Methods of pest control

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Different methods of pest control and their environmental issues

Different methods of pest control and their environmental issues

A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest. Pests can be insects, mice and other animals, unwanted plants (weeds), fungi, or microorganisms like bacteria and viruses. Though often misunderstood to refer only to insecticides, the term pesticide also applies to herbicides, fungicides, and various other substances used to control pests. Pesticides may be organic products, such as nicotine, or synthetic chemical products, such as paraquat. Pesticides include:

Weedkillers Also known as herbicides

Fungicides Kill fungi, including mould

Nematocides Kill round, thread or eel worms

Growth regulators Stimulate or retard plant growth

Attractants Attract insects e.g. pheromones (Biochemicals used to disrupt the mating behaviour of insects)

Repellents Repel pests, including insects (such as mosquitoes)

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