External Resource: Pesticides and Children (National Pesticide Information Center) | Cliff notes: Safe when dry
Rash, gastrointestinal ulcerations, abdominal pain, upset stomach, heartburn, drowsiness, headache, cramping, nausea, gastritis, and bleeding…
Are you thinking these are side effects of lawn care products?
NOPE; These are the common side effects of Bayer Aspirin
Agricultural Health Study
Executive Quick Summary: Synthetic pesticides are not harmful to people
The AHS was designed to study the relationship between chemical exposures and health. Between 1993 and 1997, 52,394 licensed private pesticide applicators from Iowa and North Carolina enrolled, as did 32,345 of their spouses.
Private pesticide applicators are studied because their exposure to concentrated and diluted pesticides is exponentially more than that of the general population. Private pesticide applicators, as a generalization, are much more likely to cut safety corners to “get the crop up”. Private pesticide applicators are not required to test, complete continuing education, or maintain certification that Commercial Pesticide Applicators are (ProLawns specialists are Commercial Pesticide Applicators).
Private pesticide applicators have lower rates of many disease compared to the rest of the population, perhaps because they are less likely to smoke and are more physically active.
Regular exposure (applicators) of organic pesticides in the organophosphate insecticides & organochlorine chemicals categories are linked to developing some cancers, including prostate cancer, Parkinson’s disease, allergic asthma and may increase the risk of diabetes and thyroid disease.