The next thing you know, we’re grabbing that can of RAID and spraying like there’s no tomorrow.
We tell ourselves we’re protecting our homes — and even our families. But it looks like the bug killers we’ve been depending on for years could leave a child you love fighting for his life.
A new Harvard study just published in Pediatrics has found that common household pesticides can trigger deadly cancers in kids.
Researchers pooled 16 previous studies and discovered that children who were exposed to indoor pesticides were 47 percent more likely to develop leukemia and had a 43 percent greater chance of having lymphoma.
Pesticides damage DNA
It’s no secret that bug killers include extremely dangerous chemicals — including powerful nerve agents — that have been proven to damage DNA. So the link between pesticides and cancer is just common sense.
But what many people don’t realize is that even if you’re careful with how much of these products you use around your home, you can still put your kids and grandkids at risk.
That’s because these poisons can linger in the air and on surfaces for days. And scientists say they’re not sure how much pesticide exposure it takes to up a child’s cancer risk — but it’s probably not much.
There’s no sense subjecting our kids — or ourselves — to the risks of these toxic pesticides. Especially when there are proven, chemical-free ways to control pests in your home.
Block their access to food, water and shelter. Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home, take out trash regularly, wash dishes immediately after using them, and keep your kitchen and bathroom as dry as possible.
And try natural and safe insect deterrents like citronella, peppermint oil and bug zappers. You’ll be getting rid of those annoying critters while keeping a safe environment for the kids you love.
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