What You Should Know About Pesticide Use and Increased Cancer Risk

What You Should Know About Pesticide Use and Increased Cancer Risk

You are probably not surprised that indoor pesticides are linked to serious health issues especially in small children. But you may not have seen the data.

A new meta-analysis study that combined the studies of 16 different studies provides conclusions that are hard to ignore.


Study Finds Pesticide Use Increases Cancer Risk in Children


The 2015 study reviewed 16 studies of children exposed to indoor pesticides including:

  • professional pest control services
  • indoor flea foggers
  • flea and tick pet collars
  • ant and roach sprays.

The study found increased risk of cancer in children who had exposure to these pesticides.

Specifically, childhood leukemia risk increased by 47% with exposure to indoor residential insecticides. Childhood lymphoma risk increased by 43%.

The study also found a significant increased risk of leukemia associated with exposure to herbicides or weed killers.

The senior author of the study is an associate professor of environmental exposure biology at Harvard School of Public Health. He said that the “incidence of childhood leukemia and lymphoma has increased in recent years, and that prompted us to look at this issue.”

Why are children more susceptible?

Children are at greater risk since their immune systems are not fully developed.

The study’s authors acknowledge the study limitations because it included only 16 studies. However, the researchers recommended that parents make every effort to cut their children’s exposure to pesticides.

Are you worried that your house will be full of pests?

Don’t worry. You can have a pest-free home without toxic chemicals.

 


How to Manage Risks and Make Your Home Pest-Free


So how can you manage the risks for your children and yourself?

Try all natural solutions that are highly effective and non-toxic! Here are three proven ways to kill bugs without using harmful chemicals.


1. Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth (DE)


Using DE is an excellent way to control roaches. Sprinkle DE in problem areas under sinks, garages, basements, attics, and behind appliances.

Never heard of DE?

DE is a white powder that is the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. When a roach (or any bug with an exoskeleton) comes into contact with DE, it gets under the shell, punctures the body, and kills the bug.

Sounds like just want you need, right?

But, admit it. It also sounds dangerous.

You don’t have to worry though because DE is completely non-toxic. While it certainly is dangerous to bugs with exoskeletons like roaches, all mammals are safe from its effects.

More good news.

There is no buildup of tolerance like poisons because the killing method is physical, not chemical.

Keep these things in mind:

  • Remember to keep the DE dry
  • Although you can eat food-grade DE and rub it on your skin, do not inhale DE because the silica is bad for your lungs (wear a mask when applying)
  • Buy it at your local natural gardening store or order from arbico-organics.com
  • Always use food grade DE and not pool grade DE

It’s the perfect all-natural insecticide. No harm to humans, your pets or the environment, but deadly to bugs.

 


2. Create Baits


For non-toxic roach bait, mix equal parts sugar and Arm & Hammer detergent. Use 1-2 TBS per bait.

Unlike boric acid roach baits, this bait is not poisonous to humans.

 


3. Spray Orange Oil


Another solution is to spray indoor areas with Orange Oil and water. Mix 1 oz. Orange Oil per quart of water.

What is Orange Oil?

Orange oil is simply the raw oil collected from the citrus peel during the juicing extraction. Orange oil degrades the waxy coating on the exoskeleton of insects, causing dehydration and asphyxiation of the bugs, not you.

Dehydrating and asphyxiating the bugs sounds perfect, right?

You can buy Orange Oil at your local natural gardening store.

 


Learn How to Get Rid of Fleas, Ants & Mosquitoes – Naturally


Got a flea problem? Read The Best Way to Get Rid of Fleas, Naturally. Don’t skip the step about treating your yard with beneficial nematodes. It’s the key to keeping fleas away.

You’ll also learn how best to calm flea bites.

Bothered by ants? You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to get rid of them without toxins. You’ve probably got at least three of the ingredients in your kitchen cabinets. Read Six Killer Ways to Kill Ants Exterminators Won’t Tell You.

If mosquitoes are a problem, try these solutions.

 


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Sources:

Residential Exposure to Pesticide During Childhood and Childhood Cancers: A Meta-Analysis. Mei Chen, PhD, MS, Chi-Hsuan Change, MSc, Lin Tao, PhD, and Chensheng Lu, PhD, MS. Pediatrics Sept 2015.

New York Times: Pesticides Linked to Kids’ Cancers

The Organic Manual – Natural Organic Gardening and Living by Howard Garrett, 3rd Edition

How to Solve Your Bug Problem Without Harmful Chemicals

How to Solve Pest Problems Without Harmful Chemicals

Be honest. You hate the sight of roaches and would do anything to keep them out of your house. Using an exterminator seems like the only solution, but you worry about harmful chemicals.

