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An insecticide is used to kill insects There are many kinds of insecticides but organic insecticides are the most commonly used World Book 1999 Organic insecticides are split into three different categories Chlorinated hydrocarbon insecticides organophosphate insecticides and carbamate insecticides World Book 1999 In this paper Ill explore how toxic each of these insecticides are how they affect wildlife humans and the environment and what we can do to help WHY USE INSECTICIDES Some insects like white flies and mosquitoes can carry deadly diseases that affect crops animals and humans Insects can cause about 55 billion dollars in crop and live stock losses every year Some of the diseases they cause are Cattle Fever and Sheep Scab The insecticides are used to kill insects and protect livestock World Book 1999 Insecticides can also be used on flea treatments for cats dogs and other animals Ackerman 1996 WHAT ARE ORGANIC INSECTICIDES Organic Insecticides are the most commonly and widely used insecticides They are synthetic substances made from carbon hydrocarbon insecticies organophosphate insecticides World Book 1999 Chlorinated hydrocarbon insecticides also know as organic chlorines contain chlorine atoms World Book 1999 Common members of this group are Acaralate Acarol Aldrin BHC Chlordance Chlorobenzilate DDT dicofol dieldrin endosulfan endrin heptachlor kepone lindane methoxychlor mirex perthen TDE and toxaphene Hamm 1982 Theyre persistant because after being used once they can still affect living things for several years This is because they dont break down chemically so theyre found in soil animal and fish tissue plants and water Hamm 1982 These and all persistant insecticides are trying to be replaced and restricted because they kill bird fish and other animals World Book 1999 Organophospahte Insecticides contain phosphorus atom World Book 1999 Common members of this group are Abate azinphosethyl azinphosmethyl Bidrin bromophos bromophosethyl carbophenothion and chlorfenvinphos Hamm 1982 They are used on food because they dont leave harmful deposits behind World
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