Pests live where they are not wanted or cause harm to crops, people, or animals. Pesticides can help get rid of them. Pesticides are not just insect killers. They also include chemicals to control weeds, rodents, mildew, germs, and more. Many household products contain pesticides.
Pesticides can protect your health by killing germs, animals, or plants that could hurt you. However, they can also be harmful to people or pets. You might want to try non-chemical methods first. If you do need a pesticide, use it correctly. Be especially careful around children and pets. Proper disposal of pesticides is also important - it can help protect the environment.
Biologically-based pesticides are becoming more popular. They often are safer than traditional pesticides.
Environmental Protection Agency
- Citizen's Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety (Environmental Protection Agency) - PDF
- Pesticides (American College of Medical Toxicology) - PDF
- Pesticides (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)
- What Is a Pesticide? (Environmental Protection Agency)
Prevention and Risk Factors
- Read the Label First! Protect Your Household (Environmental Protection Agency) - PDF
Treatments and Therapies
- In Case of Pesticide Emergency (Environmental Protection Agency)
- Safe Disposal of Pesticides (Environmental Protection Agency)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Mixture Effects of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and Three Organochlorine Pesticides on...
- Article: Organophosphate Pesticides and Pyrethroids in Farmland of the Pearl River Delta,...
- Article: Recent Progress in Electrochemical Nano-Biosensors for Detection of Pesticides and Mycotoxins...
- Pesticides -- see more articles