Some science behind the scenes


Acaricides are pesticides that kill members of the arachnid subclass Acari, which includes ticks and mites. Acaricides are used both in medicine and agriculture, although the desired selective toxicity differs between the two fields.

The term "arachnicide" is also occasionally used to refer to agents that target arachnids.

More specific words are sometimes used, depending upon the targeted group:

  • "Ixodicides" are substances that kill ticks
  • "Miticides" are substances that kill mites.
  • The term “scabicide”  refers to agents specifically targeting Sarcoptes.  Scabies  is a contagious skin infestation by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. The most common symptoms of which are severe itchiness and a pimple-like rash.

For a list of examples, see Alan Wood's compendium of common names 


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