What are pesticides?

A pesticide is a substance used to kill, repel, or control pests.

There are many different types of pesticides including:

  • Herbicides that control weeds
  • Insecticides that control insects
  • Fungicides that prevent the growth of molds and mildew
  • Disinfectants that prevent the spread of bacteria
  • Rodenticides which are compounds used for controlling mice and rats

In addition to traditional synthetic pesticides, there is a group of approved organic products to manage a wide variety of pests. Where resources allow, the Department of Parks and Recreation will strive to utilize organic products that carry the Organic Materials Review Institute’s “OMRI-Certified” seal.

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1. What are pesticides?
2. What is Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation doing to maintain athletic fields?
3. What are pests and why must they be managed?
4. What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?
5. When and where are pesticides used?
6. Who can I contact for additional information about IPM?