Home & Garden Pesticide Buying Guide
Protect your home, garden and lawn with herbicides and other pesticides. This guide will help you combat pests like carpenter ants and plant eating slugs. We’ll help you buy the right pesticide and deal with your specific problem safely and effectively.
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What Is a Pesticide?
A common misconception about pesticides is that they're bug killers. While partly true, insect control is only one use for pesticides. Here's the definition of a pesticide from the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA):
"A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest."
All pesticides must be tested, registered and carry a label approved by the CEPA. Despite the agricultural community's regular use of pesticides, homeowners are the number one users.
Pests take many forms besides insects. The family of pesticides includes:
- Insecticides: Insect attractants and repellents, as well as flea collars for pets.
- Herbicides: Plant defoliants and desiccants.
- Rodenticides: Rat and mouse killers.
- Germicide: Bathroom disinfectants.
- Algicides: Including some pool chemicals.
- Mildewcides: Contained in some cleaning products.
- Fungicides, miticides, larvicides, ovicides, and more.
There are others that are not common to everyday consumers such as commercial chemicals that sterilize and regulate plant or animal growth.
All pesticides are dangerous if not used properly. Read the label carefully before purchasing and before using. Follow all manufacturer's instructions.
Types of Pesticides
Selective or Non-Selective
- Selective pesticides are formulated to deal with a specific problem.
- Non-selective pesticides indiscriminately kill anything that they contact.
Systemic or Topical
- Systemic pesticides are meant to be ingested by the target pest, working from the inside out.
- Topical or contact pesticides are applied to the outer surface of the pest, working from the outside in.
Pre-Emergent or Post-Emergent (Pertaining to Herbicides)
- Pre-emergents deal with weeds in the dormant or seed stage before germination.
- Post-emergents kill weeds after they've sprouted and are actively growing. Contact herbicides are post-emergents.
Liquid, Powder or Granules
- Liquids are easy to apply and stick to the surface when dry.
- Powders or dusts are applied in their dry state. Wettable powders are mixed with water before application.
- Granules are applied like powders, usually to the soil, but cause less dust.
Concentrates or Premixed
- Concentrates are mixed with a delivery medium (usually water) and sprayed.
- Pre-mixed pesticides, usually in squirt bottles or aerosol cans, are ready-to-use.
Synthetic or Organic
- Synthetic pesticides are chemical compounds formulated to attack certain pests.
- Organic pesticides serve the same purpose as synthetics, but are formulated from organic or other natural sources.
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