Posted on June 13, 2011 with No Comments
Apples are one of America’s favorite fruit, coming in 2nd after bananas.
Recent studies have shown that pesticide residue may be lingering beneath the waxy coating of your favorite snack.
According to an article in the WSJ: 98% of apples that were reviewed contained traces of pesticides even after rinsing the fruit under cold water for 10 seconds, much like a precaution that you and I would take.
This sounds like a large number, but its okay!
The article reassures us of the harmlessness by reporting that only 3% of the pesticides detected were unapproved pesticides, or over the limit of proper pesticide dosages. The article also mentions that any of these unapproved or improper dosages may have innocently traveled via wind gusts from other orchards where they are being used properly for other types of produce.
This popular fruit has been listed at the top of the Environmental Working Group’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ with many other popular fruits and veggies. This being said, you should still take precautions, but if you cannot obtain organic, pesticide-free apples and other produce, you are not in harms’ way by consuming these miniscule amounts of product.
Posted on July 30, 2009 with 5 Comments
The front page of the Wall Street Journal today featured an article written by Gwendolyn Bounds about using natural pesticides to control pest activity around your home.
The use of natural products to control pests is not new. Garlic based sprays have been used for many years to control outdoor pests such as mosquitoes. The author of this, reported on the products she used to control pests on her property. Garden pests can cause a lot of damage to your plants, therefore controlling them is imperative.
Many companies that manufacture over the counter pest control products are trying to release new green products. There are a few problems with launching these new products, the most popular being consumer acceptance. Bounds’ makes a great point from the consumer’s view.
“…consumers say we want (natural products) and what we really want (dead bugs, now!).”
Another interesting side was that the side effects of pesticide to not even come close to the effects of Lyme disease and West Nile like virus.
“…pests can transmit illnesses such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease that can be more harmful than some potential side effects from pesticides. S.C. Johnson & Son Inc., for instance, launched a Raid “Earth Options” product in 2006, then discontinued it the next year due to low consumer acceptance.”
Spectrum Brands Inc. said that they released a mosquito repellent without DEET, and it did not sell well.
“Over the years, the EPA has banned some insecticides considered too risky from use in the home market, such as diazinon and chlorpyrifos. It also now maintains a list of active ingredients used in what it dubs “minimum risk” pesticides. “It’s a pretty good bet it’s a safe product if it’s on that list,” says John Kepner with Beyond Pesticides, a not-for-profit group based in Washington, D.C.”
In conjunction with all natural products, it should be known that some pests, such as ladybugs, can be used to control harmful pests such as aphids in your garden.
The author mentions in the article that she could not find an all-natural method to control carpenter ants.
JP McHale is constantly exploring new environmentally friendly products, also taking into account the effectiveness of them. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates pesticide products, and the way they are applied. Please contact us so we can create a custom home pest prevention program to protect your family and home from pests.
The original Wall Street Journal article can be read here.
Tags: Gardens, Go Green, Ladybugs, pesticides, wall street journal
Category: Diseases, Do It Yourself, Flying Insects, Gardens, Lyme Disease, Mosquitoes, Natural Pest Control, Summer Pests, West Nile Virus