From the Washington Poison Center
Washington Poison Center wants to remind you that many of your lawn and gardening aids contain potentially toxic chemicals, including:
Insect killer: organic phosphorus compounds (malathion)
Some insect killers contain organic phosphorus compounds. If accidentally ingested or absorbed through the skin, these can cause vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, muscle weakness, and can slow the heart rate.
Insect killer: carbamates (carbaryl, aldicarb)
The carbamates are also found in some insecticides (e.g. Sevin). These can potentially cause toxicity similar to the organic phosphorus compounds described above.
Weed killer: diquat
Diquat is a bipyridyl contact weed killer. If accidentally ingested, this compound can cause seizures and kidney damage.
Weed killer: glyphosate
Glyphosate is the weed-killing chemical found in some commonly used herbicides (e.g. Roundup). Large ingestions of glyphosate have been associated with cardiac arrhythmias and damage to multiple organs. Continue reading