Is Your Home Covered in Pesticides?
Think twice before wearing your running shoes inside your home. A new report in the journal Environmental Science & Technology discovered that insecticides, including those now deemed too unsafe to sell, were found on the floors of a high number of U.S. homes.
The researchers, from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, based the findings on a nationally representative sample of 500 residential homes in 2005 and 2006.
The most commonly detected chemicals and the percentage of floors on which they were found:
- Permethrin (89%)
- Chlorpyrifos (78%)
- Chlordane (64%)
- Piperonyl butoxide (52%)
- Cypermethrin (46%)
- Fipronil (40%).
So clean your floors ASAP, and make sure to always remove your shoes before entering your home. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, exposure to certain pesticides is associated with health problems ranging from skin rashes to nervous system disorders and cancer. Children are at the greatest risk of harm because of their hand-to-mouth habits and still-developing nervous systems.
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David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.