99.99% of pest control companies
that spray toxic synthetic pesticides
may be breaking federal law
each time they discharge pesticides
onto your property or inside your home...
The toxic synthetic dangerous poisonous pesticides used by the vast majority of all pest control companies are not meant to be used as "maintenance" sprays in the absence of notable pest pressure. These toxic elixirs are labeled for the control of "active" infestations, or applied as residuals for control of known infestations in target areas. Yet, 99.99% of pest control companies that spray theses chemicals do so for a consumer's check, not because of pest pressure or other economic or health related variable. In many cases, there are no formidable dangers of increased pest pressure, yet these toxic poisons are relentlessly applied in ongoing maintenance spray programs hundreds of millions of times per year to millions of homes, schools, and businesses.
The Label is The Law
The pesticide label is a matter of strict compliance with federal law and clearly states as much on the label itself. The needless barrage of poisons unlawfully laid down on our properties and around our children, pets, and food is astronomical. A recent case we investigated proves my point:
February 2011 Update - Factual Event:
A customer contacted a pest control company to treat for bed bugs. The company sent a technician to the home of the customer. Without inspecting to determine if there was an actual infestation of bed bugs, the technician sprayed a highly toxic pesticide on floors, furniture, mattresses, and bed frames. The customer contacted AlwaysEco because the late night "bites" continued after the application of the toxic pesticide by the other company for the purported bed bug infestation. AlwaysEco found that mosquitoes or a spider had likely bitten the customer because not a single bed bug could be found after more than an hour of crack and crevice inspections and a visual inspection of the wounds on the customer by a female company officer. AlwaysEco demanded a refund to the customer for the fake dangerous bed bug treatment and reimbursement for the contaminated property. The other company quickly complied with the demand from AlwaysEco and paid the customer.
Because there were no bed bugs and no active infestation, and because the technician failed to read the instructions on the label, the technician unlawfully applied an ultra hazardous pesticide to personal property when the label strictly prohibits such reckless negligence. Had the customer not called AlwaysEco, the customer and the cat would have continued to sleep on an inconspicuous deadly nerve poison (it says it right on the label) that had saturated mattresses and bed frames. There is eminent danger that cannot be ignored. More than 1 billion pounds of poison liquids, gels, toxic baits and powders saturate our neighborhoods, yards, walls, kitchens, attics, and carpets at the hands of men and women barely cognizant of the active ingredients and oblivious to their own personal risks and the long-term health dangers associated with pesticide-induced neurological disorders and cancers. As I have stated throughout my career and on this website, in my professional opinion, the manufacturing, selling, and applying of toxic synthetic pesticides ranks as the biggest crime syndicate and healthcare fraud in U.S. history. What on earth is the EPA thinking?
The big synthetic pesticide makers own so much of the American political system that even their memberships pose a health threat to the American public in that the health of the American public is of little concern, it is the so-called leveling of the commercial playing field. In this article, a Palm Beach Post author highlights the Request for the EPA to disadvantage botanical pesticide manufacturers by a member-based organization CSPA that serves as the mouth piece for pesticide manufacturers who distance themselves from the CSPA's communications on the surface to protect their billion dollar customer base and the diversity of their product and trade lines, but benefit nevertheless from any potential results gained by the CSPA.
With more than $8.65 billion dollars at stake, toxic pesticide manufacturers exert force on the EPA to get their poisons on store shelves, in the hands of consumers, and beat back safe botanical options. If not directly sold to consumers, toxic pesticides will find their way to consumers via pest control companies that spray the toxic synthetic poisons for a fee. In all my years in the industry, what I have found to be true almost 95% of the time is that the customer also purchases over-the-counter pesticides even when he or she has a service applying pesticides on a regular basis. Toxin makers earn double the revenue because a single home is likely to be treated professionally and at the same time with over-the-counter poisons by the homeowner.
