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Best Practices for Nitrogen Dioxide (See this topic in Outdoor Air Pollution above)

10. Pesticide and disinfectant residues are found indoors on surfaces and in the air. An example would be the use of Baygon in cracks and crevices for controlling bedbug infestations. (This pesticide is not approved by the US EPA for indoor use.) Although some of the pesticides are biodegradable, there is substantial persistence of the chemical on surfaces and toys for several days after application. Approximately 80% of human exposure to pesticides and disinfectants occurs indoors because of the chemicals that are used inside properties to control insects, rodents, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. Soil or dust contaminated with pesticides, agricultural chemicals, and chemicals deposited from air pollution also float into the property. These chemicals cause irritation to the eye, nose, and throat, damage to the central nervous system, liver and kidneys, and may increase the risk of cancer. Many thousands of children are poisoned by household pesticides, cleaning materials or disinfectants. The inert materials in pesticides may also be toxic to the child or older person. Cyclodiene pesticides, such as aldrin, endrin, and isodrin, in high concentrations cause headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, and potentially long-term damage to the liver and central nervous system.

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