Imidacloprid is a systemic insecticide widely used to control pests in gardens and turf. It is also used for the treatment of fleas in domestic pets and in the protection of trees from boring insects.
Imidacloprid was made to mimic nicotine. Nicotine is naturally found in many plants, including tobacco, and is toxic to insects. Products containing imidacloprid come in many forms, including liquids, granules, dusts, and packages that dissolve in water.
Imidacloprid is a systemic insecticide, which means that plants take it up from the soil or through the leaves and it spreads throughout the plant’s stems, leaves, fruit, and flowers. Insects that chew or suck on the treated plants end up eating the imidacloprid as well. Once the insects eat the imidacloprid, it damages their nervous system and they eventually die.
Imidacloprid is considered very safe for farmers as mammals have a very different central nervous system to insects. Being systemic its effects work for a prolonged time however there is very little residue left on the outside of the plant
Targeted Pests include aphids, thrips, locusts, termites, ants, fleas and beetles.
Imidacloprid is very toxic to non targeted insects including bees and to aquatic invertebrates.
Brand names of Imadacloprid include Confidor, Merit, Advantage, Conquest, Gaucho and Spectrum.
Turf – First instar larvae of African Black beetle and Argentinian scarab. Larvae of Billbug
25mL per 100 sqm
How To Use
Spray with at least 400 mLs of water for even coverage. Preferably spray onto wet of dewy grass. Irrigate with 12 mm of water commencing within one hour of application.
When To Apply
Monitor adult activity tghrough late spring and early summer. Spray when numbers peak, or when small larvae (4mm) are found in thatch or surface soil. Early application is essential to minimise damage due to feeding.
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