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Natural Awakenings Rhode Island

Messing with Nature: What Could Go Wrong?

May 29, 2020 02:31PM ● By Maureen Cary
Using toxic chemicals to control nature is a surefire way of killing creatures we don’t like. Society seems to think that we can do whatever makes us comfortable no matter the cost to our environment, and of course, eventually us.

Over the years, rats and mice have become immune or resistant to toxic poisons. All around us, companies are spraying vast amounts of nerve-damaging pesticides to control mosquitoes, and fleas and ticks are now reaching almost epidemic populations as they become resistant to toxic chemicals which are designed to attack nervous systems.

One of the major problems with toxic methods is the pesticide kills any insect along with many other life forms that it comes into contact with. Scientists are already looking at alternative methods of pollination, predicting that bees, butterflies, fireflies and many other beneficial insects will soon go extinct. 

Still, it is possible to act responsibly; it just takes a little more time and thought. Nontoxic formulas that don’t cause resistance, immunity or secondary poisoning are available to control rodents. With these products, birds of prey, cats and dogs that eat the controlled rodents do not suffer the same fate. Instead of toxic chemistry, biology is used so the target pest is the only one that gets controlled.

For the sake of our environment, find a company that uses safe, natural methods of pest control. 

David Jones works at Bio Tech Pest Controls, 18 Granite St., Westerly. For more information and advice, call 401-315-2400, email [email protected] or visit BioTech Pest Controls. See ad on page 18 and this page.