Is using an exterminator bad for my health?
September 5, 2004 11:23 AM Subscribe
How unhealthy is it (in terms of residual toxins, etc.) to have an exterminator come around? And are there any realistic alternatives? (more inside)
posted by bingo to health & fitness (6 answers total)
I rent a room on NYC’s upper west side. Despite the fact that there are moths and sometimes mice, my landlord/housemate refuses to allow the exterminator (which the superintendent sends by monthly) into the apartment. His arguments are that a) the whole extermination industry is a racket, and no exterminator does a thorough job because if he does his services will no longer be needed, and that b) exterminators use chemicals that will ultimately be worse for us to breathe in over the long term than it is to have to deal with the insects and vermin.
What I would like is information I can present him suggesting either a) that he’s wrong beyond any reasonable kind of doubt, or b) alternatives that he might be willing to consider (e.g. substances that will deter insects and mice but that will not produce airborne particles toxic to humans).
To those who would react with “move out,” please note that at present I can’t really afford to, and anyway my living situation is in many ways a sweet deal that I would like to hold on to for a while if at all feasible.
It’s just that not being able to store my cereals and such in the kitchen, because that’s where the bugs are, strikes me as pretty ridiculous.