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Pest Control News: Pesticide Poisoning Cases Steadily Increasing

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A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shared that unintentional poisoning death rates have steadily increased since 1992. These poisonings occur due to exposure to pesticides and other toxic products used in homes.

The CDC’s findings include the following:

  • 87 individuals in the U.S. die because of an unintentional poisoning on a daily basis – plus, another 2,277 receive treatment in emergency rooms.
  • Poison control centers nationwide answer more than 4 million calls per year – that’s one call every 8 seconds.
  • More than 150,000 of the calls to poison control centers relate to exposure to household pesticides, including insecticides, rodent poisons, flea dips and weed killers.
  • In 2009, 76 percent of poison-related deaths were unintentional, making such incidents the second-leading cause of unintentional injury deaths after motor vehicle collisions.
  • In 2005, unintentional poisonings in the U.S. cost $33.4 billion in productivity and medical costs.

Green Pest Control

A report released by the CDC in 2011 discussed how pesticide use caused more harm to residents than to the pests they are intended to eliminate. When you use toxins in and around your home – even homemade remedies – there’s always the potential for accidental poisoning because you’re applying toxic products to areas where you and your family spend the most time. 

You can greatly reduce your chances of accidental poisoning by hiring a green pest control company. The services provided include sustainable pest management practices that use the least-toxic products available to control an infestation. Not only is this service safer for you and your family, but green pest control methods greatly reduce the likelihood of a re-infestation when compared to the pesticides you can purchase at the store.

While hiring a pest control company can seem more expensive than buying a canister of insecticide, it’s worth it compared to the cost of health problems pesticides can cause. 

[ Photo by: Greencolander, on Flickr, via CC License ]

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