A recent report of the World Health Organization estimated that there are one million pesticide poisonings, resulting in 20,000 deaths each year. Estimates are that nearly one-half of the ground and well water in the United States is, or is in danger of being, seriously contaminated with pesticides.
WHAT ARE PESTICIDES?
Pesticides are toxic chemicals that are widely used to control weeds, insects, and other unwanted plants or animals in agriculture, industry, and residential settings. Their effectiveness, however, has caused considerable pollution. Atrazine and simazine are two of the most commonly used pesticides in the United States and both have been found in surface and ground water at toxic levels.
HOW DO YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH PESTICIDES?
Pesticide contamination of drinking water is suspected to be widespread throughout the United States.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you may ingest, inhale, or absorb potentially harmful chemicals from drinking pesticide contaminated water, eating foods prepared with contaminated water or breathing in fumes while showering, cooking or washing.
WHAT CAN PESTICIDES DO TO YOU?
While pesticides have different affects on various people, even low level exposure can cause serious health problems. Some people suffer a variety of effects which may include headaches and skin rashes. Long-term exposure from inhalation, ingestion and/or skin absorption can damage internal organs, cause chromosome damage, cancer and death. Fetuses, babies and children are suspected to be more vulnerable than adults.
HOW DO YOU FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE A PESTICIDE PROBLEM?
To find out if pesticides are a problem in your home or office, you must test. The PRO-LAB® Professional Pesticides in Water Test Kit is the most accurate instant pesticides test available to the consumer.
The NON-TOXIC laboratory grade test strip, when moistened with water, provides an effective and reliable test method.
PRO-LAB® Test Kits are available to the general public at over 40,000 leading home centers, hardware stores, pharmacy chains, supermarkets, and a wide category of specialty outlets. Stores include The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards, Ace Hardware, True Value, Do It Best, Kroger, Fred Meyer, Giant Eagle, and CVS.
If you cannot find the PRO-LAB® Pesticides In Water Test Kit in any of the stores above, please call 954-384-4446 to purchase.