SICK BUILDING SYNDROME is a somewhat controversial subject, in that there are many and varied theories as to the causes and effects. Common sense would suggest that the repeated applications of pesticides significantly contribute to the environmental conditions found inside modern buildings.
Heating and Air Conditioning systems (HVAC) utilize small amounts of “outside air”, in the overall recirculation system. Thus, toxic particles are essentially circulated throughout the building or the space. Extremely high temperatures will cause an alteration to the chemical structure of products, such as pesticides.
While little is actually known about the levels of toxicity brought about by higher temperatures, “common sense” and our senses of smell are the best indicators. Each of us has noticed the presence of odors upon entering a hot room. Carpet adhesives and stain resistant products break down in heat, and emit odors. The musty smell may be the result of the residual components of pesticides, which remain behind after the “carrier” solution has evaporated.
We ingest these products and toxic particles, with little knowledge of the lasting effect they have on our health. Attempts to clean or shampoo, may result in serious consequences, in that the liquid residue containing these toxic substances is improperly disposed of, and end up in our water supply.
ExCimex’s policy is to MINIMIZE the use of pesticides, particularly in control of bed bugs. Repeated applications of “safe” and highly regulated pesticides DO contribute to the environmental conditions within a building. More significantly, science is discovering that bed bugs DO possess a unique quality that affords them a resistance to most modern pesticides.
Standing alongside the property manager; partnering with the resident or tenant; understanding the pest; understanding the pesticide, and protecting the environment is our mission.
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