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Up to 80% of contact with pesticides happens indoors - we bring them indoors with our shoes and yard equipment. Several pesticides cause asthma and allergies; others are linked to lung disease, cause cancer or affect the nervous system. In one study, 90% of people tested had 5 to 16 pesticides in their bodies; most of the 6-11 year olds tested in one study had four times the amount deemed acceptable by the EPA (2005 CDC report).
Buy pest control products without chemicals. For alternative methods, go to www.beyondpesticides.org. Keep pests out by installing or fixing door strips on outside doors, sealing baseboards with caulk, plugging holes with caulk or steel wool, caulk cracks around windows and doors.