lar·​vi·​cide | \ ˈlär-və-ˌsīd How to pronounce larvicide (audio) \

Definition of larvicide

: an agent for killing larval pests

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Other Words from larvicide

larvicidal \ ˌlär-​və-​ˈsī-​dᵊl How to pronounce larvicidal (audio) \ adjective

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Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control has purchased two Buffalo Turbine mosquito sprayers capable of shooting larvicide nearly 100 feet in the higher and misting large areas. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Miami-Dade on alert for disease-spreading mosquitoes as rainy season kicks into gear | Miami Herald," 23 May 2018 In 2016, Aedes aegypti mosquites began spreading the Zika virus in Wynwood and Miami Beach, catching the county off-guard and prompting intense spraying efforts that included spraying organic larvicide, pictured here, and aerial spraying with naled. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Miami-Dade just released a bunch of mosquitoes. And that’s a good thing," 8 Feb. 2018 Many growers target the egg hatch to apply ovicide/larvicides for long-lasting effect., "To top or not to top a tree and how to fight stink bugs: Ask an expert," 4 Nov. 2017 County workers have started applying a larvicide in the form of granules — similar in appearance to Grape Nuts cereal — in areas with standing water, such as swamps, ditches and ponds. Martin E. Comas,, "Hurricane Irma's rains will mean more mosquitoes," 14 Sep. 2017 According to Wednesday's statement, on Aug. 15, the health department conducted an emergency aerial larvicide treatment to areas along the Des Plaines River impacted by flooding, targeting 130 acres where Culex mosquitoes were breeding. Chicago Tribune,, "West Nile virus confirmed by health department in Grayslake woman," 30 Aug. 2017 Local officials could add larvicide to the water, to kill any mosquito eggs. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Crete man is state's first West Nile victim," 21 July 2017 Lake County officials are also deploying larvicides and sprays, as well as gambusia minnows, which eat mosquito larvae, Scott said. Amelia Cheatham,, "Summer showers bring surge in mosquitoes," 12 July 2017 The other drawback is the larvicide only affects larvae, or the eggs of mosquitoes. Caitlin Randle,, "Zika concerns arise after heavy rainstorms," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of larvicide

circa 1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of larvicide was circa 1888

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variants: also larvacide \ ˈlär-​və-​ˌsīd How to pronounce larvacide (audio) \

Medical Definition of larvicide

: an agent for killing larvae

Other Words from larvicide

larvicidal \ ˌlär-​və-​ˈsīd-​ᵊl How to pronounce larvicidal (audio) \ adjective
larvicidally \ -​ē How to pronounce larvicidally (audio) \ adverb
larviciding \ ˈlär-​və-​ˌsīd-​iŋ How to pronounce larviciding (audio) \ noun

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