Pest Control Exposure Effect on Human Health

Why Pest Control

Pest control is a term that almost everybody knows nowadays. The pest has become one of the biggest problems in people's life. And, of course, it's no big deal if a cockroach killer, mosquito killer, or other pesticide is found in someone's house. But what is a matter of concern is, do we know? Have you ever checked what chemicals are used in these pesticides? How harmful can that be to our health?

The biggest mistake we make is going to any agriculture pesticide shop and buying the readily available pesticide in fewer amounts without even thinking whether the pesticide we are buying is safe to use at home or not.

The pesticides available at the market shop are generally of four types.

  • Insecticide
  • Herbicide
  • Rodenticide
  • Fungicide


Insecticides are the ones that are sold in an immense amounts at stores. But you are unaware of the thing that how harmful insecticides contain. Most insecticides are made for the field or open areas. And they are dangerous even after spraying in the field area where the fumes can evaporate; then, think how hazardous it can be when these insecticides are sprayed at home.

The chemicals present in the insecticide will go into our lungs through breathing and can damage our respiratory system in no time. So whenever you buy pesticides, ensure they contain the chemicals safe to use inside the home too.

Check all the ingredient details added to the insecticide to ensure they are safe for you and your family. For example, if the active ingredients are bifenthrin, permethrin, cyfluthrin, beta-cyfluthrin, deltamethrin, cypermethrin, and lambda-cyhalothrin, then these all are included in Pyrethrins or Pyrethroids, and they don't harm our nervous system and any body part in any way.

These describe active ingredients that are safe to use. But accept these if any other active ingredients like hydrogen cyanide, naphthalene, nicotine, and methyl bromide are included, then think twice before purchasing them as they can poison us even only through breathing. If anyhow, inhale or get into touch with your skin. And it seems only possible to spray some insecticide at home and come in contact with them if we empty our house during insecticide spray.


Herbicide is a kind of pesticide used to kill the weed. Weed often troubles us by growing in our mini garden. It sometimes grows inside our home, for example, on the roof, corner points where wall and land meet (in case of not fully developed), etc.

Although herbicide has significantly fewer chances to be used inside the house but still in any case, if there is a need to use them, we should be careful before purchasing them. The active ingredients in herbicide are Atrazine, bentazon, or the chemical name (2,4-dichloro phenoxy acetic acid, diglycolamine salt of 3,6-dichloro-0-anisic acid), which can cause limb effect to the human and high exposure of Atrazine can cause reduced survival of fetuses to pregnant women.


These substances are used to kill rats, Mice, and Other Rodents. Rodenticides are meant to contain poison. Every Rodenticide is terrible if it comes into contact with skin or goes inside the body. Cholecalciferrol (vitamin D3) is the most dangerous active ingredient in Rodenticides. Whereas Warfarin is the active ingredient in some rodenticides and is considered t be less toxic but still harmful.

If you are taking Rodenticide in use, wash your hand properly after use and avoid touching your face while applying rodenticide substances at home.


The active ingredients, or the harmful, dangerous chemical compound in fungicides, are mainly Sulfur and Copper. And these are very toxic substances. And you will shock to know that the fungicides available in powdered form contain approximately 90% of sulfur, making them even more toxic!

Before using any pesticide, be aware of what you are using, or is it even safe to use them? What active ingredients do these pesticides contain, and how harmful can they be to your health? Pesticides available in the market are made for killing pests, but it's not the case that they will only kill insects. The chemicals they contain to kill pests can also harm you and your family.

So before using or buying any pesticide, we should know how harmful the ingredients can be present in the pesticide. What side effects can they cause to human health? We must know whether or not the active ingredients are even approved for inside (inside the home) use. And if yes, where can we use them, or what precautions do we need to take to use them?

We should read the label carefully while purchasing the pesticide to understand the precaution and to get the knowledge of the active ingredients they contain. And in which area using them is completely safe. And if not, we should ask the vendor, "Is it safe to use them inside the home or not?" and "What are the points we need to remember before and while using them?"

If you are attentive, you can save your family from these harmful causes.



  • Apr 24, 2021
  • Category: Blogs
  • Comments: 2
cfdxf July 27, 2023


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