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Diazinon pesticides

Diazinon is a lethal way to take out cockroaches, ants, and fleas; it inhibits the enzymes necessary for proper functioning of the nervous system—and it works the same way on humans. Weakness, headaches, tightness in the chest, sweating, nausea, vomiting, and slurred speech are only a few of the symptoms of diazinon exposure. The pesticide was most popular in the 1970s and 1980s for use in home gardens but was outlawed in 2004 for residential use—though it's still legal to use products containing diazinon bought before the 2004 ban.
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