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What is a pesticide?
Question Date: 2017-05-10
Answer 1:

A pesticide is anything that kills a species we don’t like or don’t want in a particular place. Usually people mean a bug-killer when they say pesticide.

Anything that kills pests might harm us too. So a lot of people are concerned about which pesticides show up on our food. Some pesticides break down fast. Some really are not that dangerous to people because bug bodies are different from human bodies. Some people try to avoid pesticides by eating organic fruits and vegetables, but these can also have pesticides on them. Washing fruits and vegetables, or peeling them, helps to lower the pesticides on our food.

Sometimes pesticides don’t work the way we want. Say you wanted to kill Bug X because it eats your crops. Bug Y is a predator that kills and eats bug X. You use a pesticide that kills both Bug X and Bug Y. What do you think would happen then? Will bug X come back faster if it has no predators?

Thanks for asking,

Answer 2:

A pesticide is a substance that is aimed to destroy insects or other organisms that are harmful to cultivated plants. Farmers use them to protect their crops. If they didn't put pesticides on their plants, all of them would be eaten by bugs! Pesticides can hurt humans, too, which is why we have to be careful. When you see the label "organic" on your foods, that means that the farmers who grew that food used little or no pesticides to grow it, so it might be safer.

Answer 3:

A pesticide is a substance that kills pest. Pests can be insects, mice, or other animals. It can also be plants like weeds.

There is alot of different kinds of pesticides such as insecticide and herbicides. Insecticide help repels insects and mites. Herbicides kills weeds and unwanted plants. Pesticides come in all different forms such as solid, gas, and liquid.

Though pesticide can help with farming and getting rid of pests around your house, it can be harmful for humans. Therefore, please use pesticides properly and moderately by following the instruction on the labels.

Answer 4:

Pesticides are poisons that are created to kill pests, which are usually insects. Being poisons, they are often dangerous to other animals as well, however, including people.

Answer 5:

Some insects are harmful to the plants that we eat.A pesticide is a liquid that destroys these insects and leads to better survival of the plant.

Answer 6:

A pesticide is a chemical molecule for killing pests, like ants or mosquitoes.

Answer 7:

A pesticide is basically a man-made or natural chemical that kills something that’s going to harm your crop. The pest could be a plant, bug, fungus, or bacterium. If we don’t protect crops in some way, a large amount of the crops will die before we can eat them. We’re competing with a lot of different living things that depend on crops for food. Although, there can be negative effects of pesticides too. Some are harmful to humans, though it’s only a problem for the people spraying the pesticides rather than the people eating the crop. And sometimes pesticides may kill other living things that we don’t want them too.

Answer 8:

We aren’t the only ones that want to eat the crops that we grow. Pesticides are chemicals that we can put on our crops in order to protect them from pests that may try to eat them before we can. They work by either poisoning the thief or making the crops smell unattractive to them. Normally when we think of pests, we imagine insects, but they’re only part of the problem. Herbivores and fungus also try to steal our crops! For that reason pesticides are normally a combination of many different chemicals which all prevent against a specific type of pest. Thank you for your question!

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