If you are pregnant or have young children in your home, you should prohibit the use of pesticides. However, it can be difficult to know if a previous tenant or homeowner used liberal amounts of indoor pesticides. These chemicals may be persistent and pose a health risk to your family. Call (312) 920-9393 to have Indoor Science assess your property and perform pesticide testing.
Are pesticides dangerous?
Although the majority of studies on the health effects of pesticides relate to workplace exposures, there is a full body of evidence that even household exposures can lead to health effects. Children and fetuses are at risk in particular. In particular, you can read the article, Household pesticides and risk of pediatric brain tumors.
Are all pesticides dangerous? Exposure to all major categories of pesticides has shown a positive association with adverse health effects. Each may result in different health effects with different latency periods, but there is no universally safe pesticide. Health effects include brain cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer and acute lymphocytic leukemia in children.
How can Indoor Science help?
If you are having a pest problem, we can help identify some of the underlying causes. For example, we can find leaks and dampness that attracts pests. We can also identify failures in the building enclosure that allow access to pests.
For schools and commercial buildings, Indoor Science can also help you develop an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Instead of regularly spraying an increasing concentration of broad-spectrum pesticides, we can help you take a more targeted approach.
If you are concerned about existing pesticides in your space from previous tenants, Indoor Science can perform pesticide residual surface sampling. The more information you have about past pesticide use, the more we can target specific classes when performing pesticide testing.
What does pesticide testing cost?
Call us at (312) 920-9393 for a customized quote. The process only takes a few minutes and we’ll give you a quote over the phone. You may want to include other common chemicals and have us do testing for several different endocrine disrupting chemicals.