There are many known disease caused in part by pesticides. Synthetic pyrethrins (deltamethrin, cypermethrin, bifenthrin, fenvalerate, permethrin, resmethrin, and sumithrin) act as neurotoxins to invertebrate pests, fish, birds, and vertebrates such as children equally. The most severe cases involve Infants and small children that cannot metabolize and excrete pyrethroids through liver functions leading to paralysis, muscle fibrillation, diarrhea and death due to respiratory failure (Extension Toxicology Network, Pyrethroids 1994). Symptoms of acute exposure in infants last only two days (Gary, infant death, and anaphylactic respiratory distress). Tests have shown latent traces of pyrethroids in muscle and fatty tissue even after limited exposure, such as putting a toy or food that has fallen in a treated area into a child's mouth, or absorbing the product through the skin from a treatment area.
*Since the mid-1980s, asthma rates in the United States have skyrocketed to epidemic levels, particularly in young children. In the U.S. alone, around 16 million people suffer from asthma. Asthma is a serious chronic disorder of the lungs characterized by recurrent attacks of bronchial constriction, which cause breathlessness, wheezing, and coughing. Asthma is a dangerous, and in some cases lif e-threatening disease. Researchers have found that pesticide exposure can induce a poisoning effect linked to asthma.
Did You Know?
- Nearly 1 in 8 school-aged children have asthma. This rate is rising most rapidly in pre-school aged children.
- Asthma is the leading cause of school absenteeism due to chronic illness. Every year, asthma accounts for 14 million lost days of school.
- Asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among those younger than 15 years.
- The number of children dying from asthma increased almost threefold from 1979 to 1996.
- The estimated cost of treating asthma in those younger than 18 years is $3.2 billion per year.
- Low-income populations, minorities, and children living in inner-cities experience disproportionately high morbidity and mortality due to asthma.
Roughly one in six children in the U.S. has one or more developmental disabilities, ranging from a learning disability to a serious behavioral or emotional disorder. Scientists believe that the amount of toxic chemicals in the environment that cause developmental and neurological damage are contributing to the rise of physical and mental effects being found in children. Studies show children's developing organs create "early windows of great vulnerability" during which exposure to pesticides can cause great damage. In the U.S., requirements for testing pesticides and other chemicals for potential developmental and learning disorders are minimal. A developing brain is much more susceptible to the toxic effects of chemicals than an adult brain. During development, the brain undergoes a highly complex series of processes at different stages. Interference from toxic substances that disrupt these processes can have permanent consequences. That vulnerability extends from fetal development through infancy and childhood to adolescence. Research has shown that environmental toxicants, such as pesticides, at low levels of exposure can have subclinical effects-not clinically visible, but still important adverse effects, such as decreases in intelligence or changes in behavior.
Our Professional Pest Control, Non-Medical Advice for Expectant Mothers:
- We will terminate your existing pest control company for you if they have ever sprayed a single drop of toxin on your property;
- We will decontaminate as much of your home as possible and remove as much toxic pesticide residue as possible;
- We keep keep unsanitary disease-causing insects away from you, your baby, and your family with our all-natural, non-toxic products that are effective at controlling all the same insect pests and "Safe Around Children and Pets";
- We suggest that you do not purchase or handle synthetic pesticides or other toxic chemicals;
- If a member of your family handles synthetic pesticides occupationally or otherwise, avoid contact with their clothes and have them wash their own clothes at high temperatures; always separate contaminated clothes from any of your garments or infant garments;
- If you have school-age children, be certain to keep them home on days when the school may apply pesticides or herbicides to school property;
- If you have synthetic pesticides in your home or garage, we will remove them and dispose of them for you at no charge.
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