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Health Hazards Of Using Orthenex


Orthenex is an insect & disease controlling concentrated solution. It’s mainly used by rose gardeners to get rid of insects, diseases and mites that plague the gardens. The primary ingredients used in this solution are acephate, triforine and fenbutatin-oxide. It’s suitable for use on all types of roses, flowers, shrubs and shady trees. But its usage on edible plants is strictly prohibited. This is due to the fact that the primary ingredients in this solution are considered toxic and dangerous to humans. But it is still widely used by gardeners for its benefits.


Orthenex usually comes in a 14 oz. aerosol can. The product has been widely marketed and sold to gardeners to resolve all pest and plant-disease related problems. It’s capable of dealing with harmful insects like aphids, flower thrips, lace bugs, leafhoppers, budworms, leaf miners, spittlebugs, fuchsia mite and two spotted spider mite. The solution is also effective in stopping and preventing black spot on roses, powdery mildew and other diseases. When solution is sprayed on the required plants it is absorbed directly by the leaves thus stopping and preventing the spread of major plant diseases. The sprayed solution quickly kills insects and mites. Since the chemicals are completely absorbed by the plant Orthenex helps in continues controlling of insects and diseases. But there are various side effects to using this solution.


The label on the product advises the user to maintain extreme caution. The solution is highly dangerous to humans and poses some serious health hazards. Even slight contact with the skin or eyes is dangerous and immediate medical attention is required. So it is best to use protective clothing and gloves while using Orthenex, this can save you from possible exposure or skin contact. Since the solution is toxic accidental ingestion can be fatal. The affected person must be immediately taken to a hospital. Since the solution is usually used in spray form there is a possibility of inhaling the spray. If such instances occur, then the affected person must be moved to a open place with fresh air. If the person falls unconscious or continues to cough for several minutes immediate medical attention is required.

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In addition to all the hazards on humans it also causes problems to the plant. Orthenex not only kills the unwanted insects, it also kills useful insects that are necessary for healthy growth of plant. Insects and bugs like mantis, butterflies, bees, ladybugs etc. get killed when they come in contact with plants that are exposed to Orthenex. This is very bad for plants and shrubs as the natural pollinators are not able to help in its pollination. Further more if an edible plant is sprayed with this solution accidentally this will render the plants fruits inedible for human consumption. But many people use this dangerous substance without fully understanding the risk they are putting themselves and others into. The label of the product itself states how dangerous and hazardous the chemicals used in it are. People should start using other non toxic methods for preserving their garden.

By Sia Attavar, published at 03/08/2012
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