Authored by: Doug Walsh

Managing Global Resources and Universal Processes

Print publication date:  July  2020
Online publication date:  July  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138342637
eBook ISBN: 9780429346132
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Acaricides are pesticides applied to suppress populations of pest mites and ticks in the order Acari. Acaricide use has increased substantially in production agriculture, honeybee colonies, poultry, livestock, and domestic animals since the mid-20th century. Advances in production agriculture and consolidation of livestock and poultry operations and direct and indirect transport and introduction of exotic species have intensified agricultural crop and ornamental plant damage and honeybee colonies from mite infestation and propensity for mite and tick infestation to occur in poultry and livestock. The overwhelming majority of mites and ticks are economically benign. Unfortunately, some species of mites and ticks directly affect humans as parasites, vectors of disease, and producers of allergens. Mites and ticks are responsible for millions of dollars worth of economic losses each year worldwide. Acaricides come in many forms and can be applied as dusts, gases, or liquids. Some are insoluble while others are locally systemic or completely systemic in plants or animals. Some acaricides could be considered relatively harmless while others can be extremely toxic and long lasting. This entry details most of the major classes of acaricides used in plant agriculture, commercial bee keeping, and animal agriculture.

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