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Thursday's Ask the Experts: Pesticide vs. disinfectant

April 02, 2009
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Thursday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: According to the EPA, what is the difference between a pesticide and a disinfectant?
The answer:
The EPA defines disinfectants as anti-microbial pesticides, whereas a common pesticide is used to control insects and rodents without regard for bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms.
The official definitions are:
disinfectant - A chemical that destroys vegetative forms of harmful microorganisms, but does not ordinarily kill bacterial spores.
pesticide - Substances intended to repel, kill or control any species designated a "pest" including weeds, insects
... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor
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