A pesticide is a single or multiple mixture of substances used to prevent, eliminate or repel living organisms that threaten to injure, or cause damage to people, plants, animals or structures in both commercial and residential settings.
There are many types of pesticides available on the market today with herbicides and insecticides as the most common choices to manage unwanted plants, insects and wildlife.
are applied to remove underwater organisms that attach to the bottom surface of boats, docks and other external surfaces that are frequently or continuously submerged underwater.
comprise of a wide range of chemicals used to kill and control insects, spiders, and other bugs.
kill mites that pose a health threat to plants and animals.
eliminate kill snails and slugs.
are used to kill nematodes that feed on plants and disrupt agriculture.
are applied to kill the eggs of insects and mites.
are used for mice, rats and rodent removal.
Each year a range of pests destroy nearly 37% of all crops in the United States resulting in a monetary loss of approximately 122 billion dollars. (Source: Study.com / Use of Pesticides)
Despite existing challenges, the widespread use of pesticides has provided significant benefits which include:
- Improved food production
- Increased profits for farmers
- Disease control and prevention
- Significant decrease in mortality rate
- Reduced percentage of crops consumed by pests
- Decrease in threats to livestock