Having Your ‘Green Cake’ And Eating It Too

I’m amazed at the amount of hypocrisy in the green movement, specifically when it comes to pest control and pest control products. It seems that any pest control operator better be using organic, natural or environmentally safe products out there or they are demonized as being evil and irresponsible purveyors of death. Oh it doesn’t always come out so crudely in the ad’s but read a few of them and tell me what you think the intent is. Words like TOXIC, DANGEROUS and CANCER fill the precious copy space but then near the bottom we’re all treated to a lovely picture of a green meadow and a can of Earth Soft Ant Repeler, How nice.

What gets me is there really is no regulation of these quote safe products whatsoever by the EPA and yet a can of Instant Knockdown Roach Zapper can’t even be brought to market until it’s tested, monitored, regulated, labeled, tested some more, receives an EPA # tested again, debated, insured and God knows what else until it’s approved. This whole process can take longer than 10 years, cost multiple millions of dollars and then there’s no guarantee that even one can of it will ever be sold. Just what do you think they’re testing for? Don’t you trust these officials or is something a foul?

I’m sure the Eco product producers love this and I know lawsuits are brought up all the time against the major chemical companies by activists groups. The more bad press and stringent requirements on traditional insecticides simply adds up to more market share for the green products who have no such requirements and no such opposition. It’s very easy to sit back and claim that the Roach Zapper can of spray is dangerous and by de-facto we’re better. Shouldn’t the market determine that or at least some side by side tests?

Who is regulating the green movement? It can’t be the government can it because they basically washed their hands of the matter and said since certain ingredients weren’t in these green movement products, they did not need regulation. With that companies are free to use words like safe and non toxic and no one can dispute it because there is no precedence. Is it scientists? What like the ones who came up with all the global warming data, falsified it and then covered it up in a little scandal called e-mail gate? Is it the companies themselves? There’s no chance for collusion there huh?

With all the hub bub about how dangerous I am or others like me I say consider the source. While they can sight stories about accidents, unfounded research and conclusions, homeowner misuse and other unfortunate mishaps regarding pesticides, they would be hard pressed to come up with even 10 in a year involving a pest control professional. This in a country with almost 350 million people. But the push is on and there doesn’t seem to be any let up soon since so many pest control companies themselves want in on the action.

While traditional services are scrutinized and are not allowed to use words like safe and non toxic these earth friendly firms do so at will. There isn’t really any clear cut definition of what is and what is not considered organic but I don’t see any input from the EPA being requested. No, our eco safe all natural pest control doesn’t really want that to happen because if our legislators get ahold of it they just might find out what a level playing field really is. For now I think their just happy to have the free cake and it’s always nice when you can eat it too.

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. Pestcemetery.com 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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  • mel

    Funny you posted this subject today. Yesterday I read a 2008 posting regarding Terminix’s New No Treatment Contracts- The nation’s largest termite company has been issuing termite prevention contracts for more than a year with a new and unbelievable twist – pledges to protect homes without applying any chemicals, baits or traps to kill or repel termites. An Arkansas state regulatory agency is now investigating the practice. They sold what the public thought they wanted then get sued. You cant get any greener than that.

  • mel

    Funny you posted this subject today. Yesterday I read a 2008 posting regarding Terminix’s New No Treatment Contracts- The nation’s largest termite company has been issuing termite prevention contracts for more than a year with a new and unbelievable twist – pledges to protect homes without applying any chemicals, baits or traps to kill or repel termites. An Arkansas state regulatory agency is now investigating the practice. They sold what the public thought they wanted then get sued. You cant get any greener than that.

  • The Bug Doctor

    Amen and you save tons o bucks on chemicals. I guess they’ll need that money for the lawyers.

    Great Comment!

  • The Bug Doctor

    Amen and you save tons o bucks on chemicals. I guess they’ll need that money for the lawyers.

    Great Comment!

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