Naled is the pesticide in question and the EPA would have you believe that it is completely safe in “small doses.”
The EPA states that “Naled is safe in small doses,” but activists and researchers alike aren’t so sure.
Dr. Jennifer Sass, a senior NRDC scientist, tells New Times:
“County officials haven’t been giving complete warnings to people, I’ve seen some literature that said ‘no extra precautions are needed’ if they’re spraying. But we want people to take extra precautions to avoid coming in contact with residue.”
“When they’re spraying, close your windows, and turn off your air conditioning to avoid drawing the pesticide into your house. Make sure you take children’s toys inside, and wipe things down before you let people contact them again, especially a slide, barbecue, or pet food bowls, and especially things that come in contact with kids.”
The debate continues to swell and divide with some saying Naled is a “necessary evil” and others finding its use totally irresponsible.
As is normal in these situations, the loudest and clearest voice usually wins out.