The good news is that you can control roaches using safe methods.

Here are three proven ways to kill roaches.

How to Kill Bugs Without Chemicals


1. Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth (DE)


Using DE is an excellent way to control roaches. Sprinkle DE in problem areas under sinks, garages, basements, attics, and behind appliances.

Never heard of DE?

DE is a white powder that is the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. When a roach (or any bug with an exoskeleton) comes into contact with DE, it gets under the shell, punctures the body, and kills the bug.

Sounds like just want you need, right?

But, admit it. It also sounds dangerous.

You don’t have to worry though because DE is completely non-toxic. While it certainly is dangerous to bugs with exoskeletons like roaches, all mammals are safe from its effects.

More good news.

There is no buildup of tolerance like poisons because the killing method is physical, not chemical.

Keep these things in mind:

  • Remember to keep the DE dry
  • Although you can eat food-grade DE and rub it on your skin, do not inhale DE because the silica is bad for your lungs (wear a mask when applying)
  • Buy it at your local natural gardening store or order from arbico-organics.com
  • Always use food grade DE and not pool grade DE

It’s the perfect all-natural insecticide. No harm to humans, your pets or the environment, but deadly to bugs.


2. Create Baits


For non-toxic roach bait, mix equal parts sugar and Arm & Hammer detergent. Use 1-2 TBS per bait.

Unlike boric acid roach baits, this bait is not poisonous to humans.


3. Spray Orange Oil


Another solution is to spray indoor areas with Orange Oil and water. Mix 1 oz. Orange Oil per quart of water.

What is Orange Oil?

Orange oil is simply the raw oil collected from the citrus peel during the juicing extraction. Orange oil degrades the waxy coating on the exoskeleton of insects, causing dehydration and asphyxiation of the bugs, not you.

Dehydrating and asphyxiating the bugs sounds perfect, right?

You can buy Orange Oil at your local natural gardening store.


Go Ahead!

Now you’re equipped with three proven ways to kill bugs without poison. Start sprinkling, baiting and spraying.

Go ahead. Remove your exterminator’s number from your phone.

And, stop worrying about roaches scampering about in your kitchen because you’ve got it under control, naturally.

 


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Kill Bugs Without Chemicals

Source: The Organic Manual – Natural Organic Gardening and Living by Howard Garrett, 3rd Edition

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes Without Harmful Chemicals

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes Without Harmful Chemicals

Imagine, being outside enjoying your yard and garden without being surrounded by buzzing mosquitoes.

What if you could sit peacefully? No swatting away insects and free of sticky repellents.

Sounds good, right? But how?

You can use all natural ways of repelling mosquitoes.

So, rather than dousing yourself with DEET, and spraying harmful chemicals on your lawn, try these safer, all natural alternatives.

You can thank Howard Garrett for this advice. He literally wrote the book on natural organic gardening called The Organic Manual.

Here’s how you take back your yard.

Kill Mosquitoes Without Harmful Chemicals


Clean Up Standing Water


Eliminate standing, stagnate water.

You’ve heard this bit of advice before, but there could be areas you’ve missed.

Look for standing water in your gutters, gardens, bird baths, and planters. Empty if possible. Discard things like planter trays because they collect water.

Be sure to check your gutters because if they aren’t clean, you can also find mosquito breeding grounds there too.

For standing water that you cannot eliminate, use Bti product such as Bactimos Briquettes or Mosquito Dunks. You can find these products at your natural gardening store.

What is Bti?

Bti is a bacteria that specifically targets mosquitoes and black flies in their larval stage, but causes no collateral damage. The mosquito larva eat the Bti and die within minutes after ingestion.

What you’ll love about Bti is that it kills the larvae AND repels the adults from laying eggs. The EPA has categorized the risk to non-target organisms as minimal to non-existent.

What to do if Bti is not available?

Try sprinkling instant coffee crystals in the standing water.

 


Scatter Dry Granulated Garlic


Scatter dry granulated garlic in problem areas. Some of the worst areas are around trash cans and in the tall grass borders that are always moist. Broadcast at 2 lbs per 1000 sq. ft. in beds, turf, pots and plants.

Dry granulated garlic can repel mosquitoes for up to four weeks.

Buy the dry granulated garlic from your grocery store (in the extra-large size) and start shaking.

 


Spray With Garlic Spray


Spray adult mosquitoes with garlic spray or garlic-pepper tea. Using garlic sprays can repel mosquitoes up to 14 days. See recipe below for how to make garlic-pepper tea. You can buy garlic spray at your gardening store.

After spraying, your place will have a strong garlic odor, but it quickly fades and is well worth it.

