Dangerous dogs

Dogs can track pesticides into the home

source: Kurt Kleiner
New Scientist February 10 2001 p16

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has carried out initial research on whether dogs can track pesticides into the home from lawns recently treated with organophosphates. Researcher, Marsha Morgan, studied one family with a dog, who had used the insecticide diazinon to treat their garden. Samples were taken both from the dog, and from the carpet and air within the home. Pesticide levels in the home sometimes rose to 50 times background levels, and were even higher on the dog, from 55 to 250 times greater than background levels. The research was reported in 'Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology', vol 66.