An invitation to deceive

Recently I received an invitation to join a group of people to engage in discussions, networking and perhaps becoming friends with the host and all of it’s members. Since pestcemetery is listed on everything from sodahead to facebook it’s very likely that this was just a blanket request due to some key words or matching profile. I have no problem with this normally and get requests all the time for things that don’t quite seem to fit as I’m sure when I invite folks over to check me out. This one however seems to goes over the top so I thought I’d ask your opinion.

Regardless of how you feel on the greener aspect of pest control services or not I’m simply asking is this a group you would consider joining? If you subscribe to the safe use of pesticides or even alternatives (good for you & I mean that) would you want this to be your calling card for everyone to associate you with? I realize this is just a quick summary sent to me and I didn’t expect an encyclopedia of facts but I also wouldn’t expect flat out lies, distortions or to be motivated by fear. Here is the invitation with bold lettering and my thoughts in italics. I’d love to hear your thoughts as well.


“Welcome to join me in making the Earth pesticide-free.
I guess we’ve set the tone here but as with any such cause I suspect there’s something more you want.

People are being poisoned and the Earth is being destroyed for “profit”.
From volcanoes, tsunamis, the mercury in curly cue light bulbs, what? Oh I’m sure you mean pesticides and using evil profits is a popular way to stir emotions. This is a pretty big accusation, were you aware that soaps and cleaning products lead the list of poisonings in the U.S.?

There’s simply no need to poison the Earth!
Where is this mass poisoning you speak of and what happened to your concern for peoples health? Did you know millions of kids are dying every year in poorer countries from pest borne disease such as malaria, yellow fever etc.? Is one million per year enough for you to reconsider your approach? Wouldn’t responsible use of a pesticide be warranted to save them like it has so many in our country or don’t you care about them? Oh you’re right about pesticide poisoning on the rise alright but did you know it’s YOUR ALTERNATIVE’S you want us to use that are #1 killers?

When used as directed Pesticides kill!
Isn’t that the point? And when used as directed mankind is benefited, in fact pest control is directly responsible for the great strides we here in the U.S.A. enjoy. Advances in medicine and indoor plumbing are the other two factors, do you want to do away with these things too?

Researchers have found that pesticides can be associated with serious illnesses, including cancer, damage to the immune system, and neurological problems. Children are particularly vulnerable.
Like all natural clove oil, tobacco, grain alcohol, crushed flowers not to mention disease from pests? As you said above-“When used as directed” they are approved and show nothing more than the “organics” I mentioned as far as adverse effects. This is a flat out lie or at best a huge omission of the facts you’ve used to come to your conclusion. Shame on you.

“Freedom from pesticides is everybody’s right including the yet unborn, infants, children, adults, elderly, and people living with compromised immune systems”.
I don’t remember that in the constitution, is it also our right to live healthier lives from less vermin, roaches, fleas and other vectors of disease? Just how are you planning we eradicate, control and or manage pests with your approach? You speak of these groups of people that you’re trying to protect but it is a veiled attempt to disguise your true agenda.

With safer alternatives available, this is a risk we can – and should – do without!
You stated we were poisoning the earth and implied we were killing every man woman and child, now you say it’s just a “risk we can do without.” Which one is it and are you sure you know what you’re talking about? I’m not.

Spread the word for a healthy world!
I’m seeing the picture now

Environmentally yours,
And there it is, you could give a hoot about babies, old people or other “defenseless people.” If you did, you’d concentrate your effort on those who need help with this issue. Those who are suffering, starving, ill and DYING because they do not have any responsible use of pesticides that would rid them of the pests that are inflicting these cursed woes upon their lands. All you care about when it comes down to it a saving the earth from a mystical monster that you’ve created.

TIPM, Humanitarian, Pesticide Militant—
Such strong words- you wouldn’t have happened to been near any Hummer dealerships lately? Some “peaceful” operations like yours have been known to take their frustrations out in those areas. Under the guise of peace and caring you spread hate and lies. You know what, I think I’ll say NO to your eloquent invitation but Thank You anyway.

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.

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  • Oh dear. Oh very dear me! In the UK, very recently, we nearly lost the ability to use rodenticide completely, through legislation proposed within the European Parliament. Every word absolutely true! It was very nearly banned from use by LAW. It took a sustained and fairly intense lobbying campaign on the part of the industry and it’s representatives here to have the appropriate parts of the legislation removed. Even now, it’s still a threat to the UK pest control industry.
    Your invitation is quite obviously a bit ‘weird’. Watch out over there though, the people behind things like your that have a habit of creeping up on the ‘power people’ and getting noticed. Someone in power will see an opportunity in it and, before you know it…………………………………I do in fact subscribe to our own Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU). Its a code of practice designed to protect our non target species and a simple apllication of common sense when laying baits. Environmental issues are getting huge here in the UK, it wouldn’t make much business sense not to cater for them.