Insecticide - an overview | ScienceDirect Topics
C.K. Winter, in Encyclopedia of Food Sciences and Nutrition (Second Edition), 2003 Insecticides. Insecticides are represented by a variety of different chemical classes involving a variety of mechanisms of toxic action on insects as well as mammals such as humans. Examples of mechanisms of action include metabolic interference of the nervous or muscle systems, desiccation, and sterilization.