Pesticides used to kill ants, cockroaches, fleas, ticks, lice and other lawn, garden and home pests can still be found in UK kitch...
Two new reports out this week provide two more good reasons to avoid using pesticides whenever possible. The first found that pesticides linger in living spaces long after they've been used to kill cockroaches, ants, wasps, fleas and ticks or other pests in the home, lawn and garden.
About 165 pesticide compounds are probable or possible carcinogens, and a recent study linked pesticide exposure during pregnancy to leukemia. Other pesticides may mimic hormones and affect early childhood development, reproduction and other diseases. Pesticides have been linked to everything from Parkinson's disease to obesity, and they often stay on the market long after independent scientists raise serious concerns about their safety.
The results were sobering: Most UK kitchen floors are laced with pesticides - several known to be toxic and several that were banned decades ago.
The most commonly found pesticides are listed here in order of the most to least common:
The results suggest a couple important things: One, that current homeowners don't have complete control over the contaminants in their homes, given that these pesticides linger for decades in indoor spaces; and two, that children and pets are most likely to be exposed to these chemicals, given that they crawl around on the floor and are more likely to ingest dust from the floor.