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)
- 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)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Toxicoepidemiology of poisoning exhibited in Indian population from 2010 to 2020:...
- Article: An Experimental Approach to Study the Effects of Realistic Environmental Mixture...
- Article: Factors Associated with Practice of Chemical Pesticide Use and Acute Poisoning...
- Pesticides -- see more articles