This is an understatement of the century. It is a HOMICIDAL idea to use|
it around toddlers, and STUPID idea otherwise.
Check out this URL about the chalk:
Some quotes from the above:
"Deltamethrin and cypermethrin are synthetic pyrethroids, a class of
insecticides that act on the nervous system. Overexposure to them can
produce serious health effects, including vomiting, stomach pains,
convulsions, tremors, coma, and death due to respiratory failure"
"analyses of colorful boxes typically used for these products has found
high levels of lead and other heavy metals"
"Consumers who have purchased these illegal products should dispose of
them at their local household hazardous waste facilities"
In California, this stuff is illegal and sellers can be fined up to $5K
for selling it. "If anyone knows where such products are being sold,
please call DPR's Enforcement Branch, at (916) 445-3920, or the local
county agricultural commissioner,"
> Donald Burns wrote:
> > Marc,
> > Seems to me that the pest control guys down here use a common kitchen
> > chemical (white powder) such as Arm & Hammer stuff to fight hard shelled
> > insects. The last time we had a carpenter ant invasion, this stuff was used
> > along with some more toxic stuff. Wish I could remember what it was. I'm
> > sure someone else will know.
> > Don
> > firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> > >
> > > For those of you who dont grow plants in South Florida, I am doubtful that you could understand the "unreal" insect problem "we" deal with here.
> > >
> > > I have been looking for a way to kill a lot! of ants without having to use serious pesticides (I save the serious stuff for the more "colorful" groups of pest insects).
> > >
> > > Ants regularly invade and nest in every available pot I have and farm every miserable pest imaginable. Does anyone know of a good and fairly benign product that can be flooded on the plant as well as into the soil with good result?
> > >
> > > Thanks
> > >
> > > Marc
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