Common But Illegal Pest Control Products That Cause Injuries

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Common But Illegal Pest Control Products That Cause Injuries


What I have noticed is more and more web based DIY pest control stores popping up with taglines like "Use what the Pros use at half the cost" and even jumps in store bought over the counter pesticides. We all feel comforted knowing that "If my local store sells it, it has to be safe", this isn't always the case.

When I ran across this article I felt I had to repost this, knowledge is key and the more you know about the health risks involved from doing your own pest control the better off you are! Please be safe.

Common But Illegal Pest Control Products That Cause Injuries


An increasing presence of insects and other pests is one of the earliest and most frustrating signs of Spring.  While many people use pesticides to control insects in and around their homes, not all pesticides are safe -- particularly those which are only available on the street or in small neighborhood stores.  Many such pesticides (for instance, Chalk or Tres Pasitos) are illegal and commercially unavailable precisely because they're too dangerous to use.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the following pest products are particularly dangerous, illegal, and unfortunately commonly available:

"Illegal naphthalene moth repellent products -- mothballs -- pose a hazard to young children. Mothballs can be easily mistaken for candy, or simply tempt young children to touch and play with them. Recent studies have linked naphthalene to illnesses, including nasal cancer. Widespread sale and distribution of these products make illegal mothballs a particular concern.

Illegal Pet Products, including foreign-labeled, unregistered versions of the common pet products Advantage and Frontline, have been illegally imported and sold throughout the U.S. Though registered for use in other countries, some foreign-labeled versions have omitted important warnings, especially those pertaining to children, that are required in the U.S. Versions imported from such countries as England and Australia often give doses in metric units, which can cause Americans to accidentally over-dose or under-dose pets.
Read more about counterfeit pesticide products for dogs and cats.
Retailer information about counterfeit pesticide products for dogs and cats (PDF).

Illegal Insecticide Chalk is also known as 'Miraculous Chalk' or 'Chinese Chalk.'  You may have seen the chalk in a neighborhood store or sold on the street for about $1 a box.  It is mostly imported illegally from China and often bears a label in both English and Chinese.  Sometimes the manufacturer claims that the chalk is 'harmless to human beings and animals' and 'safe to use.' These claims are untrue and dangerous. 
Read more about insecticide chalk.

'Tres Pasitos'  is imported illegally from Mexico and other Latin American countries.  Its name means 'three little steps' in English, because after eating it, this is all mice can muster before dying.  The active ingredient (or the chemical that actually kills the pest) in 'Tres Pasitos' is a chemical called aldicarb.  EPA considers aldicarb to be a very toxic chemical - and one that should never be used in your home.  Children are especially vulnerable to poisoning by aldicarb when it is sprinkled around the home to control roaches, mice and rats.  Exposure to high amounts of aldicarb can cause weakness, blurred vision, headache, nausea, tearing, sweating, and tremors in people.  Very high doses can kill people, because it can paralyze the respiratory system.  What "Tres Pasitos" does to pests, it can also do to you.

Antibacterial products. Many common household products, ranging from cleansers to cutting boards, claim to protect against bacteria. Such claims are illegal unless the product is registered with EPA or the claim only applies to protecting the item itself from damage by microorganisms, not to provide additional health benefits. In addition, the pesticide used to treat the item must be registered for use in or on the treated item.
Read more about consumer products treated with pesticides.

According to the EPA, following these simple rules can help protect you and those around you from inadvertently purchasing dangerous, illegal pesticides:

  • "Look for an EPA registration number on the pesticide's container.  This number tells you that EPA has reviewed health and environmental information about the pesticide, and if the label says so, that the product is okay to use in your home.

  • Look for a list of the active ingredients on the label.  Any product registered with EPA must state the active ingredients on the label.

  • Trust your instincts.  If a person offers you a product on the street, chances are it is illegal and could harm you and your family.  Shop for pesticides only in stores you know and trust.  If the shopkeeper gives you a product that is packed or wrapped suspiciously, don't buy it.

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after reading numerous articles on the danger of pesticides to children, i researched chemical free alternatives to indoor pest control. the only one i found that truly worked i found it is called PEST OFFENSE. it was about 30 bucks and 1 unit covered my entire place. it plugged into any outlet and worked through the wiring in my home to make the walls of my home uninviting for pests to nest. it doesnt kill them, it just makes them leave. avoid the Riddex product, it may be cheaper but it did not work and i recently found out they have an FTC ACTION against them...guess thats why its cheaper:). the PEST OFFENSE has worked for me now for over a year and i would recommend it to anyone and everyone
Posted @ Wednesday, July 29, 2009 1:47 PM by kathleen
Thank you for your comment, after reading this it sparked a bit of curiousity which led to hours and hours of research about the Pest Offence.  
The reviews are hit or miss, although the majority said that it has had no effect on their pest situation and even some made with laugh with statments of spiders making their homes right next to the product. Rodents will become ammune against ultra sonic sounds over time, meaning if the product works...its a short term solution! 
The Federal Trade Commission released a statement in 2001 that products such as these have no scientific evidence supporting the claim that they repel pests "They found that many of the advertisements make explicit claims about the products' ability to eliminate rodents or repel insects. According to staff, these types of claims may not be in compliance with the FTC Act, which prohibits false and deceptive advertising. 
". To read the warning CLICK HERE. 
In closing, its best to hire a professional, although there are some things you can do to keep pests away, such as; knocking down cobwebs as they appear, keeping a tidy living space and being Pest Proactive.
Posted @ Thursday, July 30, 2009 10:00 AM by Fred Speer
You know that when the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) makes the statement that it is actively watching commercials for false advertising for these products that there is a real problem.  
After review of several articles by entomologists it becomes pretty evident that these devices are at best a temporary fix for ~some~ rodents and in most cases do nothing at all.  
I think my favorite comment to all this though was pretty much, "Well there is no evidence that these devices work, but it's your money to waste!" LOL 
Posted @ Thursday, July 30, 2009 10:07 AM by Chris
I've seen the commercials and I will be honest with ya, I have bought a few of the "As Seen on TV" items...PURE garbage...JUST SAY NO!
Posted @ Thursday, July 30, 2009 10:23 AM by Carl S.
Very interesting topic and responses. I would never buy the cheap gimmick item from the infomercial sales reps… “Are you getting this camera guy?”, but those miracle blades now there is a sucker infomercial. Just hire someone with the knowledge and that is state licensed to apply your home barrier. Something about electricity to active a chemical in a house does not make sense.
Posted @ Thursday, July 30, 2009 10:48 AM by Mike
I too have seen lots if "IFFY" products like this, I guess some people just react and impulse buy verse's doing the research.
Posted @ Thursday, July 30, 2009 10:49 AM by Fred Speer
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