One particular case draws my ire and that is with a particular product that has proven popular with homeowners who are unaware that the active ingredient Bifenthrin is a suspected carcinogen and endocrine disrupting agent (EPA). The Ortho Home Defense® Max RTU (ready to use) amateur toxic pesticide has the exact same active ingredient and formulation as several concentrated toxins used by licensed pest control companies such as Talstar® Professional, Brigade®, and Capture® 2EC. Amazingly, the FDA allows Ortho Home Defense® Max to sit on grocers' shelves not ten feet from food and dry goods. The label on the Ortho Home Defense® Max is a work of art that attracts children and adults alike. Bright red and yellow, pictures of dead bugs, a fancy white house, a brick walkway, and a deep green lawn. This is the most attractive poison label I have ever seen. In that vein, if a tobacco maker advertised cigarettes in the same manner, the outcry would be prodigious. The EPA allows children under the age of 18 to purchase Ortho Home Defense® Max and other synthetic toxic pesticides. How much money does it take to convince the EPA to turn a blind-eye to underage purchasing of toxic dangerous pesticides? Walk into any hardware store in America and you will find that the spray paints are kept under lock and key. Traverse a few isles and you will find brightly labeled canisters and jugs of pesticide toxins 1,000 times more deadly than spray paint, harmful to more than just the user, capable of contaminating entire homes, containing possible cancer causing ingredients, and covertly labeled with a criminal lack of disclosure begging to be purchased by consumers unaware of its guaranteed ability to kill and kill indiscriminately. Obviously, the concern is more about defacing public assets than poisoning consumers and their lands for decades or causing genetic mutations in offspring, or causing sterility in males. Again, the political power that keeps those egregious poisonous contaminates on store shelves is beyond reproach.
The fact that consumers - even minors, could purchase without a pest control license, a toxin no less deadly by volume than its commercial brothers that require a license to purchase and use, indicates clearly that toxic pesticide makers control the EPA. When the EPA gets up to $650,000 to register just one of the toxic synthetics, the signor of the check makes the rules. It appears to be some sort of sick game with the EPA and its toxin producing clients in that the regulating body is regulated by those to be regulated who write the checks and contaminate the entire country.
The Felonious Pesticide Label
All synthetic pesticides are poisons and they all have the word "Hazard" clearly written on the label. There are four "signal" words used to denote the toxicity level and danger to the applicator AND to the public; Caution, Warning, Danger, Poison. Therein you find the deception that the EPA and toxin makers use to lower your guard. Because all synthetic pesticides are poison (they can be nothing else), only one signal word is required…"POISON." Synthetic pesticide toxins are the sum of their constituent components, of which each is an individual POISON that contributes to create an even more dangerous POISON. The severity of acute or chronic exposure to the poison does nothing to change the effects of the poison. Death can occur to humans and animals at certain levels of exposure to a caution or warning or danger or poison labeled pesticide. No less medical intervention is required because of the signal word. If just one of the so-called secret ingredients (labeled as "Confidential Business Information" to avoid disclosure) is a poison, THEN ALL OF THE PESTICIDE IS POISON. There are no pesticide labels for synthetic toxins in the U.S. that explain the levels of toxicity and the explicit damaging effects on humans at each level. The EPA allows the labels to be dangerously incomplete and evasive. Associating the signal word with a level of toxicity without disclosing the harmful effects at each level on the label and before applying the poison to a consumer's home is fraud and deceit, and amounts to reckless negligence. The misleading use of the word "caution" deceives applicators and consumers into believing that the synthetic poison is less dangerous. Instead of looking to the signal word, look to the precautionary statement. Usually you find the statement "Danger or Hazard to Humans and Domestic Animals" on the label. That is the most important phrase and it appears on every "Caution, Warning, Danger, or Poison" labeled pesticide. The seemingly bizarre interchangeability of the words "Danger" and "Hazard" in the precautionary statement obfuscates the label. Hazard is synonymous with "Danger." The legal definition of "danger" is:
adj. unsafe, hazardous, fraught with risk… any device which can cause harm, including explosives and poisonous substances)
Because there is no legal difference between the root words hazard and danger, every synthetic toxic pesticide is "Danger" labeled because the word "Hazard" appears on every toxic synthetic pesticide label and is legally synonymous with "Danger." The signal word ought to be "Danger" on that same label according to federal labeling law. Every toxic synthetic pesticide sold today is misslabeled according to federal law. Every toxic synthetic pesticide sold in Texas is misslabeled according to Texas Administration Code, Title 5, Sec. 76.023 - Misbranded Pesticide or Device;
"(A) its labeling bears a statement..., that is
false or misleading in any particular."
It would be impossible for a layperson to immediately discern that "danger" and "hazard" are legally synonymous. Thus, in my professional opinion, the label on every synthetic pesticide manufactured, sold, stored, and applied in Texas is false and misleading in the "particular" of the signal word.
