The Dangers of DIY Pesticide Misuse in Households
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The Dangers of DIY Pesticide Misuse in Households

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Every day, homeowners around Canada use DIY pesticides to get rid of pests in and around their property. It seems easy and cost-effective, right? But by its very nature, pesticides kill. The consequences of misusing or mishandling this killer substance may reach far beyond its pest control benefits.

We will unveil the potential hazards associated with the misuse of DIY pesticides.

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The Hidden Dangers of DIY Pesticide Misuse

Homemade Pesticides: Dangerous Chemicals & Health Effects

Health Canada regulates pesticides under the authority of the Pest Control Products Act. It lists 3 reasons why homemade pesticides can be dangerous:

1. It’s not backed by scientific research that could prove its efficacy.

2. It’s not tested for its potential effects on humans, the environment, wildlife, etc.

3. They do not have any labels or safety instructions that could lead to a disaster

Immediate risks include:

  • Burning in your skin, eyes, nose, or throat if you come into contact with pesticides. The potential repercussions of exposure to certain substances could potentially manifest in a variety of severe symptoms, such as migraines, convulsions, nausea, retching, disorientation, respiratory complications, muscular debilitation, and, in some extreme cases, a state of unconsciousness.
  • Pesticides can trigger allergic reactions that might lead to subsequent health problems, such as skin eruptions, breathing difficulties like asthma, and, in the worst cases, anaphylaxis.
  • Possible long-term health effects include cancer, congenital disabilities, effects on reproduction and development, damage to genetic material and other effects that may impair health.

Improper Application

Not following pesticide instructions risks overexposure, contamination, and waste.

When these pesticides are improperly handled—not wearing protective gear like gloves and masks—it can lead to certain health risks that may present themselves in the form of dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and headaches.

Too much can leave toxic residue on surfaces, including food. The wrong type can harm your plants and trees. Improper application can lead to runoff pollution that could harm wildlife.

Overuse of Pest Control Products

Using unnecessary pesticides often makes it less effective because pests can become resistant, requiring stronger chemicals over time. This can affect the natural balance of your garden, eliminating or hurting the good bugs that keep pests in check.

In addition, the overuse of pesticides could lead to vapours still being in the air. This could ultimately lead to poisoning with symptoms like stomach cramps, blurred vision, excessive eye watering, vomiting, muscle aches and weakness, etc.

Not Taking Necessary Protection

Prioritizing protection is crucial while applying pesticides as it exposes you to hazardous chemicals. Wear appropriate safety gear when handling pesticides. This means goggles, masks, gloves, and long-sleeved apparel. Additionally, after handling pesticides, remember to wash your hands and clothes. It's a good idea not to smoke while using these as well. Also, keep children and pets away from the sprayed area.

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Unsafe Storage

Store pesticides in a secure location in their original containers with readable labels. Keep it out of direct sunshine, heat, and moisture by storing it in a cool, dry area. Refrain from stashing them near food, water, or household stuff. Ensure that children and pets cannot access them. Dispose of leftover or expired pesticides according to package directions and local trash regulations.

Inaccurate Information

Using wrong or old information can affect pesticide use. Do your research first. Trust legit sources like the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, Canadian Horticultural Council, or the National Pesticide Information Center. Skip homemade or unregistered pesticides.

Unsatisfactory Results

Determine the nature of your pest problem before using pesticides. Be aware of the type of pests you have, the extent of the infestation, the source of the infestation, and so on. Use a combination of methods, not just chemicals. It's more effective and safer.

What Professional Pest Control Brings to the Table

Thinking of handling those pests yourself? It's not worth the trouble. Here’s why our trained professional might suit the job better.


Our certified team is like pest whisperers. They know their stuff and can handle any pest situation. They'll figure out the type, extent, and source of your pest problem, providing the best solution for you. Plus, they've got tips to keep those pests away.

Safety First

We ensure the use of only those pesticides given the green light and officially registered. Your house and pets are in good hands with our team. Our primary concern is safety; we are all about following the law and applicable regulations. Our top-notch equipment and techniques ensure we apply pesticides safely, minimizing exposure or waste.

Get Results

We're not here to drag things out. Buzz Boss promises to kick those pests to the curb, causing as little disruption to your home and routine as possible. Our secret is an integrated approach, ensuring a result that lasts. We keep tabs on our treatments, providing you with a written report and a solid warranty.

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FAQs About DIY Pesticides

What risks come with using pesticides containing illegal and hazardous chemicals?

If you're around illegal or harmful chemicals without appropriate protective gear and with no safety measures in place, the dangers are respiratory complications, cancer, memory disorders, dermatologic conditions, depression, neurological deficits, and congenital disabilities.

What are the pesticide rules in Canada?

Pesticides must be registered before being imported, manufactured, sold or used in Canada. Health Canada's PMRA administers the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA).

What kinds of pests can Buzz Boss handle?

With the help of our team of highly knowledgeable and licensed pest control experts, you can relax and enjoy your beautiful outdoor space without worrying about pests. We build invisible barriers to keep those pests out of your house and yard, preventing damage or disruptions to your backyard.

Is Buzz Boss dedicated to environmental preservation?

Indeed, Buzz Boss ardently commits to safeguarding the environment and mitigating its ecological footprint. We only use approved and registered pesticides, and the cool part is they're safe for humans, pets, and the environment. Plus, we're all about using as little pesticide as possible. When we use them, it's targeted and precise to ensure there's no contamination or wastage. We take this stuff seriously to keep everything and everyone safe.

How can I keep those pests away and cut down on using pesticides?

It all comes down to cleanliness and keeping things in order. Get rid of any openings or gaps. Clear out the clutter, and stash away the food sources. And here's a tip – try using traps, baits, or barriers that don't involve chemicals. It can make a big difference.

Safety And Effectiveness Are Always A Priority For Us!

We use a combination of natural and eco-friendly products that are safe for you, your family, and your pets, and we are committed to using the least invasive methods possible.

If you’re currently dealing with a pest issue, Buzz Boss has got you covered. Don't hesitate to reach out for a free quote.

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