Conventional Pesticides Don’t Stop Tick Encounters or Diseases
What happens when you see a bug? Most of us reach for the bug spray (possibly throwing in a scared scream!), douse the bug, and expect the spray to finish off the bug and keep us safe.
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just proved that pesticides do not reduce tick encounters or tick-borne illnesses. Despite spraying their lawns regularly with the insecticide bifenthrin, 2,500 homeowners in the northeastern United States saw no reduction in tick encounters. This means people were spraying their property with toxic chemicals, yet received no added benefit in tick prevention!
Illnesses caused by ticks are increasing in the US. More than 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year after being bitten by infected ticks. As the CDC just proved, using traditional pesticides is not an effective way to curb tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease.
We know what you might be wondering…why are pesticides so bad? Bifenthrin, the insecticide used in the CDC study, is a known endocrine disruptor. Endocrine is a hormone in our body (and in our pets’ bodies), so disruptors stop or disrupt the flow of hormones. This can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and learning disorders. Bifenthrin, the insecticide, is also a possible carcinogen, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is toxic to birds, fish, and bees. A carcinogen is any substance directly involved in causing cancer – like the bad chemicals in asbestos or tobacco.
So if pesticides don’t work to prevent tick-borne diseases and are toxic, how are we supposed to get rid of creepy crawlies? Use Wondercide, of course!
Our revolutionary, natural pest management products contain a blend of cedarwood oil and therapeutic-grade essential oils, making them a healthier option for you, your family, and your pets. Independent lab tests have proven that our products are safer and can be more effective than chemical pesticides.