You do your best. You double bag your chicken at the grocery store. You wash your vegetables when you return home. You make all of your loved ones completely wash their hands before dinner. But there is a hidden danger, one that lurks deep inside your cabinets.
Insects and pests are unwanted invaders that can destroy homes and spread diseases.
Cockroaches, Ants, Termites, Mosquitoes Bed Bugs and Rodents are some of the pests that invade our homes and can possibly cause serious risks to our family's health.
The National Pest Management Association reports that Ants are considered the top nuisance pest in the United States.
The association stated that in the US alone, there are more than 700 species of Ant with 25 species commonly causing infestations in homes.
Another common and much vilified home invader is the Cockroach, Cockroach droppings according to the Natural Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) are known to cause asthma attacks in children.
The report says one-in-five children are suffering from allergies caused by cockroaches.
Cockroaches are also known for spreading several kinds of bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella. They can spread bacteria by contaminating food and kitchen surfaces as they scuttle across them. Just imagine Cockroach footprints in your butter…..
The NIEHS also named Rodents (Mice, Rats) as one of the most annoying pests that invade our homes.
Mosquitoes can also be found in and around the home and kitchen. They as a species areresponsible for more Human deaths than any other. Humans by the way are number Two.
The American Mosquito Control Association stated there are several mosquito-borne diseases causing global deaths of 1 million including malaria, dengue and yellow fever Humans are not the only ones that suffers from mosquito-borne diseases, dogs and horses too.
Rodent droppings contaminate pantries and kitchen surfaces. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website informs us that they can also cause diseases.
The droppings dry and turn to powder which becomes airborne.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome and Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome are just two in a long list of diseases caused by Rodent droppings.
Rats and their fleas were also the cause of the Bubonic Plague and responsible for roughly 200 Million deaths in 14th Century Europe.
When we want to get rid of the annoying and potentially dangerous pests in our homes we often turn to harsh chemicals to do the job, but it is important to realize that these chemicals may have other unintentional victims too.
The most commonly used example of a Pesticide that was too toxic is DDT. DDT or Dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane, was a pesticide in heavy use globally prior to 1972. It became the subject however of much attention when numerous side effects began to be noticed. Birds eggs shells became thinner and more brittle. Populations crashed.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), DDT takes 15 years to degrade in the environment. It bio-accumulates in waterways and is found in many fish which are themselves toxic.
DEET is often an active ingredient of insect repellents and the Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences reported that exposure to this chemical agent can cause anything from mild skin irritation to death depending on the dose.
With this all in mind, there is a remedy.
During the National Hardware Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 6 through May 8 2014,Nature-Cide launched new additions to their line of environmentally-friendly products.
Nature-Cide products are DEET and DDT- free indoor pesticides. The company's products are safe to use and are very kid and pet friendly.
Nature-Cide All-Purpose Insecticide Spray is made from all natural ingredients. It kills cockroaches and other pests minus the sometimes unpleasant odor.
About.com's feature on pest control safety, notes that pesticides that are organic and labeled non-toxic are a good choice.
It recommends consumers avoid products containing chemicals such as phosmet, naled, tetrachlorvinphos, diazinon, malathion, chloropyrifos and dichlorvos due to their toxicity.
Alternative Medicine article named eucalyptus, clove and citronella as natural insect repellents.
Other Nature-Cide products ranging from outdoor pesticides to travel bed bug spray.
Lucky Vitamin in its blog endorsedNature-Cide products saying the products contains ingredients designed to kill insects like Bed-Bugs, Lice, Mites , Ants, Fleas and Cockroaches.
The Environmental Protection Agency however says that when using pesticides, it is important to follow the directions on the product.
Nature-side is a division of Pacific Share Holdings Inc. which is a pest management service company involved in the manufacture of all-natural and eco-friendly pesticides.
Pacific Shore Holdings, Inc. specializes in manufacturing consumer-packaged goods.