Introduction to Pesticides


A bactericide or bacteriocide is a substance that kills bacteria and, preferably, nothing else. Bactericides are either disinfectants, antiseptics or antibiotics.


Fungicides are chemical compounds used to prevent the spread of fungi in gardens and crops, which can cause serious damage resulting in loss of yield and thus profit.


A herbicide is used to kill unwanted plants. Selective herbicides kill specific targets while leaving the desired crop relatively unharmed. Herbicides


An insecticide is a pesticide used against insects in all developmental forms. They include ovicides and larvicides used against the eggs and larvae of insects. Insecticides are used in agriculture, medicine, industry.


Miticides or acaricides are pesticides that kill mites. Antibiotic miticides, carbamate miticides, formamidine miticides, mite growth regulators, organochlorine, permethrin and organophosphate miticide.


Molluscicides are pesticides used to control molluscs, such as motts, slugs and snails. These substances include metaldehyde, methiocarb and aluminium sulfate. They should be used with caution