 


Use Natural Herbs as Repellents


Use mosquito repellents that contain natural herbs such as aloe vera, citronella, vanilla, eucalyptus, tea tree oil and citrus oil. These really do work well and are available at your natural grocery store.

HOMS BiteBlocker from arbico-organics.com works well.

You can also mix your own. Try Vanilla dabbed on the skin or clothing. Or, Vanilla Mix which is 8 oz. water, 2 tsp. vanilla extract and 1 tsp. orange oil. Spray on skin and clothing liberally.

 


Garlic Pepper Tea Recipe:


To make garlic/pepper tea, liquefy 2 bulbs of garlic and 2 hot peppers in a blender 1/2 to 2/3 full of water. Strain the solids and add enough water to the garlic/pepper juice to make 1 gallon of concentrate. Use 1/4 cup of concentrate per gallon of spray.

To make garlic tea, simply omit the pepper and add another bulb of garlic. Add two tablespoons of molasses for more control.

Be very careful with the pepper solids and concentrate because it might irritate your eyes and skin.

 

Guide to Mosquito Control


What’s Next?


So, put down the DEET and grab some garlic and Bti and take back your yard!

 

Got fleas or ants? Check out our other articles on natural pest control:

The Best Way to Get Rid of Fleas Naturally

Six Killer Ways to Kill Ants Exterminators Won’t Tell You

The Best Way to Get Rid of Fleas Naturally

The Best Way to Get Rid of Fleas Naturally

So you’ve got fleas in your house, and you’re miserable. Those flea bites are incredibly itchy and take forever to heal. You’re perturbed with everyone and everything.

So far, you have resisted calling the exterminator because you know the treatment is probably pretty toxic. You’re wondering if less toxic remedies really work.

The answer is yes! You can get rid of fleas using organic, non-toxic remedies.

Here’s how:


Take these steps to get rid of fleas:


1. Apply Diatomaceous Earth


Apply diatomaceous earth in dry weather to outdoor areas using a dusting machine. This will kill the fleas in the yard. Treat the entire area thoroughly. Wear a dust mask when applying since breathing the DE dust can be harmful to your lungs. Use only natural diatomaceous earth that has less than 1% crystalline silica dioxide. Never use swimming pool DE.

What is diatomaceous earth (DE)?

DE is a white powder that is the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. When a bug with an exoskeleton (think flea, ant, roach, bed bug) comes into contact with DE, it sort of works under the shell, punctures the body, and the bug dies.

Sounds good, right?

Fortunately, it does not have the same effect on mammals. DE is totally non-toxic. There is no buildup of tolerance like poisons because the killing method is physical, not chemical.

Remember to keep the DE dry and although you can eat food-grade DE and rub it on your skin, do not inhale DE because the silica is bad for your lungs. (source:http://www.richsoil.com/diatomaceous-earth)


2. Dust Your Pet’s Sleeping Quarters


Dust your pet’s sleeping area with DE being careful to avoid breathing the dust. If your cat sleeps around, you will be dusting a lot of areas.


3. Apply Nematodes (don’t skip this step)


Apply beneficial nematodes to your lawn. Look for a brand called NemAttack or ask your local natural gardening store for what they recommend to combat fleas. You’ll need to do two applications 7-10 days apart in the early morning or pre-dusk when the sun’s rays are gentler.

Apply nematodes to your lawn using a watering can or hose end sprayer. Follow the directions on the label.

What are beneficial nematodes?

Beneficial nematodes are microscopic roundworms that occur naturally in soil and are used to control a variety of pests including fleas. So, not only will you be controlling fleas, you’ll also impact roaches and other bugs. You probably don’t want to know the details about how they work.

You’ll be pleased with the result.


4. Bathe Your Pet


Bathe your pet with mild herbal shampoos looking for orange oil or tea tree oil as ingredients.

Not brave enough to give your cat a bath even after watching at least 10 videos on how to do this safely?

Opt for rubbing the cat’s fur with a lemon grass, cinnamon, sesame and castor oil spray.


5. Comb or Brush Your Pet


Comb or brush your pet. It will help remove the fleas and relax you both.


6. Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum


Start vacuuming daily and don’t stop for a month (fleas have a fairly lengthy life cycle). Vacuum pet’s sleeping areas, carpet and basically anywhere where flea eggs could have fallen off.

To make sure that the fleas do not hatch inside your vacuum cleaner, vacuum up some DE or take the bag to the garbage immediately.


What are the best ways to treat flea bites?


Here are the most effective:

  • Soothe bite with moistened green tea bag 2-3 times a day. While odd-sounding, you’ll find this works well.
  • Apply lavender essential oil in a carrier oil (coconut oil works well) to the bite. The lavender oil takes the sting out and so the bite will heal more quickly and you might get a reprieve from the itching.
  • Apply tea tree lotion to a water proof band-aid and leave in place. Change the band-aid once or twice a day.

