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Pesticides

Also called: Fungicides, Herbicides, Rodenticides
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Pests live where they are not wanted or cause harm to crops, people, or animals. Pesticides can help get rid of them. Pesticides are not just insect killers. They also include chemicals to control weeds, rodents, mildew, germs, and more. Many household products contain pesticides.

Pesticides can protect your health by killing germs, animals, or plants that could hurt you. However, they can also be harmful to people or pets. You might want to try non-chemical methods first. If you do need a pesticide, use it correctly. Be especially careful around children and pets. Proper disposal of pesticides is also important - it can help protect the environment.

Biologically-based pesticides are becoming more popular. They often are safer than traditional pesticides.

Environmental Protection Agency

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  • (Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pesticide Programs) - PDF
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)
  • (American College of Medical Toxicology)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)
  • (Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pesticide Programs)

Prevention and Risk Factors

  • (Environmental Protection Agency) - PDF

Treatments and Therapies

  • (Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pesticide Programs)

Related Issues

  • (National Pesticide Information Center)
  • (Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances) - In English and Spanish
  • (National Pesticide Information Center) - PDF
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Specifics

  • (Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pesticide Programs)
  • (Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pesticide Programs)
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Clinical Trials

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  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)

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