Pesticides are designed to kill pests that can cause problems for humans, animals, and plants. Pesticides are often sprayed on lawns, gardens, crops, and other outdoor areas where pests might be present. Pest control companies will apply pesticides in liquid form using a sprayer or cover the pesticide with an absorbent mat before applying it to the ground. Pesticide safety is always top of mind during application but what about after they dry? Can people come into contact with dried pesticides without any harm? Before we keep going, we suggest you take a look at our Pest Guides to understand how to properly and safely treat for pests in and around your home.
What are pesticides and why do we use them?
Pesticides are a broad group of chemicals used to kill insects, rodents, and other organisms considered harmful to humans, crops, or livestock. Pesticides can be found in many different products from weed killers at home to insecticides on the food we eat. While pesticides have been known for killing bugs that destroy plants and threaten our health. Pesticides are also known for increasing our risk of cancer, diabetes, and other serious health problems. Pesticide residues have been found on food after they’ve dried which means that pesticide residue can remain even if it has already dried!
Pesticides are designed to be used outside or in controlled spaces so there is little chance you would come across them while inside your home. Pesticide exposure mostly happens when the product is being applied because it directly comes into contact with skin or eyes but repeated exposures may lead to more significant symptoms. Pesticide poisoning happens most often via ingestion (eating) but inhalation (breathing), eye irritation, dermal absorption through broken skin, allergic reactions, and asthma exacerbations.
Are Pesticides Safe After They Dry?
Pesticides are a common chemical used to kill bugs and other organisms that pose a threat to crops or are pests inside your home. Pesticide residue can stay on the surface of these plants, in your yard, or inside your home – even after they dry out which is why it’s important for people who work with pesticides, as well as those living near farms, to use precautions when handling them.
Pesticides are generally considered safe when they are dry, but some studies have shown there may be an increased risk of health effects for people who handle them shortly after they’ve dried on the surface. Pesticides contain chemicals that can cause harm at high doses or if used incorrectly. Pesticide residue is more likely to remain in areas where it’s manufactured and loaded onto farm fields, which means workers should wear protective clothing including long sleeves while handling these products. It’s also important for homeowners to take precautions before applying pesticides or hiring a professional pesticide applicator – especially since children are more vulnerable to these types of toxins than adults.
How to keep your family safe from pesticide residue
Keeping your family safe from pesticide residue can be challenging. There are ways you can reduce the risk of exposure to these harmful chemicals, and by taking a few simple precautions, it is possible to keep our families healthy and happy. Here we will look at some tips on how to prevent yourself or loved ones from getting into contact with traces of pesticides in food and drink: Tips for reducing pesticide contamination in drinking water: Make sure that good filtration systems like reverse osmosis filters (RO) and activated carbon filters (AC) remove most toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic; chemical toxins like fluoride; chlorine by-products; and agricultural chemical toxins from drinking water. Pesticides are typically not removed by these filters, but there is research that indicates some combination of carbon filtration with specific pressure-sensitive membranes could trap certain pesticides enough to be safe for human consumption.
How to keep your pets safe from pesticide residue
Pets are especially vulnerable to pesticides because their bodies aren’t able to break down toxins in the same way that humans do. Pesticides can come in many forms, including bug spray for your yard and flea medicine. If you think they may have ingested any pesticide residue, call poison control right away! They will be able to tell you what steps to take based on the type of poisoning your pet has experienced.
The best thing you can do is avoid using pesticides whenever possible by making sure there isn’t an infestation problem around where you live or work (mosquitoes, ticks & flies). You don’t want them getting into food either so make sure all produce is washed before use and store it properly.
When you do have to use pesticides, here are some steps that can help keep your pets safe:
- Read the label and follow all directions carefully! Pesticide labels will list what animals it is okay for and how much should be used. Some may even indicate not to apply near bodies of water or other areas where animals could get into them if they were accidentally spilled over. If there isn’t a specific warning on the pesticide label, look up any similar products online to see if they contain warnings as well. Always err on the side of caution when using pesticides around your furry friends!
- Don’t let children handle pesticides unless an adult has read & approved their use first ( make sure those adults know all the warning signs on the label too)
- Pesticides are especially harmful to younger animals, so be extra careful when using them around pets that have just been weaned. Not only can they get into any spilled pesticide more easily because of their small size, but some pesticides may affect how nutrients are absorbed in nursing mothers which could cause developmental problems for unborn babies!
- If you think your pet has come into contact with a pesticide or if it is showing symptoms like vomiting, dizziness, and nausea take it to the vet immediately. It’s better to err on the side of caution since many times these vets will not charge you anything beyond what your normal visit would cost due to poisoning emergencies. As always though make sure you check your pet insurance policy and call to make sure it will be covered before you run off to the vet.
- Pesticides can also be harmful to children too, so keep pets away from areas where kids play (especially sandboxes!) as well as out of their hands if they are trying to brush them or hold onto them during a visit. Pesticide residue may not wash off easily either because many pesticides contain oils that help them stick better after drying, which is why some people prefer using wipes instead!