A Few Good Reasons Not to Use Insecticides


| 10/13/2010 2:36:36 PM


Tags: Insects, Caterpillars, Butterflies, Milkweed bugs, Integrated Pest Management, Cindy Murphy,

CindyMurphyBlog.jpg“Insects outnumber humans 500,000 to 1 and, if not controlled, would soon destroy the human race and rule the earth

Oh! The horror!!!!

“…a single pair of flies, beginning operations in April, might be the progenitors, if all were to live, of some 191,010,000,000,000,000,000 flies by August of the same year… this number would cover the entire earth 47 feet deep.”

Run! Run for your life before it’s too late!!!

Or just use Raid; it kills bugs dead.



The quotes above are not from a B-horror flick just-in-time for Halloween release. They came from a pamphlet I found while cleaning out Mom’s cabinets. “What You Should Know About Insecticides” was in an envelope from S.C. Johnson & Son, along with a bunch of other pamphlets about things like “How To Have A Prettier Room,” and “How To Make House Cleaning Easier.” “What You Should Know About Insecticides” discusses Johnson’s Wax Laboratories brand new product, “Raid.” The year was 1956, and the envelope is so old the zip code line of the address reads, “Detroit 4, Michigan.” Why Mom kept it for all these years, I don’t know ... just like I’m not sure why I put it into my bag to bring home. Maybe, like Mom, I thought I might one day find a use for it ... like writing a blog about how far we’ve come during the last 50 years, from the grab a can of insecticide every time you see a bug or a hole in a leaf mentality, to the concept of Integrated Pest Management, commonly referred to as IPM.

Cindy Murphy
10/23/2010 6:18:41 AM

It's never too late, Stepper; I appreciate you taking the time to comment. The monarchs are probably my favorite too, which goes all the way back to when I was a kid. My dad was fascinated by them, and once took us up north to a place where they congregate before making their migration. There must have been hundreds, maybe even thousands of them! It was a sight I'll never forget. He also found a monarch caterpillar in the yard once and fitted a screen over an old fishtank, and filled it with milkweed, so we could watch the life cycle up close. It changed into a chrysalis, and when the butterfly emerged, we released it. It was a cool thing to see as a kid. I never did find out what the green bug was. I'm leaning toward some kind of katydid only because I've never seen a grasshopper that bright green.


Chris Davis
10/22/2010 10:34:04 PM

I know I'm late on this, but I appreciate your efforts for the Monarch Butterflies - they need the milkweed. There are many varieties of butterflies, but the Monarch has always been my favorite. And thanks to Shannon for the bug pictures. Good job! Did you ever find out about your green bug?


Cindy Murphy
10/15/2010 7:18:35 AM

Thanks, Vickie. Most of the photos were taken by Shannon, my nine year old. Good thing we're in the age of digital cameras - she took over a hundred pictures of things she found in the yard in just a few days! I bet once those chickens of yours get up and running around you'll have even less of a bug problem, (I wonder if they eat potato bugs?). Hope your chicken adventure is still going well for you. I'm looking forward to hearing about how it's coming along. Have a great weekend! Cindy







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