Pesticide applicators do not usually blame the mix for a pest control failure. Rather, the applicator will check if the correct pesticide was chosen for the job, if the pest was misidentified, if application equipment was properly calibrated, or if there was pesticide resistance. However, pesticide applicators should be aware that water quality can play a role in the efficacy of a pesticide treatment. Some pesticides lose their effectiveness when mixed with water that contains suspended or dissolved solids. This publication discusses how water quality affects pesticide mixes. This 2-page fact sheet was written by F. M. Fishel, and published by the UF Department of Agronomy, April 2013.
Pesticides provide benefits in many facets of daily life, including protecting food production and health, enhancing our recreational areas, maintaining our rights-of-way, and protecting wildlife, aquatic sites, and natural areas. However, misuse does occur and those who are negligent must take responsibility for their actions. This 3-page fact sheet was written by F. M. Fishel, and published by the UF Department of Agronomy, October 2012.
Generally, it is best to avoid pesticide application when rainfall is likely; however, weather can be unpredictable, so it is best to choose a product with good rainfast characteristics. Learn more in this 3-page fact sheet written by Bonnie Wells and F.M. Fishel, and published by the UF Department of Agronomy, August 2011.
Pesticides are an integral part of agriculture as Florida's climate fosters an environment conducive to major pest outbreaks throughout the entire year. Our environment also is favorable for the development and presence of beneficial organisms that positively affect our agricultural production and enhance our wildlife and plant communities. This revised 7-page guide addresses the effects of various types of pesticides on nontarget organisms, including natural enemies and beneficial organisms, such as honeybees, wildlife, fish, and nontarget plants. Written by Frederick M. Fishel, and published by the UF Department of Agronomy, April 2011.
PI231, a 14-page illustrated fact sheet by Frederick M. Fishel, provides a basic understanding of formulation types and factors a user should consider when selecting a pesticide formulation. Includes a glossary and references. Published by the UF Department of Agronomy, June 2010.
PI224, a 9-page fact sheet by F.M. Fishel, describes this program initiated by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 — advantages, criteria for consideration, carbamate and organophosphate pesticides and current use trends. Includes references and tables listing reduced risk and organophosphate alternative pesticides registered in the U.S. Published by the UF Department of Agronomy, January 2010.
PI219, a 6-page illustrated fact sheet by Frederick M. Fishel, provides a historical perspective on the impact of pests and pesticides on human society, including a chronological list of significant events involving pesticides. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Agronomy, December 2009.
PI222, a 6-page illustrated fact sheet by Frederick M. Fishel, describes this international information exchange sponsored by the United Nations to assist countries throughout the world in decisions on whether to allow import of chemicals of concern, such as pesticides. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Agronomy, November 2009.
Revised! PI-101, a 2-page fact sheet by Frederick M. Fishel, discusses the meaning of the terms “defoliant and desiccant,” describes uses of defoliants and desiccants, and provides a listing of these products registered for use in Florida. Published by the UF Department of Agronomy, February 2009.
PI-166, a 3-page illustrated fact sheet by Frederick Fishel, provides a description of the following pesticide characteristics: solubility, adsorption, persistence, and volatility. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Agronomy, July 2008.
PI-163, a 4-page illustrated fact sheet by Frederick M. Fishel, describes several factors contributing to pesticide failure. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Agronomy, June 2008.