprays stain or discolor or stain my siding?
  • Answer! We do not use products that are solvent based and or have properties that cause permanent staining of vinyl siding . This information also is provide to us in the manufactures label.

  • Question? Will you treat by boathouse and or dock?
  • Answer! We cannot and will NOTpower treat docks and or boat houses. Certain restrictions prohibit such treatments that are within 10-25 feet of a waterway. This varies depending on the material being used. Companies or individuals engaging in this type of illegality activity can be fined several thousands of dollars and spend many years imprisoned.

How long do you have to stay out of your house after pest control? After Your Scorpion & Pest Control treatment, we just ask that you keep children and pets off treated areas till they’re dry.

What should I do after pest control? After products from your scorpion or pest control application DRY, they’re NOT readily absorbed into hands and paws! It’s best to do deep cleaning before your pest control service, however after pest control spray is dry, you can go ahead and live your life as normal….. Vacuum, mop floors, and water your lawn, etc!

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Do you know what to do before and after pest control spray is put down? Do you have any idea how long to wait after extermination before you are safe to let your little ones play or what to even do after an exterminator sprays? We have the tips that you need to feel comfortable with your actions after your home is treated:

  1. Wait till after the pest control spray dries (drying time varies depending on the weather) before you let your littles ones near the chemical. Keep children and pets off treated areas till they’re dry. After treatments dry they are not easily absorbed into hands or paws.
  2. As for cleaning after pest spray is put down, interior treatments can be cleaned and mop as needed. Deep cleaning like polishing the floor (which leaves a residue that can cover the treated area) should be done before your service.
  3. Be prepared to see bugs to come out of sheltering areas as they die. You are welcome to dispose of them as you notice them.
  4. Water your landscaping as needed, but be careful not to overwater.
  5. Stay in contact. If you have any concerns please let us know so we can take care of them right away!

It is normal to have an influx of bugs come out and die after your pest control treatment for a few days. Responsible Pest Control treats areas, like cracks and crevices, where bugs like to hide. Pests don’t like our treatment products and get irritated out of their hiding places into the open before dying. The size and species of bug determine how long it will take to die. Scorpions generally take a couple hours to die after products are dry.

After having a couple scorpions and a millipede in our house, I called Responsible. After the first visit, we had a lot of scorpions and millipede things show up, but they were all dead or dying. Since hiring them, we haven’t had any living unwanted critters in our house, and they’ve only sprayed outside. – Natalie B. Cave Creek AZ

Cleaning After Pest Spray

Cleaning after pest control service pretty much stays the same after Pest & Scorpion Control service, but keep in mind that after interior treatment cleaning should be a little lighter. Wipe down floors and treated areas as needed.

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Yes, You Are Definitely Ingesting Pesticides. Here’s Why It’s Not A Problem

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If food is sprayed a lot, is that bad for your digestive health? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Matan Shelomi, Entomology, Biology, Evolution, on Quora:

If food is sprayed a lot, is that bad for your digestive health? I assume you are worried about pesticides. There is no link between pesticide residues on food and disease. Period. You will find lots of people claiming the links exist. You won’t find their evidence, because there is none. Anyone who says otherwise is trying to sell you expensive organic food that uses pesticides, instead of cheaper non-organic food that also uses pesticides.

Here is what you need to know:

  • Organic uses pesticides. Sometimes they are indeed less toxic. Sometimes they are 100% identical to non-organic: the organic farmers just paid more for the organic certification that lets them charge higher prices. Sometimes they are far, far more toxic! The organic alternative to the herbicide glyphosate, for example, is highly corrosive and is known to burn the eyes and mouths of farmers who use it without protective measures, and its vapors can cause headaches, lung problems, and death. Glyphosate is less toxic than salt (technically it’s almost half as toxic*): you could eat it out of the box and have zero short term or long term problems (to a point), while the organic alternative (appropriately called BurnOut) would burn out your mouth and throat immediately. Then there is the organic, plant-derived insecticide, Rotenone, which is about fifty times more toxic than salt, has caused human deaths, and is linked to Parkinson’s disease in farmers.
  • Not all pesticides are toxic at all. That includes synthetic, organic, etc. Not everything is as nasty as BurnOut or Rotenone, but not everything is as effective.
  • Less effective sprays may need to be sprayed more often and/or in higher doses. Which is better? It is not easy to tell.
  • Many pesticides degrade over time. By the time the food reaches you, there is often no pesticide left. Water, heat, or sunlight can wash off or destroy many such compounds: Rotenone vanishes within three days, and has never harmed any consumer from its use on food (the deaths were from deliberate drinking of it straight from the bottle).
  • Many pesticides are not sprayed on the edible parts of food. Using an herbicide on the soil before planting won’t affect the fruits growing above years later. Dabbing some pesticide on the stems won’t affect the roots or fruits, etc.
  • Toxicity is delivery and dose dependent… and no pesticide on earth is present on food in toxic doses. Recall I said certain organic pesticides are corrosive or cause Parkinson’s. That applies to the farmers who use them… not to you. Some sprays are dangerous if inhaled, but harmless when eaten. Even if edible parts of a food are heavily sprayed with a nondegrading pesticide that is dangerous if eaten and more toxic than salt (and therefore much more toxic than glyphosate), in practice you would never suffer any ill effects from it, digestive or otherwise. Why? Assuming it was used according to regulations, in terms of when and how much was sprayed, and passed inspections before being sold or imported, the dose is far too small. You’d be ingesting nanograms of pesticide, maybe less, when the dosage needed to make you sick is in the tens or thousands of grams. Even water is lethal if you drink too much, but nobody fears spraying water on crops will lead to water intoxication.
  • Pesticides are more than their active ingredient. Sometimes the most dangerous part of a pesticide (organic or conventional) to humans (farmers or consumers) is not the active ingredient that gets all the negative press, but a different component of the pesticide that serves another function, and which is present in a greater percentage. Of course, again, the inert ingredients of a pesticide can also be nontoxic (many are edible).
  • Humans are not insects or plants. What is deadly to insects or weeds can be totally harmless to mammals, and vice versa. Different groups of organisms react to different ingredients in different pesticides differently, so to assume something that kills insects will have the same or any effect on humans is not guaranteed. Where things get complicated is that aquatic animals like fish and frogs are not humans either, and are differently affected than us. They also will get exposed to different doses in different ways: an aphid sprayed by insecticide, a frog absorbing field runoff through its skin, and a human who eating almost none of it will all get a different dose.

