Most of the time people react to weeds or pests by instantly buying and applying harmful chemicals to their lawns or gardens. Some folks even apply chemicals to prevent pests and weeds.
Studies reveal that pesticide exposure is linked to a very long list of health problems and diseases. These include: Parkinson’s disease, cancer, infertility, encephalitis, lymphoma and birth defects. Of course, this is the short list! Did you know that the law does not require companies to test their lawn pesticides? So, this means that these pesticides are not tested to the same standards as pesticides used on food grown for commercial purposes. There are loads of hidden “inert ingredients”. These have never been tested for possible harm. According to the Center for Disease Control the most documented cases of farm worker sickness is following exposure to pesticides.
Pesticides don’t only harm human. These chemicals contaminate the water, air, soil, plants, and animals. Many studies prove that pesticides harm butterflies, honeybees, ladybugs, and fish. Plus, lawn chemicals seep into the water supply.
If you think your health is important learn how to combat pests and weeds without chemical intervention. You will help out your neighbors and the environment too.
One of the most important things you should consider when working to reduce pests is healthy organic soil. Healthy organic soil is the easy way to reduce pests. Plants thrive in a nutrient rich and organic environment. This helps them fight pests naturally. If you don’t have a compost bin you should set one up also. It is always a great idea to have a compost pail near the kitchen sink to collect veggie scraps. You will use this to keep your soil loaded with nutrients.