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Definition: Insecticides


Insecticides, the classical "pesticides", are applied only when the pest incidence is manifest. They are only applied as protective measure against attack from soil insects when incorporated into a seed dressing. Insecticides can act via contact, inhalation or ingestion by the target pest. Monitoring environmental conditions for pest incidence is indispensable in integrated cropping systems.
Eurostat, "Pflanzenschutz in der EU - Einsatz von Pflanzenschutzmitteln in der Europäischen Union, Daten 1992-1996. Plant Protection in the EU - Consumption of plant protection products in the European Union, Data 1992-1996. Protection des cultures dans l'UE - Consommation de produits phytosanitaires dans l'Union européenne, Données 1992-1996