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There are many different types of insectides and pesticides Aldrin is a aninsecticide which is one of several isomers compounds that have the samemake-up but different structure of hexachlorohexahydrodimethanonaprthalene Aldrins were first prepared in the late 40s it comes as a light tan or brownsolid or as a powder Aldrins are the result of the reaction ofhexachlorocyclopentadiene with bicycloheptadiene which both come fromhydrocarbons obtained from petroleum Aldrins are very similar to anotherpesticide dieldrin because aldrin is can easily convert to dieldrin The twopesticides toxicities do not differ that much Aldrins were used mainly in the 1950s and the early 1970s Aldrins wereused as a soil insecticide to control root worms beetles and termites In1974 the use of aldrins were banned by the EPA and production of it stoppedin America since then there has been a decrease in the amount of aldrin in Aldrin can enter the body numerous ways You can eat food from soiltreated with the pesticide you can eat animal meat that had been exposed tothe aldrin or drink water or milk containing the compound It is also possibleto inhale air that has been treated with the pesticide If you are exposed to high levels of aldrin in a short period of time themain effects are headaches dizziness irritability loss of appetite nauseamuscle twitching convulsions and loss of consciousness Death may be aresult from high exposures or doses Long term exposure at random doses ofaldrin and dialdrin have not been documented Studies have been done onrats showing liver damage and the bodies immune system to protect againstinfections can be suppressed Test were aldrin is admitted orally show thatmice have come up with liver cancer but not rats Although there is littleevidence to assume that aldrin is carcinogenic the EPA considers it probable It has not be determined if the compounds are as dangerous to humans as toanimals but scientists believe if animals react badly to
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