You Must Dispose of Insecticides Properly
Why people still use insecticides is a bit of mystery. There are certainly the demands on health organizations to reduce the populations of hazardous bugs like mosquitoes, and to use insecticides to kill the population and any of their larva, but the household use of insecticides is a bit much. In fact, there is really such a small demand for the use of such dangerous compounds that most people who buy them end up not using all that they have purchased. This leads to a rather obvious dilemma – they have strong poisons laying around their homes or garages.
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The Problems with Insecticides
Why are they so dangerous? If you visit the website for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency you would find that they qualify all insecticides as hazardous materials. This is because they pose a very clear threat to the health of people and to the environment. Remember that it wasn’t until the 1960s and 70s that people began to realize that insecticides were entering the food chain and killing off a lot of larger animals.
How to Handle Old Insecticides
Today we understand that we cannot just spray these products all over the place, but we still have things like ant poison, bee sprays, flee sprays, and other bug killing compounds. If they are not to be used they should not be “left to rot,” but should instead be delivered to a hazardous waste collection point.
To find out if there are any hazardous waste facilities in your area it is best to call your town hall or town clerk. They will know the details of any such opportunities or tell you of the local household hazardous waste collection events. At such times you can bring tightly sealed containers of insecticides to experts who know exactly how to handle them and then to dispose of them properly and safely