Pest Control

Green Business of The Year
I live in a house in Florida. One of the realities I face are insects.

Spiders and other harmless bugs are fine, and I am happy to take them outside if they find themselves stuck inside the house. Roaches are another story. 

When my children were little, I asked the pest control service to spray only the perimeter of the house, as I was concerned about chemicals inside the house. That proved to be not enough of a barrier, so I also tried using a form of putty that pesticide companies put inside electrical outlets. The putty worked for a while, but eventually roaches did start to appear.

So I asked around. The yoga studio that I go to, Bliss Yoga, had successfully used Nature's Way Natural Pest Control for a number of years, both for their business and home, so I decided to give it a try.

I contacted them. They came promptly, and thoroughly treated our home, both inside and outside. Gina and David were gracious with their time, and were happy to answer any and every question I had about their product.

They do not use synthetic chemicals such as Fipronil, Imidicloprid or Pyrethrins. Their products are plant-based,  and are safe for humans and pets.

I have now used them for 2 years, and have not had a single incident. The price I pay for their services is worth every cent when it comes to the health of my children. The data is there to prove it:

"In the study conducted by the University of Washington Department of Environmental Health, urine samples were collected from 96 children during the spring and fall. In the study, 83 children had at least one measurable dialkylphosphate (DAP) metabolite in the spring sampling, while 88 had at least one measurable DAP metabolite in the fall sampling. Only 1 child—the one whose parents bought exclusively organic produce--had no metabolites in both samples. Children living in households with a garden had significantly higher diethyl DAP concentrations than those without a garden, and those where garden pesticide use was reported had significantly higher diethyl and dimethyl DAP levels. In fact, there was an association between reported residential pesticide use and elevated DAP metabolite concentrations. 
Source: C. Lu, D.E. Knutson, J. Fisker-Andersen, and R.A. Fenske, “Biological Monitoring Survey of Organophosphorus Pesticide Exposure among Preschool Children in the Seattle Metropolitan area,” Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol. 109, No. 3, March 2001, pp. 299-303."(http://www.ota.com/organic/benefits/children.html)

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