Because of the high toxicity of conventional pesticides and the high levels of exposure to people and pets that result from their use, it is wise to avoid them whenever possible. Toxic pesticides are found in thousands of products that are used in your home, garden, school, workplace, parks, along rights-of-way and on farms. They can be inhaled, absorbed through your skin, and ingested. Many people assume that, because pesticides use is so common, it must not be harmful; however, EPA registration of a pesticide does not mean that it is safe.
These active ingredients are toxic to human health and the environment and are not recommended for use in most cases. This category contains pesticides that are determined by EPA to be a possible, likely, or known carcinogen, mutagen, teratogen, reproductive toxin, developmental neurotoxin, endocrine disrupter, and/or immune system toxin.