Eco-Friendly Pest Control Bad for Bugs, Better for Us

 Jena Ball couldn't sleep—the noise was deafening and keeping her awake night after night. The racket  wasn't coming from the next door neighbors, but instead was emanating from  inside her condo wall. "It was bizarre," says Ball.  

 But even more bizarre was what was causing the sound. "Turns out, a hive of big  black bees had bored into the outside walls of my unit," says Ball. "There were  so many, the wall was actually warm to the touch. When the maintenance company  found out, they sent in a special bee swat team. Apparently there are two  varieties of these particular bees—one is noisy but harmless, but the other is very aggressive and their sting is  toxic."  

 Ball was lucky—her bees were of the harmless variety, but the story is still frightening.  

 Whether you are living in a condo overseas or in the palm-treed communities of  South Florida, pests are an inevitable nuisance that can damage both landscapes  and homes. Whether it's raccoons causing mayhem amongst your trash cans,  termites lunching on your clubhouse, birds using your adjacent golf course as  their own porta-potty, or deer grazing placidly on your meticulously-groomed  grounds, it's a year-round task to keep pests away and property intact.  

 In this case, keeping pests away can sometimes be as dangerous as having them  around. You and your family can become exposed to the pesticides just like the  bugs you’re trying to kill. According to studies by the Environmental Protection Agency, various pesticides  have been shown to cause eye, skin and respiratory problems, allergic  reactions, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle weakness, and more, among  humans.  

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