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Characteristics of Pesticides

Some of the characteristics of pesticides are as follows. Also check out some information on advantages and disadvantages to know more about pesticides. 

Some characteristics of an ideal pesticides are :

  • Pesticides affects only target pests
  • They should not harm other species
  • They should break down quickly in the environment
  • Pesticies should be cost effective
  • Easy to handle and apply
  • They should not be toxic to warm blodded animals
  • Pesticides should not be inflammable or explosive
  • They should be able to remain present and active for a long period
  • They should provide long term pest control

What are the advantages of pesticides?

  • Pesticides are cost effective, they are inexpensive to buy and produce good results whithour costing lots of money.
  • Pesticides protects standing crops from pests and other harmful insects. 
  • It helps to increase the yield and productivity of crops. 
  • It works better and faster than other alternatives to protect crops. 

What are the disadvantages of pesticides?

  • Sometimes pesticides may also kill natural enemies of pests such as predators and parasites.
  • Pesticides promotes genetic resistance
  • Pesticides can harm wildlife and people
  • Pesticides can contaminates ground water

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