Pesticide Names

Pesticide Names
Pesticide Names

Pesticides are named three ways: by active ingredient, by trade name, and by chemical name.
The active ingredient is the chemical that controls the pest. The name of the active ingredient is also known as the common name and is written beside the guarantee on a pesticide label.
The trade name is the brand name that the manufacturer gives to the pesticide. The trade name is the prominent name on the front of a pesticide label. Pesticides with different trade names can contain the same active ingredient, and some pesticides have more than one active ingredient.
The chemical name is the name of the chemical structure of the active ingredient and is used by scientists.

For Example:

Roundup = trade name of a herbicide
N-(phosphonomethyl) glycine = chemical name of the active ingredient in Roundup

The pesticides in the table below include those in the B.C. Crop Production Guides. The list does not include all registered pesticides or U.S. products. The pesticides are listed alphabetically by active ingredient. If you do not know the active ingredient, check the pesticide label beside the guarantee or search the table for the trade name.

The “chemical group column indicates the chemical group or family the active ingredient is in.

The “certification” column indicates whether a farmer needs a pesticide applicator certificate to buy or use the pesticide. “WS” in this column means WorkerSafe BC requires an applicator certificate to use the pesticide. “MoE” in the column means the BC Ministry of Environment requires an applicator certificate to purchase or use the pesticide. “Label” in the column means the label says the pesticide can only be used by a certified applicator.

Disclaimer: Please read the pesticide label prior to use. The information contained at this web site is not a substitute for a pesticide label. Trade names used on this site are for convenience only. No endorsement of products is intended, nor is criticism of unnamed products implied.
Table of active ingredients (current to Dec. 2006)

Note – for an up-to-date list of pesticides registered in Canada, please refer to the Product Information page on the PMRA website. Courtesy British Columbia

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