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Be careful with those insecticides, Pesticides Authority warns

Published:Tuesday | October 28, 2014 | 8:38 AM

The Pesticides Control Authority is urging persons to exercise caution when using insecticides to get rid of vectors, including mosquitoes, as efforts continue to control the spread of the chikungunya virus (chik-V).



Registrar of the Authority, Michael Ramsay, says that while insecticides are effective in getting rid of unwanted pests, overuse can lead to serious health complications.



In addition to the health risks associated with overuse of insecticides, Ramsay says over time insects can become resistant to particular chemicals, rendering them ineffective.



However, he says this is not applicable to the chemical deet, contained in some mosquito repellents.



According to Ramsey the repellents with deet are designed to keep mosquitoes off rather than killing them.



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