Mosquitoes, bugs and other small insects that fly or creep around our house are just some examples of those small beings that can pose a serious danger to our health, especially to the young ones.
For quite a long time, these sprays have been the most effective method of getting rid of those pests in our house.
However, as technology progresses and new studies have been made, these commercial sprays and repellents were found to be as harmful as the pests their trying to get rid us of.
Chemical Contents on Insect Sprays
- One kind of chemical that has been present in insect sprays is the lead arsenate. Lead arsenate is an inorganic compound of arsenic and found to be useful for the purpose of killing pests.
- Chlorinated hydrocarbons, though found effective against mosquitoes causing malaria and fleas, have serious drawbacks also.
- First of all, other insects like houseflies were found to be resistant to this chemical. Also, DDT or dichloro, diphenyl, trichloroethane, one of the chemicals based on hydrocarbons, was found to be fat-soluble.
- Those who are heavily exposed to this chemical most likely have concentrations of DDT 1000 times higher in their fats than in the blood.
- Although it may not pose any real harm, it might eventually lead to some complications.
- Organophosphates are very toxic chemicals that are also found in some insecticides.
- Parathion, an example of an organophosphate, is actually 30 times more poisonous than DDT. Each year, since it was developed during the time of World War II, these organophosphates poison thousands of people throughout the world and even kill them. Those who are taking care of these victims are also in danger. The excretions of these patients or even vapors coming out from them are enough to poison a human being.
Infertility in adult men may be caused by several factors. However, recent studies show that exposure to insecticides has an effect on male infertility.
Insect Sprays Today Are Safe And Natural
There are several alternatives also available in the market that are much safer to use. You just have to read the labels carefully to know which one is better.
These alternatives are those that are made from organic components. There are some that are made from a natural blend of plant extracts and oils.
Others are either alcohol-based or made from hot spices to repel insects. Most may not be aware but nicotine can also be used as an insect repellent because it is extremely toxic to these harmful pests.
And nicotine as an insecticide has been widely used since the 1880s. Miracle II is reported as effective on insect cleanup.
Insect sprays are really important for us, especially if we have children around the house. We always rely on these products to keep harmful, little insects away from us and prevent diseases caused by them.
However, we should also be careful in choosing the right product; else, we might end up being more harmed by these things that should protect us.