Insecticides are valuable tools used by farmers that can contribute to efficient food production because they control insects and arthropods that reduce a crop’s yield and quality.
While insecticides are among the most efficient tools for controlling pest populations, all farmers are challenged by the fact that every insect control method has a limited life span because pests naturally evolve and become resistant.
The more frequently farmers use a certain type of insecticide, the more likely resistance will occur. Certain factors, such as using the insecticide in an enclosed area (e.g. greenhouse), can also increase the risk of resistance.