Pesticide is a chemical compound that is often used to destroy insects. We use this product against pests that attack cultivated plants, and to eradicate the annoying insects in our homes.
Despite the effectiveness in eliminating insects, pesticides have numerous side effects on the human health and the environment. Here we show you the risks associated with using this common bug killer, as well as a really effective natural alternative.
The Influence On Plants
We use pesticides to kill the insects that destroy cultivated plants, and to protect their growth. However, excessive and frequent use can often hamper the plant development. Frequent use of pesticides has shown to be phytotoxic and to negatively affect the growth of the plant.
Health Risks Of Pesticides In Humans
Frequent pesticide use can cause a variety of serious health hazards in humans. Exposure to these toxins can cause acute poisoning, which in turn leads to various health hazards, such as dizziness, abdominal pain, headaches, vomiting, nausea, as well as problems with the skin and eyes.
Long-term effects associated with pesticide use include cancer, neurological problems, fetal death, birth defects, impaired fertility, dermatitis, and diabetes.
Excessive use of pesticides can also lead to air pollution. Also, the carbon components used in these common bug killers accumulate in the stratosphere and can contribute to global warming.
Over time, excessive use of pesticides can make the farmland unproductive and unusable for further harvest, as chemicals accumulate in the surface layer of the soil.
Homemade Organic Pesticide
This homemade organic pesticide is effective for elimination of cockroaches, flies and ants. For the preparation, you’ll need:
– 1/4 cup vodka
– 1/4 cup distilled water
– 15 drops tea tree oil
– 15 drops peppermint essential oil
– 3 drops clove oil
Pour the ingredients in a spray bottle, and shake to combine. Et voilà! It’s that easy! You have your own organic pesticide.
Spray the areas of your home invaded by ants or cockroaches, as well as your home’s entrances (doors and windows). The smell of the clove oil will also help you keep the flies away.
If you want to use this insect repellent in eating areas, instead of tea tree oil, use 15 drops of peppermint oil.