Introduction: Biocidal products refer to the general name of substances used in order to prevent, control or reduce the harmful
effects of hazardous organisms present in all areas of public health describing human settlements, working areas, physical places
and environment related to daily living . The use of biocidal product around the world is, on average, 3 million tons per year; this
amount is 13.000 tons in Turkey.
Objective: Objective this study is to measure the knowledge, attitude and behaviors of Pesticide sellers and Pest Control
Companies during February-May 2017 in the cities of Antalya (Aksu), Denizli (Center), Isparta (Center) and Ankara (Center).
Materials and Methods:This study was conducted in the cities of Antalya, Denizli, Isparta and Ankara during the months of
February-May 2017 by means of surveys prepared to measure knowledge, attitude and behaviors of pesticide sellers and home pest
control companies. In the survey study, 37 questions in total were addressed to pesticide sellers while 48 questions were directed
to managers and workers in home pest control companies. Statistical significance value was accepted as p< 0.05. For statistical
analyses and calculations, IBM SPSS Statistics 21.0.
Results:The average age of respondents was 36.77±10.73 years for home pest dusters and 37.50±9.74 for pesticide sellers.
Pesticide sellers (86.7% was university graduate) were found to have higher education level in comparison to home pest dusters
(53.3% was university graduate). When the questions of surveys were evaluated, average score of home pest dusters were defined
as 64.69±7.79 whereas pesticide sellers scored 64.18±9.74 on average.
Keywords: Biocidal product; Pest control; Biocide poisoning; Agriculture