Three independent studies published today in Environmental Health Perspectives, links prenatal pesticide exposure (measured in the urine of pregnant moms) to a reduced IQ in children. The research teams, from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the school of public health at the University of California, Berkeley, all conclude that pesticide exposure during pregnancy could negatively affect brain development. So how do you keep the bugs at bay?
Natural solutions for living harmoniously with bugs abound. In our NH corner, Lyme disease is the biggest bug-related concern. People vaccinate their pets for Lyme, spray their lawns, and use bug spray while an easier and less toxic solution is available. Guinea hens! Learn more about these fine, tick eating foul here. We like Murray McMurray Hatchery as a source of live poultry.
Perennial herbs like marigold, mint, and valerian give off pungent oils that help balance bug populations. Notice that we’re talking about balance here – not eradication. It’s almost impossible and not at all desirable to completely eliminate insects. To learn how to grow your garden organically and manage pests, John Jeavons book, How to Grow More Vegetables is an excellent resource. We like the prices and the natural insect controls offered through High Mowing Seeds.