The word "Caution" is a ruse that circumvents state and federal law that requires a RESTRICTED USE PERMIT AND STRICT SUPERVISION for pest control companies to spray the common poisons they use on your property when the signal word is "Danger" or "Poison" as it should be. Because a restricted use permit requires in-person strict supervision in most states, the pesticide manufacturers would lose money because their poisons would naturally reach fewer homes and businesses. Furthermore, over-the-counter pesticide sales would thankfully plummet because of the label restrictions. For the legal record: A product that is a "hazard" to your health is no less a menace to you than is a product that is a "danger" to your health by law. I Dr. M.F. Mitchell stand behind this statement without equivocation and openly and notoriously challenge any agency, academic or synthetic pesticide proponent to step forward and prove me wrong. The EPA and the toxin makers are complicit in a global poison-by-deceit scheme worth $40 billion dollars a year to the pest control industry and death, disease, and misery to consumers at the end of the shiny spray wand.
The Active Ingredient Ruse
The research indicates, via transparent jargon, that the active ingredients some how do not persist in the environment. In some cases that may be slightly true. Most often, it is not the active ingredient that persists; it is the synergists that persist. Not one of the hundreds of toxin makers has produced a scintilla of evidence or research that indicates how the synergist react in the environment and with other living organisms or how long the synergists persist in the environment or living tissue, or the overall affect of the active ingredient, synergists, and inert ingredients acting in concert on mammals, or the environment. Because synergists and inert ingredients constitute up to 99% of the total product in some cases, it is vital that the toxicity, carcinogenicity, and persistency be known.
The results of the compounding effects are elusive. Manufacturers follow guidelines primarily written by them and then enforced somewhat against them by the EPA. Thus, the EPA and pesticide makers "legally" avoid discussions regarding the compounding effects under self-imposed mandates that apparently sell the health of the American People to manufacturers of synthetic toxins. The EPA bases its decisions on manufacturers' claims of toxicity that do not account for real-world applications. One could hardly construe this information as empirical data. In scientific study, testing involves control groups, historical information, and a wide range of data sets from which hypothesis or factual conclusions are drawn. In this case, control groups are not too hard to find given the number of new breast cancer cases per year - and yes... synthetic pesticides cause breast cancer. In the instance of pesticide manufacturers, entire data sets are excluded, such as data on potentials for cancer after repeated and long-term exposure, existing cancers and their causes, water quality and trace amounts of pesticides in ground water, reactionary issues with existing trace toxins, toxicity when combined with household chemicals, effluents containing pesticides, effects on the environment when reacting to certain mineral rich soils, detoxification by plant species, gaseous emissions inside structures, transpiration of pesticide gases in trees, mutagenic effects on non-target organisms, effects on wood, concrete, and polymer penetration, persistence by effects of radiation, tissue destruction, molecular mutations in mammals, air quality sampling of treated surfaces over years, and the most important, the combined effects of repeated, long-term, consistent usage to the same location over years - especially in the absence of notable pest pressure. If pesticide makers were to be graded on their so-called empirical research, at least from me, they would earn an "F," and the responsible party, the EPA, would be fired for incompetence.
In an exhaustive May 2000 report titled "The Secrets Ingredients In Pesticides: Reducing The Risks," from the New York State Attorneys General Office, AG Eliot Spitzer, et al wrote:
"EPA does not consider such effects as endocrine
disruption, allergenic effects and chemical sensitization.
Nevertheless, the descriptive titles for these groups
reveal a simple truth: pesticide products contain
a variety of ingredients that either are known to
be toxic or have not been adequately tested for toxicity,
and the public is denied knowledge of their presence.
The "inert" ingredients in pesticides are associated
with a wide range of adverse health effects. Some
of these chemicals are suspected carcinogens, others
have been linked to other long-term health problems
such as central nervous system disorders, liver and
kidney damage and birth defects. The so-called "inert"
ingredients can also cause short-term health effects
such as eye and skin irritation, nausea, dizziness
and respiratory difficulty. If found in other products,
many are specifically listed as hazardous substances
and require a hazardous waste permit for proper disposal."
In the same report, the Attorney General, et al writes:
A review of the history of EPA policies and practices in regard to "inerts" reveals both the magnitude of the problem and EPA's failure to respond to it effectively."
More than 200 chemicals used as inert ingredients in toxic synthetic pesticides are classified as hazardous pollutants in air and water, many of which are regulated under other laws such as OSHA that classifies 127 of the chemicals as occupationally hazardous.
