Why do we use pesticides?

Pesticides (the generic term for insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides) control weeds, insect pests, and fungal and other diseases. The benefit of pesticides lies in their ability to manage a pest (weed, insect or disease) problem that potentially could become out of control and could endanger your health or the health of your family, pets, and plants, or threaten the quality of your home, lawn, school or business.