Today, the insecticide popularly known as sniper is getting more known by people because of the belief of its effectiveness in combating unwanted insects in homes. But beyond its good qualities, it has been bringing sorrow and pains to many homes because of the very poisonous substance getting to the younger ones in many homes.
The story of death caused by sniper is getting on the rise that some people are now leading the campaign that it should be banned from homes.
Sniper contains dangerous substances like DDVP, 2,2-Dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate compound which is marketed in Nigeria by Swiss-Nigerian Chemical Company, as a synthetic
organophosphorus. But many Nigerians have converted to an indoor insecticide, depite the enormous health risk attached to its use. The inhalation,and absorption via the skin, ingestion, and eye contact may cause from mild to intense ailments like irritation of eyes, skin; miosis, ache eyes; rhinorrhea (discharge of thin nasal mucus); headache; chest tightness, wheezing, laryngeal spasm, salivation; cyanosis; anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; sweating; muscle fasciculation, paralysis, dizziness, ataxia; convulsions; low blood pressure, cardiac irregularity.