What is Insecticide?

The term insecticide is often times confused with the term pesticide. The main difference is the the insecticide simply refers to just insects, whereas pesticide refers to any sort of pest which can cause harm. Today we have many associations with the term “insecticide.” Some are negative because the term conjures images of Silent Spring and others are positive because it can be used to prevent massive crop blights, therefore preventing starvation.

Yet, Insecticide (along with other forms of pest control) has carved out a place in American Culture. So much so that other countries have associated Americans with insecticide. The clip below is an example of this, as it is from a British advice site called eHow. Not only that, but the clip also provides an interesting perspective on how different forms of insecticide can be used.


This site will explore the development of Insecticide in America by focusing on agricultural practices in the late 17th/early 18th centuries and comparing it to the explosion of insecticide products in the 1940’s and 1950’s.

I hereby declare upon my word of honor that I have neither given nor received unauthorized help on this work. ~Jenn Arndt

  1. expertvillage, “Types of Pesticides: Using Insecticides,” April 11, 2008, Flash Video File, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH2rIIBxSNY (Accessed March 21, 2011).

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