Pesticides emit pollutants such as hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). These pollutants can contribute to health problems that may affect residents, the neighborhood, and the community.
Exposure to pesticides may cause the following:
- Irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat.
- Damage to the central nervous system and kidneys.
- Increased risk of cancer.
Chronic exposure to some pesticides can result in damage to the liver, kidneys, endocrine, and nervous systems.
Symptoms of exposure to pesticides may include:
- Muscular weakness.
Both the active and inert ingredients within pesticides can be organic compounds, which could add to the levels of organics inside home. Some health effects associated with organics include:
- Eye, nose, and throat irritation.
- Loss of coordination.
- Damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system.
- Symptoms of exposure to organics include:
- Irritation of the eye.
- Nose and throat discomfort.
- Allergic skin reaction.
- Difficulty in breathing.
- Declines in serum cholinesterase levels.
The inert ingredient that carries the active ingredient in a pesticide may not be toxic to the targeted pest, but may cause human health problems.
The inert ingredient may be organic compounds that are volatile liquids or gases at ambient conditions. All of these compounds are considered to be VOC.
Remember that the “-cide” in pesticides means “to kill”. When not used properly, pesticides may be dangerous to humans.
Keep Your Family Protected. Check the Indoor Air quality of your home and if its polluted, get it fixed.
Wish you Healthy Air.
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