Everyone is suffering from pests nowadays. Although many methods use chemicals easily available for pest removal. But they may cause some very dangerous harm to our respiratory system especially when it comes to kids and golden age people as their immune systems are not much strength to fight with problems.



What is pest


Household pests are insects or animals which can destroy your house and harmful effect on humans and their food. And not only is that but there is a possibility that they can also affect your health as well. 

For example, they can cause health issues by stinging and biting.


Type of pest

There are many kinds of insect species, we are surrounded by. Some of them we usually catch sight of at our houses. Such as ants, mosquitoes, flies, rats, etc.


1. Ant

Ants are the most common insect which we have in our house. More than 10,000 species occur around the world. They often live in colonies that can contain 1000 members.


2. Cockroach

Cockroaches are the members of the order Blattodea. They are between 350to 400 million years old, estimated by experts. They usually go for wet, dark, and warm places such as behind sinks, refrigerators, inside furniture, sewers.


In houses, cockroaches are mainly found in the kitchen and can spread many illnesses such as dysentery, leprosy, cholera, and food poisoning.


3. Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes mostly approach in the summer season but they can be found year-round. They usually prefer warm, humid weather and so the consequences are they often found around still water.

Mosquitoes live by sucking on the blood of humans. And able to spread diseases like malaria, yellow fever, the Zika virus, and the West Nile virus.

They can easily come into the home through windows, cracks, and holes, and other openings too.


4. Flies

Like mosquitoes, flies can also enter your house through windows, holes, cracks, they can also bread in things like rotten food, garbage, and manure.


Flies mature just in a few days, so you may have flies infestation just in a short period. The worst part of having a fly infestation is they transmit diseases like diarrhea, typhoid fever, cholera, and can also cause eye infections like trachoma.


5. Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small, oval-shaped, brownish insects that live on human blood and animal. Adult bed bugs are kind of flat that can swell up by sucking on human blood and become reddish. Bed bugs can scroll on floors, walls, and ceiling but they don’t fly.

Bed bugs can scroll on floors, walls, and ceiling but they don’t fly. The female tendency of bed bugs may lay a hundred eggs. The maturity state of immature bugs depends on the blood they take.

They often result in itchy red spots. Generally, the spots are exposed on areas like the neck, face, and hands.

Most people use pesticides to get rid of pests. But pesticides are combined with highly dangerous chemicals, also known as chemical compounds. Chemicals that are used in pesticides may affect crops and carry diseases such as malaria and typhus. Some of the chemicals which are present in pesticides can also cause serious health issues like cancer, and tumors.


Pesticide Toxicity:


Schedules are used to define the dangerousness of the pesticide chemicals. They take into account things like how toxic the chemical substance is, and how it will be used, and what form it will take (for example powder, liquid, or spray).


Pesticides include either unscheduled or into schedules 5, 6, or 7. Each schedule has a warning, which appears on the label.


Scheduled Poison Toxicity Level Label Warning


(readily available) 

some may display

(keep out of children)

Schedule 5 slight caution
Schedule 6 moderate poison
Schedule 7 high dangerous poison


Harm to the Environment

Several pesticides like spray give fast results and kill pests easily. But despite their benefits, the pesticide can be reckless to both humans and the environment. Numerous chemicals are present in pesticides that can linger in the environment for years and are prone to toxicity. 


While some other pesticides which are only intended to affect pests may also be dangerous for animals and birds for example if a bird consumes an insect that is killed by insecticide may be poisoned.


Pesticide Impact on Health

Pesticide can take the form of liquid, powder, spray, and solid and can easily affect your body by just touching your face, body, rubbing your eyes after using the pesticide. Inhale pesticide vapor, spray, or particles. Be in direct touch with pesticide-affected cloths or touch the surface which is pesticide-treated.


Pesticide can cause short-term (acute) as well as long-term (chronic) effects on human health.


1. Acute (immediate) Health Effect

Immediate health effect which we have by pesticides is irritation in the throat, nose, skin causes burning, itching, rashes, and blisters.

It can also cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, and blurred vision, in some cases due to pesticides a person can have diarrhea, sweating, and stomach cramps.


In some cases, pesticide poisoning has the same symptoms as colds or flu.


Since the pesticide-related illness causes the same symptom as the usual illness so pesticide poisoning is underreported.


Pesticide poisoning's immediate (acute) symptoms are not severe enough that one may need medical attention.


2. Chronic (Long Term) Health Effect

Chronic health effects involve cancer and other tumors like brain and nervous system damage. It can also cause damage to the liver, kidney, lungs, and other body organs.


Chronic effects may not emerge for weeks, months, and even sometimes for years and then appear to make it difficult to link it with pesticide poisoning.


Some pesticides even have chemical compounds that are deadly to humans if consumed by humans even by inhaling the vapor.


Some pesticides function as endocrine disruptors and can cause serious harm to animals including cancer and development problems. And may cause a similar effect on the human body also.


3. Pesticide Exposure Factors

Children, pregnant women, and golden age people are much more vulnerable to pesticide exposure. In the case of children their immune system, nervous system, organs, and other biological systems are still in developing states which are more vulnerable to pesticide toxicity. Children have higher respiratory rates so inhale the pesticide chemical at a faster rate than adults. While pregnant women and golden age people case their immune system becomes weaker to handle the toxic element pesticide have.



The alternative to Pesticides


Instead of using pesticides suffuse with chemicals you can use Organic ways to remove pesticides. It might take some time to remove the pesticide from the organic way but it will not be harmful to your health.


We all know Health is Wealth, then why suffer from chemicals when there are other ways possible to deal with pests. Use organic and be healthy and remove pests in a non-toxic way.




  • Feb 12, 2021
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