I found this footage from April 2016 and wanted to get the word out about how bad this insecticide is for lizard life. While invertebrates *may* not feel pain, I have a feeling these poor little lizards do.
I wanted this video to show the effects of this insecticide to anyone looking for information on it – as I was after finding lizards twitching and stumbling around outside my house after the trees were sprayed to stop a bug from killing all the trees.
Pyrethroids are poisons that affect the electrical impulses in nerves, over-stimulating nerve cells causing tremors and eventually causing paralysis. Bifenthrin is classed as a type I pyrethroid and is less toxic to warm-blooded animals, such as mammals, than to cold-blooded animals, such as lizards.
Based on available data, bifenthrin has been classified as slightly toxic on an acute basis to terrestrial-phase amphibians and reptiles. The following video explains the mode of action for these pyrethroids.
I don’t think I’ll hire anyone to spray the garden for anything ever again.