Which chemicals do you use?
We use Pyrethroids, chemical insecticides, with structures adapted from pyrethrins (a botanical insecticide made from the chrysanthemum flower), and then modified to increase its stability in sunlight. According to the EPA, they are included in over 3,500 registered products, and are used widely in households, including on pets, in mosquito control, and in agriculture. They have increased with the declining use of organophosphate pesticides, which were more acutely toxic to birds and mammals. Generally speaking, it takes about 9-months to a year, coming back quarterly to break the egg cycle of most insects and pests.
Why is pest control necessary?
Pesticides are used to control common pests and vector (disease-carrying) species such as mosquitos, ticks and rodents. More well known among vector-borne diseases are the West Nile virus, Lyme disease and rabies. Indoor pests (like the cockroach) can also contribute to asthma and allergies, through their saliva or droppings. There are many different types of pesticides, which are meant to work against specific pests. For example, disinfectants control germs and microbes such as bacteria and viruses; and insecticides are used to control insects.
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