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If you have ants, check out Six Organic Pest Remedies for Ants That Work.

Sources:

The Organic Manual: Natural Organic Gardening and Living For Your Family, Plants and Pets by Howard Garrett

Six Killer Ways to Kill Ants Exterminators Won’t Tell You

6 Safe Ways to Kill Ants Without Chemicals that are Harmful

Ants are everywhere. And, crawling where they shouldn’t in their single-file lines. When you try to cook or even brush your teeth, you have to stop and wipe up the ants.

You’re tempted to call the exterminator because you need relief, now.

What’s the solution? Check out six proven ways to get rid of ants.

Be honest.

You’re worried about safety and effectiveness.

No worries! All six are organic remedies AND they are proven to kill carpenter, sugar and fire ants.

Best of all, you won’t need to call your exterminator.


4 Ways to Kill Ants Without Chemicals that are Harmful


Relief is closer than you think. You probably have three of these ingredients in your pantry.

  • Dust area with baking soda
  • Dust area with cinnamon
  • Crush or chop pieces of bay leaf and sprinkle area
  • Sprinkle area with natural, food-grade diatomaceous earth (do not use pool grade DE)

Never heard of diatomaceous earth (DE)?

DE is a white powder that is the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. When a bug with an exoskeleton (think ant, roach, flea, bed bug) comes into contact with DE, it sort of works under the shell, punctures the body, and the bug dies.

Sounds like just what you need, right?

But, admit it. It also sounds dangerous…

You don’t have to worry though because DE is completely non-toxic. While it certainly is dangerous to bugs with exoskeletons, all mammals are safe from its effects.

More good news. There is no buildup of tolerance like poisons because the killing method is physical, not chemical.

Keep these things in mind:

  • Remember to keep the DE dry
  • Although you can eat food-grade DE and rub it on your skin, do not inhale DE because the silica is bad for your lungs (wear a mask when applying)
  • Buy it at your local natural gardening store or order from arbico-organics.com
  • Always use food-grade DE and not pool-grade DE

(source: www.richsoil.com/diatomaceous-earth)


2 Ways to Kill Outdoor Ants – Fire & Carpenter Ants


  • Fire Ants: Mix the following (find these ingredients at your local organic retailer like an organic gardening store or order at arbico-organics.com.)
    • 2 oz. Compost tea
    • 2 oz. Horticulture liquid molasses
    • 2 oz. Orange oil
    • 1-gallon water
    • Mix and pour on fire ant mounds
  • Carpenter Ants:  Mix the following (find these ingredients at your local organic retailer like an organic gardening store or order at arbico-organics.com.)
    • 2 oz. Orange oil
    • 1-gallon water
    • Mix and spray

What is orange oil?

Orange oil is simply the raw oil collected from the citrus peel during the juicing extraction. Orange oil degrades the waxy coating on the exoskeleton of insects, causing dehydration and asphyxiation of insects, not you.

Dehydration and asphyxiation sound perfect, right?

What is compost tea?

Compost tea is a concentrated liquid created using a process that increases the numbers of beneficial organisms as an organic approach to plant/soil care.

You can brew your own, or better yet, simply buy some at our local organic gardening store. (source: http://www.simplici-tea.com/simplici-tea-wp/home/what-is-compost-tea/)

What is horticulture liquid molasses?

Liquid Molasses is a soil amendment to feed and stimulate microorganisms. You use it in sprays to help organic pest controls and as an ingredient in many organic fertilizers. (source: http://www.dirtdoctor.com)

Cross that ant problem off your list!

Now you’re armed with six “killer” ant killers, so start sprinkling, dusting and spraying. Cross the ant problem off of your list and remove your exterminator from speed dial.


Need Help with Controlling Other Pests–Naturally?


Got a flea problem? Read The Best Way to Get Rid of Fleas, Naturally. Don’t skip the step of treating your yard with beneficial nematodes. It’s the key to keeping fleas away.

You’ll also learn how best to calm flea bites.

The Best Way to Get Rid of Fleas Naturally

The Best Way to Get Rid of Fleas, Naturally!

Bothered by roaches? You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to control them without harmful substances. Read How to Solve your Bug Problem without Harmful Chemicals.

How to Solve Pest Problems Without Harmful Chemicals

If mosquitoes are a problem, try these solutions.

The Unconventional Guide to Mosquito Control

 


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Source:

The Organic Manual – Natural Organic Gardening and Living for Your Family, Plants and Pets by Howard Garrett aka The Dirt Doctor.