WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE MOST POPULAR INSECTICIDES? THE SCARY TRUTH BEHIND WHAT MAY BE SITTING IN YOUR GARAGE:
Roundup (glyphosate) and AAtrex (atrazine) are the most popular pesticides for home use. Glyphosate may cause human genetic damage. A French study found threats to human sex hormones and placental cells, as well as increased miscarriages. It also may cause blurred vision, nausea, headaches, dizziness and other reactions. Other studies connected the pesticide to a large tadpole die-off. The Environmental Protection Agency is considering banning atrazine. It has caused hormonal imbalances in lab animals and may have other biological side effects.
WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?
There are a few natural repellents that do not kill the bugs, but will help keep them away from your garden. Instead of loading up the yard with toxic insect killers, consider the wide variety of alternatives, including soap, marigolds, aluminum foil and non-toxic chemicals.