Archive for Friday, April 5, 2013

Letter: Pesticide concern

April 5, 2013


To the editor,

In response to Jennifer Smith’s garden column (Journal-World, April 4), I’m sorry, but if trees could talk, they would say “don’t spray me with pesticides — the woodpeckers were working just fine.”

According to Beyond, even the supposedly low-toxicity pesticide permithrin “is toxic to all insects” meaning that “both beneficial insects and pests are affected. In some cases, predator insects may be susceptible to a lower dose than the pest, disrupting the predator-prey relationship.” Birds that eat the insects are affected as well. The makers of the product call this pesticide “extremely toxic” to wildlife.

Smith also mentions bifenthrin as an option for killing borers. Beyond Pesticides says that scientists are particularly concerned about this pesticide’s effect on birds as it bioaccumulates, or builds up in their tissues, affecting not only them but also other creatures that might feed on them.

I appreciate Smith’s concern for Lawrence trees, but as the old saying goes, “Don’t remove a fly from your friend’s forehead with an axe.”


Richard Heckler 4 years, 11 months ago

More pesticides/herbicides cannot bring much joy to humans as well. Cancer is painful and expensive. Perhaps humans might consider doing all we can to encourage the expansion of natural predators.

These pesticides may also be contributing to the demise of honey bee populations. Fake honey from Monsanto ...... no thank you.

Most all toxic landscape chemicals het quite specific as to their potential harmful impacts on pregnant moms and young children. Are fathers immune to toxic chemical impacts? Probably not.

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