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Pesticides are poisons and heavy toxins, whose negative effects can often far outweigh any positives of getting rid of of the pests. Also, they have been linked to a range of health problems, including asthma, hyperactivity and behavior problems, cancer, learning disabilities, reproductive disorders, and compromised brain development.

Children are uniquely vulnerable to pesticide exposure, and their immediate symptoms, especially in children, include headache, anxiety, blurred vision, irritability, weakness, slurred speech, cough, shortness of breath, asthma attacks, skin rashes, abdominal pain, and vomiting.

Helpful tips on protecting your children and your home from pesticide exposure:

  • Avoid toxic chemicals inside and outside of the house.
    • Even when used according to safety directions, they can pose health risks.
    • Consider safer pest management practices in and around the home.
  • Good sanitation and storage habits are essential by:
    • Keep counters, cabinets, and overall cleaning area clean and uncluttered.
    • Preventing entry of pests by proper structural support and techniques.
    • Using proper food storage.
    • Taking off shoes at the door to prevent tracking pesticides indoors onto the floor.
  • Keep your home dry and well ventilated.
    • Increase air circulation by opening windows and doors regularly and by utilizing fans.
    • Reduce moisture in your home’s basement with a dehumidifier.
  • Use native plants and grasses for landscaping.
    • For natural resilience to pest problems.
  • Choose organic and non-contaminated food and water sources
    • Children eat and drink proportionately more than adults, which results in more exposure to pesticides from food and drink.
  • Educate yourself on less toxic forms of pest control.

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