Definition of acaricide in English:



  • A substance poisonous to mites or ticks.

    • ‘In case of severe infestation spray any systemic insecticide and acaricide for mites along with neem oil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The major categories of pesticides classified by target are fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, acaricides, molluscicides, nematicides, rodenticides, avicides, and antibiotics.’
    • ‘The acaricide rubs off and kills ticks on the animal's head and neck, where 90 percent of adult ticks are found.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Allergen avoidance measures included breast feeding with mothers on a low allergen diet, use of acaricides, and mattress covers.’


Late 19th century: from Greek akari ‘mite, tick’ + -cide.