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What Is A Pesticide?

A pesticide is a substance, mixture or organism made or used for destroying any pest.

As well as insects, a pesticide may be used for eliminating weeds or moulds, preserving woods and regulating plant growth.

A pesticide is designed to destroy organisms that you don't, and avoid harming those that you do want. So a weedkiller will selectively kill unwanted plants whilst leaving the crop unharmed.

Pesticides become an issue when they affect food, wildlife, the environment and the safety of people who come into contact with them. What makes their use acceptable is when they only harm unwanted pests, weeds and diseases, are used in low doses and increase crop yields.

These are some common types of pesticides, and their purposes:


Control/kills algae


Attractants are traps containing a pesticide and food to lure insects or rodents inside. However, food is not a pesticide even though it certainly attracts pests...

Disinfectants and sanitizers

Kills disease-producing microorganisms


Kill fungi (including blights, mildews, molds, and rusts).


Kill weeds.


Kill insects and other arthropods.


Kill mites that feed on plants and animals.

Microbial pesticides

Microorganisms that kill or inhibit pests, including insects or other microorganisms. Sometimes microorganisms get rid of pests simply by growing larger in numbers, using up the pests' food supply, and invading the pests' environment.


Kill snails and slugs.


Kill nematodes (microscopic, worm-like organisms that feed on plant roots).


Biochemicals used to disrupt the mating behavior of insects.


Repel pests, including insects (such as mosquitoes) and birds.


Control mice and other rodents.

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