Metarhizium anisopliae is a much safer form of pesticide than chemical based agents for end users as it will reduce inputs from harmful chemical pesticides which are damaging to human health from either direct exposure (growers) or indirect exposure (contaminated drinking water).
- Reducing exposure of workers to harmful pesticides.
- This is particularly important in regards to women's health for the reasons listed below:
- Studies show women exposed to pesticides during pregnancy have higher risk of fertility problems, spontaneous abortions or stillborn babies.
- Reproductive risks are higher from maternal than paternal exposures to pesticides.
- Exposure during early pregnancy in linked to increased birth defects (e.g. cleft lip and palate, spina bifida and limb abnormalities) and reproductive system abnormalities and cancers.
- Some pesticides (organochlorines) enter the babies system via the mother's milk.
Certain strains of Metarhizium can also be used to kill insect vectors of disease. These include:
- Mosquitoes - Malaria, Yellow fever, Dengue, Filariasis, Heartworm
- Midges - Blue tongue virus
- Ticks - Lyme disease, Babesia, Crimean-Congo-hemorrhagic fever
- Tsetse flies, Sandflies, Blackflies - River blindness, African sleeping sickness