Evaluation of methods for monitoring the potential exposure of small children to pesticides in the residential environment

Arch Environ Contam Toxicol. 1994 Jan;26(1):37-46. doi: 10.1007/BF00212792.


A nine-home pilot study was conducted to evaluate monitoring methods in the field that may be used to assess the potential exposures of children aged 6 months to 5 years to pesticides found in the home environment. Several methods, some of which were newly developed in this study, were tested for measuring pesticide residues in indoor air, carpet dust, outdoor soil, and on the children's hands. Information was also collected on household characteristics, pesticides used and stored at the residence, and children's activities. Pesticides were detected at all nine study homes. With the exception of one home, at least one pesticide was detected in all matrices sampled at each house. Of the 30 target pesticides, 23 were detected during the study. The most frequently detected pesticides were chlordane, chlorpyrifos, dieldrin, hepatachlor, and pentachlorophenol. The greatest number of pesticides and highest concentrations were found in carpet dust. The results of these investigations will be discussed in terms of performance of the methods and the distribution of pesticides across the various media sampled.

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Environmental Monitoring / methods*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Pesticides / analysis*
  • Pilot Projects


  • Pesticides