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pests, pest control, pest control alternatives, control measures

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ExEx 6012


Lawn and garden pests can be controlled using several different methods. Some individuals choose to use natural or botanical pesticides because they feel they are safe. Although this is normally true, few natural pesticides have undergone the stringent toxicological tests required for synthetic pesticides. Plants themselves manufacture natural pesticides to resist pests; however, natural does not always mean safe. In fact, some of the most toxic chemicals known to man occur naturally in plants. Most pesticides, both natural and synthetic, normally occur in very small amounts in plants. Humans usually eat a variety of foods, so the risk we face from pesticides is very small. However, the risk from improperly or carelessly applied pesticides can be substantial!