Safer Pest Control Project
We Are Dedicated To Reducing Health Risks and Environmental Impacts of Pesticides and Promoting Safer Pest Control Alternatives.
What We Do
The Safer Pest Control Project is the only organization in the United States dedicated to protecting children and their families from the serious health consequences of pesticides.
Safer Pest Control Project (SPCP) works to reduce pesticide use and promotes safe, effective alternatives. There is a responsible and safe way to use pesticides, and we strive to provide a safer groundwork for pest control in the future.
The Danger Of Pesticides:
Pests are everywhere, from golf courses to Public Schools, from a farmer's field to your very own kitchen. What's not so obvious are the serious health consequences of pesticides. The "solution" can be more dangerous than the problem, especially among children because they have higher metabolism rates and often play on the ground and put objects in their mouths. Pesticides are the second most common source of childhood poisonings. In addition, studies show:
- Children have a 50% higher incidence of leukemia if their mothers are exposed to pesticides in the home up to 3 months before a pregnancy, during, or after it.
- Children under age 2 have 10 times the adult risk of developing cancer after pesticides and other chemical exposure; ages 3-15 have triple the risk.
- Children have a greater risk of developing asthma by age 5 after pesticides exposure in the first year of life.
The Solution: Reduce The Impact Of Pesticides
Safer Pest Control Project aims to reduce the impact of pesticides on human health. While we provide information to all who request it, a number of our programs focus on children, families living in low-income housing, and others with disproportionate exposure to environmental toxins. Our particular expertise with indoor pest control makes us unique among the few groups nationwide that address pesticides. We also work with park districts, landscapers and farmers. Our priorities are to:
- Minimize pesticide use in schools, day care centers, yards and parks.
- Reduce pesticide exposure and pest problems in low-income housing.
- Decrease groundwater contamination and exposure to lawn, garden and farm chemicals.
- Inform the public about pesticide risks and the availability of safer alternatives.
Changing The Way We Think About Pest Control:
Pests are an old problem that still grabs headlines because traditional pest control methods haven't solved it and never will.
Studies show that less than one percent of pesticides actually reach the intended target (the remainder has many unintended recipients including people and wildlife), and pests can develop a resistance to chemicals.