By Barry Tickes, UA Area Agriculture Agent

Pesticides are commonly classified as insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and others which include rodenticides, nematicides, fumigants, and products used to control birds, fish, and other aquatic pests.

The relative amount used of each of these categories of pesticides is significantly different in Arizona compared to the rest of the U.S. and worldwide.

According to USDA statistics, on a worldwide scale, herbicides account for 36 percent of the total pesticide use while insecticides account for 25 percent, fungicides at 10 percent, and others at 29 percent.

Figures for the U.S. are similar with herbicides at 44 percent, insecticides at 10 percent, fungicides at 6 percent, and others at 40 percent.

Pesticide use in Arizona is significantly different from the U.S. worldwide. In Arizona, insecticides account for 58 percent, herbicides 17 percent, fungicides 12 percent, and others at 13 percent.

Contact Tickes: (928) 580-9902 or btickes@ag.arizona.edu.