There are five ways insecticides affect insects. This category is one of the five.

It’s always interesting to look at the unknowns and how they’re used. In contravention of the precautionary principle using a chemical with an unknown action is reckless.

If a chemical has unknown effects, shouldn’t we not use that chemical?

Where a chemical’s impact is unknown, shouldn’t we divert resources to find out what it actually does?

This category is also joined by other chemicals that have a multi-site effect. So if a chemical acts on the midgut and the neural pathways, then its classed in this category.

I would have thought that there’s a big difference between an insecticide with an effect on multiple parts of the body to an insecticide whose effect is unknown. A multi-site toxin is very different from a toxin with an unknown effect.

Fluorides are in this category. But are they multi-site chemicals or is their effect unknown?

Likewise, common chemicals like Borax and Boric acid are in this unknown/multi-site category. Lime, sulphur and a bunch of others dance here.

The effect of insecticides are much more complex and diverse. This is particularly the case with synthetic insecticides. When we use insecticides, we think we are affecting just the insects we’re targeting. However, after reading my blog on the Effect of Insecticides, we may think differently.

 

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