The effects of conventional pesticides and child exposures are vast. Children are being exposed to conventional pesticides in their homes, yards, day care settings and schools. About one-fourth of the over 1 billion pounds of conventional pesticides used annually in the United States are applied in these settings.
Although conventional pesticides have played a significant role in eliminating diseases and increasing food production, exposure to these chemicals can be harmful to humans.
- Short or long term exposures are possible through ingestion, skin contact or inhalation.
- Effects of conventional pesticides can be acute symptoms, which range from headaches, nausea, rashes, respiratory and eye irritation, headaches and in more severe instances burns, paralysis and even death.
- In addition, scientific studies have linked exposures to cancer, neurotoxicity, birth defects, reproductive disorders, kidney and liver damage.
- cockroach sprays and baits;
- insect repellents;
- flea and tick sprays, powders and pet collars;
- products that attack mold and mildew;
- bathroom disinfectants;
- sanitizers; and,
- lawn and garden products, such as weed killers.