The term pest is used to denote anything that threatens the environment or human health. Pests can be weeds or ants, mice or even deer being harmful for agriculture. Pesticides are used to kill and repel pest, avert animal diseases. Thus, they are very dangerous and the risks of using them in domestic situations or agriculture should be considered beforehand. Pest control chemicals may be pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, weedicides, rodenticides, repellents or biocides.
In case prevention is not effective, people have to use pest control chemicals. If pest control chemicals are used in domestic conditions, it is necessary to follow the instructions on the product label. Moreover, it is better to hire a professional who knows how to deal with the pests. Despite the toxicity of pest control chemicals, they may be harmful to humans and the environment in case they are used inappropriately or carelessly.
There are many potential hazards of pest control chemicals to humans. First of all, fungicides can irritate eyes, skin and throat when inhaling its spray or dust. Secondly, herbicides are irritating for human skin, nasal passages and chest. Moreover, if a person inhales its dust, she or he may feel dizzy. Thirdly, the potential hazard of insecticides is poisoning which may lead to a malfunction of a nervous system. Lastly, the use of pest control chemicals may cause Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s diseases or any kind of cancer. However, the hazard to humans depends on the toxicity of the pest control chemical and the amount of exposure. So, it is better to use products which are toxically low and consider the level of exposure.
To sum up, it is important to be aware of the hazards of the potential pest control chemicals before using them. People should use them properly in order to not harm themselves and the environment. It is necessary to read the product label and ask for a piece of advice from sales staff before buying a pest control chemical. Furthermore, it is safer to prepare only the smallest portion of pest control chemicals required for killing or controlling a specific pest. Finally, special equipment is needed to work with these chemicals, which has to be thoroughly washed after usage.