A broad-spectrum pesticide is a powerful pesticide that targets entire groups or species of organisms that are commonly harmful to plants. Another name for a broad-spectrum pesticide is a non-selective pesticide. Broad-spectrum pesticides are used when many different species of organisms are causing harm or when the specific organism causing harm is unknown. In order to kill or manage such a large variety of organisms, most broad-spectrum pesticides are designed to target a system that is common in many organisms, such as the nervous system or muscular system.
Types Of Pesticides:
Broad-Spectrum Pesticides- pesticides that kill a variety of organisms, including some that are beneficial, in addition to the target pest.
Narrow-Spectrum Pesticides-pesticides that only kill the organism for which it was intended to and not any other organisms.
- Narrow-spectrum pesticides are more ideal than broad-spectrum pesticides because non-target species would not be harmed.
- However, most pesticides are broad-spectrum pesticides.
- Oxamyl- a broad-spectrum pesticide used against insects, mites, ticks, and roundworms. It is applied either directly on plants or on the surface of the soil. Oxmyl is used for crops, vegetables, fruits, and ornamental plants.
- Carbaryl- first introduced in 1956, it was the first carbamate to be successful in the insecticide industry. Currently it is the most used pesticide in the world. It is mostly used on the lawn and garden. It is used for fruit, vegetables, cotton, and other crops.
- Terbacil- an herbicide used to control weeds and perennial grasses in sugarcane, apples, alfalfa, peaches, mints, and pecans. It works by interfering with the plants ability to perform photosynthesis. Terbacil is applied to the soil.