In scheduled residential or commercial applications, pest control companies apply the active ingredients, synergists, and inert ingredients repeatedly, for years, for decades to the exact same location, hundreds of times to the same house, school, or daycare. A former acquaintance lived in a condominium development for many years prior to having a child. The maintenance personnel repeatedly sprayed toxic synthetic pesticides to control roaches. The woman's child has ADHD now at 10 years old. On May 17, 2010, a news article broke that not only shocked the world, but confirmed the growing body of evidence that certain pesticides cause Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children (ADHD). For reference, my acquaintance reports that the roaches are thriving as generations of them develop tolerances requiring more frequent applications at potentially higher dosages. As I have stated before, and in tribute to Rachel Carson, toxic pesticide manufacturers merely inoculate the worlds' insect population against the very poisons created to kill them. Humans are the ones that suffer... generation after generation.
Consumers are mislead or lulled into a false sense of security that even the EPA recognizes. In the NY AG report, the Attorney General, et wrote that;
In 1996, EPA began a Consumer Labeling Initiative intended to improve consumer labeling of pesticides and other consumer products. As part of the Consumer Labeling Initiative, EPA interviewed consumers to evaluate the impact of current labels. In EPA's own words, "the interviews demonstrated that many consumers have a misleading impression of the term 'inert ingredient,' believing it to indicate water or other harmless ingredients." With that finding, EPA was perfectly situated to act decisively to remedy the misconceptions fostered by years of deceptive terminology and secrecy. The remedy was clear: mandate that the identity of all ingredients be clearly stated on all pesticide labels."
More than a decade later, the incipient lack of disclosure is rivaled only by the ballooning profits toxic pesticide makers get from the global inoculation of common insect species. The intentional avoidance of medical data sets, lack of following protocol using published and accepted historical toxicological information, failure to pay for and then follow the progression of pesticide induced cancers relating to their active ingredients, synergists, and inert ingredients, failure to follow biological controls when dealing with synergists such as arsenic and cyanide, and the vitriolic blocking of botanical insecticides is proof positive that toxin makers have and will continue to POISON-FOR-PROFIT every man, woman, and child, animal, structure, and water source in the U.S.
Regardless of the distribution channel, the poison ultimately ends up inside your home, around your family, and on your property. The toxin makers reap double the revenue and increase your exposure to poison through every available means.
Pest control companies that spray these toxins poison-for-profit; companies that offer mixed-use or so-called hybrid pest control programs while falsely implying some increased measure of safety or harmlessness poison-by-deceit. The toxic synthetics are poisons and that is fact; the companies that make and/or spray these poisons profit and that is also fact. Thus, poisoning-for-profit is the biggest scheme in America today. Poisoning-for-profit is the most well run and organized crime syndicate in the world and makes drug trafficking look like a hand of poker. There are many sad deaths surrounding the drug trade. There are 100 times more deaths in the U.S. alone that can be or have been traced back to some exposure to pesticides - either acute or chronic, in the current generation or via genetic mutation passed to offspring, ranging from breast cancer to leukemia, culminating at birth defects or diminished high-level physiological functions in people. Billions of dollars worth of completely unneeded poisons more toxic and dangerous than crack cocaine legally line grocers' shelves, stream from shiny silver canisters into your home, indiscriminately kill a variety of living organisms - Mammalia, Reptilia, Aves, and Insecta, sicken or poison others, and carry brand names that conjure thoughts of powerful anti-villains slaying the enemy in age-old comics. But are you the enemy? Are you at war with your home environment to the extent that your exposure to excessively toxic poison pesticides is worth risking your health and the health of your family just to kill a few bugs or a few ants? Any perceived benefit from the toxic synthetic poisons is magnificently outweighed by the harm the pesticides cause to non-target species, water, air, and people.
In one example, over-the-counter annual sales of toxic pesticides amounted to approximately $24 per person in the U.S. A $650,000 payoff to the EPA is mere lunch money or "insurance" that guarantees that the poison will make it to your grocer's shelf, then inside your house or on your dinner table or in your child's' bedroom. In the case of the pest control companies, they spray, mist, and pour poison throughout your living environment, catching the crumbs from the toxin makers, earning their percentage off the unlawful human experimentation using toxic synthetic dangerous poisonous pesticides. Unfortunately, there are no control groups in this unlawful lab experiment because, as Rachel Carson stated, it would be hard to find a human being today that didn't have traces of pesticides in his or her body. That is a testament to the poisoning-for-profit scheme headed by the EPA and controlled by pesticide makers and their pest control companies, with more than $40 billion a year in sales.
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