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10 Facts About Pesticides You Probably Didn't Know

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Pesticides are classified according to the kind of pests they target, whether insects, rodents or plant diseases. In addition, pesticides are formulated to attack specific physiological (or botanical) processes that kill the organism as rapidly and effectively as possible. Unfortunately, some of these pesticides can also have the same effect on humans and should never be used by people who are not professionally trained in the application of such dangerous pesticides.

They can be a very helpful part of any commercial pest control program. That said, there are a lot of interesting things to learn about pesticides that you may not already know.

Other fascinating facts about pesticides include:

  1. Organophosphate pesticides disrupt nervous system enzymes in insects and humans that causes paralysis and death. In World War II, organophosphate pesticides were used as nerve agents against the Germans, Italians and the Japanese.
  2. Baking soda and canola oil are included in making a biopesticide, a type of pesticide derived from certain plants, animals, minerals or bacteria.
  3. Pesticides intended to kill slugs and snails only are called molluscicides and contain desiccants that extract moisture from the living tissue of water-dependent animals.
  4. Ovicides are unique pesticides that kill the eggs laid by mites and insects.
  5. Insect growth regulators are a type of pesticide that disrupts life stages from pupa to adult so that the insect is unable to mature normally.
  6. Hydramethylnon is an effective, slow-acting pesticide used to inhibit cell metabolism of ants and termites. Using a delayed toxin like hydramethylnon is necessary to control social insects because they will return to the nest eventually and poison other members of the colony.
  7. According to the EPA, there are currently 300 products belonging to seven chemical classes that are registered for use in bed bug control. Pyrethroids and pyrethrins are the most commonly used insecticides for bed bug control and eradication.
  8. All 50 states mandate experience and training requirements before an individual is qualified to apply pesticides. In New York state, certified pest technicians must have at least 40 hours of field experience under the supervision of a qualified pesticide applicator before they can legally use controlled pesticides.
  9. Pesticides used to control mosquito larvae and adult mosquitos are technically called larvicides and adulticides.
  10. The most commonly used insecticide is malathion, an organophosphate pesticide frequently included in state and federal mosquito control programs.

For more information about pesticides, pest infestations or Integrated Pest Management, contact Assured Environments today to speak to one of our professional pest technicians.



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