One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A substance poisonous to mites or ticks.
- ‘The major categories of pesticides classified by target are fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, acaricides, molluscicides, nematicides, rodenticides, avicides, and antibiotics.’
- ‘On fall and spring days, and on winter days when the temperature stays above 45 [degrees], the researchers spend their time stocking the feeders with corn and applying acaricide to the rollers.’
- ‘However, acaricides do not penetrate far enough to kill mites deep inside the mattress and so are not as effective as when used on carpeting.’
- ‘The acaricide rubs off and kills ticks on the animal's head and neck, where 90 percent of adult ticks are found.’
- ‘Extensive studies have shown that treatment with acaricides (chemical agents that kill dust mites) or tannic acid to denature dust mite allergens are only minimally effective and must be repeated frequently.’
- ‘Standard therapy consists of application of topical acaricides (lindane, permethrin, benzyl benzoate, etc.) that must remain on the affected areas for a certain time and then be washed off.’
- ‘Carbosulfan belongs to the benzofuranyl methylcarbamate group of insecticides / acaricides.’
- ‘On the four corners of the bin are paint rollers, which hold ‘one of the safest acaricides we could find for our experimental trials,’ according to one of its inventors.’
- ‘Allergen avoidance measures included breast feeding with mothers on a low allergen diet, use of acaricides, and mattress covers.’
- ‘In case of severe infestation spray any systemic insecticide and acaricide for mites along with neem oil.’
Late 19th century: from Greek akari ‘mite, tick’ + -cide.
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