Pesticides and Personal Safety

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Pests include plants and animals that vector disease, interfere with the production of food and fiber crops, or otherwise detract from our quality of life. Pesticides are natural or synthetic substances used by man to control pest organisms by disrupting some part of their life processes. Literally, the term pesticide means to “kill pests.” Pesticides also include substances such as attractants, repellents, and growth regulators which may not kill the target pest(s). Thus, all compounds used to control and manage pests are classified as pesticides.

Authors: 
Fred Whitford
Authors: 
C. Richard Edwards
Authors: 
Jonathan J. Neal
Authors: 
Andrew G. Martin
Authors: 
John Osmun
Authors: 
Robert M. Hollingworth
Publisher: 
Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service
Year: 
2001