Pesticides are used to kill or prevent pests, such as insects, rodents, weeds, and fungi. Many pesticides can also pose risks to people; however, in many cases the amount of pesticide people are likely to be exposed to is too small to pose a risk. The health effects of pesticides depend on the type of pesticide. Some may affect the nervous system. Others may irritate the skin or eyes. Some pesticides may cause cancer.
Call the Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222 for help.