Pesticide Treadmill

Published: | Updated: August 12, 2018

Definition - What does Pesticide Treadmill mean?

The term pesticide treadmill describes the phenomenon whereby pesticide use prevents any natural form of control from taking place, thereby resulting in the need for repeated, routine applications of pesticide. The pesticide treadmill is said to escalate when the control of one pest provides a window of opportunity for other pests and the need for further chemicals.

Safeopedia explains Pesticide Treadmill

The pesticide treadmill phenomenon is most clearly seen in agricultural operations where farmers become unable to grow their crops without implementing seasonal pest-control programs. An additional complication occurs when similar pesticides are frequently applied: the population of treated pests gradually becomes resistant to the pesticide. New strategies have to be found constantly to control these so-called super pests, and these, in turn, become obsolete with the passage of time.

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