Pesticide 411: What to Watch for Around the House

The pesticides used in homes to control weeds and insects can also be harmful in large doses.  Pesticides are associated with health hazards ranging from skin rashes to respiratory irritation.  Children and pets are at risk due to their proximity to the ground, and hand to mouth tendencies.  While many of the more dangerous pesticides have been removed from the market, it’s important to be aware of what you have in your garage, and what your exterminator uses, and how to keep exposures low. CTEH’s Dr. Kelly Scribner explains more and offers helpful handling tips in our latest video:

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Key Takeaway: 

A tremendous variety of pesticides are available on the market and they vary in their pest/plant targets, toxicity, and potential hazards.  Many newer pesticides have been designed to be more toxic to pests rather than animals and humans.  For example, pyrethroids, which are common indoor pesticides such as RAID©, are generally non-toxic to humans, but rapidly toxic to insects.   Also, many companies have begun developing “biopesticides” which are derived from natural materials such as animals, plants, bacteria, and minerals.  Biopesticides are usually less toxic than conventional pesticides, and are more specific in the pest they target.