Household Insecticides Linked to Lupus and Arthritis

New research out of Philadelphia suggests a link between women’s exposure to household insecticides (including roach and mosquito killers) and the autoimmune disorders rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Previous research has shown a link of agricultural pesticides to higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Autoimmune diseases are diseases where the immune system goes haywire and begins to attack the body. Farmers were shown to be a high risk group for this reason.

Women who reported applying insecticides had a higher risk of developing the two autoimmune disorders than women who reported no insecticide use, whether or not they had lived on a farm. Those who used the insecticide the most often and most frequently had double the risk.

“I would recommend that people read the labels and take precautions to minimize their personal exposure. This is the case regardless of whether these results are implicating a chemical that’s on the market now or was before,” said Christine Parks, epidemiologist with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, to USA today reporter.

More research will be needed to nail down the direct link between insecticides and autoimmune disease. The researchers examined data from a previous study of almost 77,000 postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79. Their findings were to be released Monday at the American College of Rheumatology’s annual scientific meeting in Philadelphia.

The insecticides implicated in the study include insect killers, such as those designed to eradicate ants, wasps, termites, mosquitoes and roaches. They didn’t include insect repellents.

By Daniel Hohler, Green Options


Sue H.
Sue H3 years ago

Best to look for non toxic alternatives.

Michael H.
Mike H4 years ago


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Kenneth D.
Kenneth Davies5 years ago


Djuana N.
Djuana N5 years ago

This article should be posted to everyone you know has a pest problem. Children and elderly get the worst end of it.

Kamryn M.
Kay M5 years ago


KS Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Great article. Thanks.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers6 years ago

Thanks for the information. It would be useful to know what chemicals are involved!

Patricia B.
Patricia Bucio7 years ago

Buen artículo.