The application of pesticides to control insect populations has occurred under a number of conditions, especially when insect-borne diseases become a threat.
Malathion is the only pesticide recently evaluated for such use, and that evaluation determined that it poses no risk to human populations or the environment.
Methods and rates of application and approved products have been thoroughly researched. Used as recommended, malathion is the safest product available.
Animal testing has revealed very low toxic, reproductive or carcinogenic effects, even when fed at high doses.
Monitoring for health effects on humans when malathion is ingested through the skin or by breathing indicates no cause for alarm.
The damage inflicted on other insect species can be minimized.
Extensive studies of malathion’s effects on children and pregnant women have also proven that the risk is minimal.
Authorities have concluded the risks of spraying malathion are negligible.
Spraying of malathion to prevent spread of the West Nile virus is safe.
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