Insects like caterpillars and aphids can significantly reduce crop yields and quality. Insecticides help minimize this damage by controlling insect pests. The largest insecticide markets are in fruit and vegetables, cotton, rice and corn.
In addition to their use in agriculture, insecticides play an important role in public health programs to control diseases such as malaria and chagas. It also helps to protect children and families from insects and pests such as cockroaches, fire ants, wasps, mosquitoes, rats and mice.