Inactive components of a pesticide formulation that are used to dilute the pesticide or to make it safer, more effective, easier to measure, mix & apply, and more convenient to handle.
Substances that are not " active," such as water, petroleum distillates, talc, corn meal, or soaps. When discussing pesticides, inert ingredients do not attack a particular pest, but some are chemically or biologically active, causing health and environmental problems.
Any ingredients in a pesticide formulation whose function is something other than killing the target pest. Include solvents, carriers, detergents, and propellants. Inert ingredients are not necessarily chemically or toxicologically inert. In fact, some are more toxic than the active ingredients in a pesticide formulation. Inert ingredients are usually considered trade secret. Commonly used inert ingredients include kerosene, xylene, toluene, benzene, methylene, chloride, and petroleum distillates.
The materials in a pesticide formulation which have no pesticide activity.
Material in a pesticide formulation that generally has no pesticidal activity, but could be flammable or combustible.