Safe Agricultural Pesticides By: Mia Ortega And Erica Winfield Outline What are Pesticides? • • • • • The EPA defines pesticides as “any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest.” A pesticide may be a chemical substance or biological agent. A biological agent is like a virus or bacteria. It is used against pests including insects, plant pathogens, weeds,birds, mammals, fish, and nematodes(roundworms). Pesticides are usually poisonous to humans. Quic kTime™ and a TIFF ( Unc ompres s ed) dec ompr es sor are needed to s ee this pic tur e. What is Environmentally Safe? • Environmentally safe means using the right pest control products. • There are thousands of safe pests control products in the world, but sometimes they are advertised or do not work. • The majority of these products are not safe. • Some safe pest control are organic, humane trapping, all natural and glue traps. • Pest control is sometimes used in aerosol cans, which is harmful to the environment.