Recently, someone found traces of glyphosate in Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Scandal? No, because the amount found was so small that you’d need to eat nearly 200,000 pints of ice cream to get sick, if you were a small child. An adult would need a few times that. It is impossible to get sick from glyphosate on food without dying of overeating first.

The food you eat itself has more chemicals of higher toxicity and/or in a higher dose than any pesticides used on them. I am sure the aforementioned tub of ice cream had thousands of times more salt than glyphosate, and salt is twice as toxic. Other examples are the bergamottin in grapefruit juice, about five times more toxic than glyphosate and which shuts off your body’s natural detoxification systems (which is why you should not take certain drugs with grapefruit juice), or the prussic acid found in almonds and cassava, about 3,700 times more toxic than glyphosate and better known as the chemical warfare agent and suicide pill ingredient hydrogen cyanide. Then there are nasty sounding chemicals like ascorbic acid, cholecalciferol, and tocotrienol… also respectively known as vitamins C, D, and E. Despite all these chemicals, the food is safe, of course. Even you are made of chemicals: formaldehyde, about seven times more toxic than glyphosate (3.75 times worse than salt) is naturally produced by the human body and is essential in making some amino acids, the building blocks of life.

Note too that people who eat organic are no healthier than those who do not. They still get cancer and Crohns and diabetes and food poisoning, and at the exact same rates. Eating organic doesn’t save them. Likewise, people who eat Rotenone-free non-organic foods still can get Parkinson’s disease. Pesticides, organic or otherwise, are a nonissue in terms of human health.

Now, whether certain individual pesticides are bad for the environment (frogs and fish in particular), that is another question. Certain pesticides may be too toxic to use, like DDT that is relatively nontoxic to people but had unexpected side effects on birds (it made their eggshells soft and easily squished) that led to a ban. Rotenone too has been banned in parts of Europe, though at time of writing is legal in organic farms in the US.

Remember again that organic uses pesticides… sometimes much more than necessary. Here is another inconvenient truth for Big Organic: the use of Bt crops, a GMO that does not require insecticide spraying, has reduced global insecticide use nearly 42%. That’s great for the environment and for farmers (though not so great for the makers of Rotenone). The total effects of all GMOs as of 2014 are a 37% reduction in pesticide use, saving farmers 40% on pesticide costs and raising yields by 22% compared to non-GMOs, with these averages all higher in developing world farms**. If you still are worried about pesticides, then promote GMOs!

Likewise, for certain pests in certain crops and conditions, non-spray alternatives do exist and can be recommended. Biocontrol with natural pestd, physical control with mulching and weeding, etc. Organic farmers are required to use these tools and/or organic pesticides: others can and do use them, but can also choose not to. Some use physical cobtrols for one pest and sprays for another. They usually have valid reasons for their choices. They will do what is best according to the principles of integrated pest management, which any farmer in a developed nation will use, as it reduces pest and pesticide levels and cuts costs by choosing the best methods and using them only as needed to prevent financial losses. No lost yields, no unnecessary spraying, and reduced environmental damage. Win-win!

Unfortunately, there is no way to tell if a food is pesticide free, regardless of label. Fortunately, there is no need to, in terms of health. Be it Rotenone or RoundUp, the risk to the consumers is effectively zero. Trust that farmers are doing what is best for their farm, not for the big “corporations” that Big Organic (and its own corporations) tries to scare you about. Trust too that no food provider on earth would ever knowingly release a product that could make people sick. That is bad for business.

Beware of fearmongers trying to convince you that glyphosate is responsible for all disease ever, and other Big Organic funded fake news. For an example of an honest look at glyphosate and alternatives, try sites like this: GreenCityBlueLake | Sustainability in Northeast Ohio at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

*Based on oral LD50 in rats, meaning the milligrams chemical per kilogram body weight that will kill 50% of rats fed this in experiments. For obvious reasons, such data is not available for all compounds in humans.

**A Meta-Analysis of the Impacts of Genetically Modified Crops.

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