Chemical Pest Control

Chemical Pest Control

Chemical pesticides are classified into two groups according to their potency. The broad spectrum pesticides have the capability to eliminate or incapacitate a wide array of species. The narrow spectrum ones destroy only a small group of species.

However, the strengths of these pesticides are, unfortunately and ironically, their biggest weaknesses too. These poisons act uniformly, with destructive results, on harmful and friendly animals alike. They have even caused the extinction of many bees, butterflies and other insects from the plant.

However, chemical pesticide manufacturers now advise the user about the amount of poisons to be applied, how and when they have to be used, and how they should be handled. Researches are also underway to make them environment friendly. Given all the drawbacks, the role these pesticides played in ensuring food security cannot be undermined, till a viable or equally potent substitute comes up.

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