Pest control products, or pesticides, are used to prevent damage and detriment to human health or property by animals, plants or microorganisms, such as fungi.
Pest control products can be divided into two categories: biocides and plant protection products. Examples of biocides are disinfectants, preservatives, timber protection products, vermin poison and boat antifouling paints. Plant protection products are used in agriculture, forestry and horticulture.
Some pest control products that have long been banned are still present in the environment. Though no longer used in most parts of the world, they are still found in living organisms. DDT, banned in Sweden in the 1970s, is an example.
Read more about individual pest control products.