Editor's Spotlight

Evaluating actual risk of indoor pyrethroid application

Pyrethroids are a common pesticide used in both agricultural and indoor applications. Although they have been found more or less safe for mammals in laboratory studies, they can cause adverse responses in more sensitive individuals. A recent study published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry analyzes concentrations and persistence of pyrethroids following indoor application and explores whether laboratory studies are truly representative of what happens in a home. The findings indicate that pyrethroids persist in house settings longer than in laboratory experiments, highlighting the need for further studies to evaluate the actual risks of human exposure to pyrethroids indoors.