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How do you use diazinon?

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Diazinon is an insecticide used to control pests and insects on field, fruit, nut and vegetable crops. It was safe for use in the home for household pests; lawn and garden pests; and pet pests until 2004 when it was outlawed, according to the National Pesticide Information Center.

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Diazinon belongs to the group of chemicals called organophosphates. It works by affecting the central nervous system, resulting in a loss of control of the nervous system, which eventually leads to death of the insect, notes the National Pesticide Information Center.

A long-term study of laboratory animals showed diazinon did not cause an increased risk of mammary tumors after high levels of exposure. The Cornell University Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research has studied diazinon as a possible carcinogen for breast cancer but believes evidence proving it as such is weak. Evidence suggests the immune system metabolizes diazinon in the body fairly quickly.

Two studies indicated a higher percentage of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in males following exposure to pesticides including diazinon, explains Cornell University. According to an additional study, families with children diagnosed with brain tumors reported higher usage of pesticides that included diazinon than families with cancer-free children. However, information is inconclusive in those instances, as researchers were forced to rely on the specific memory of pesticide usage by individuals.

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