What are Pesticides?
Plants, insects, bacteria, fungi and other organisms are a natural part of the environment.
Some can benefit people, while others can be pests that you may need or want to control. You can choose from many different methods to control a pest. One method is to use a pesticide.
- What are some of the different types of pesticides?
- ‘Natural’ pesticides
- Common misconceptions
- Definition (legal)
- Using pesticides
- How pesticides reach the target pests
- Pesticide persistence
- Pesticide labels: information about the pesticide and its use
A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances used to destroy, suppress or alter the life cycle of any pest. A pesticide can be a naturally derived or synthetically produced substance. A pesticide can also be an organism, for example, the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis which is used to control a number of insect pests, or even a genetically modified crop. The legal definition of a pesticide in NSW covers a wide range of substances.
Pesticides include bactericides, baits, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, lures, rodenticides and repellents. They are used in commercial, domestic, urban and rural environments.
There are currently thousands of pesticide products registered for use in NSW by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)
Published 2017 June 02 read more: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/pesticides/pestwhatrhow.htm