What Is A Systemic Pesticide?
(Using Systemic Insecticides In Gardens)
A systemic pesticide is one that is applied to all parts of your garden at once. For example, if you have a tomato plant, then it would need to be sprayed with several different types of pesticides in order to kill off the caterpillars and other pests that are attacking your plants.
The most common type of systemic pesticides are called pyrethroids. Pyrethrum is the active ingredient in many products such as Diatomaceous Earth, which is used to control insects like ants and termites. Another popular product is Imidacloprid, which is sold under the brand name Windex. Both of these products work by killing adult bugs but they don’t kill larvae or young insects that may still be living inside your plants.
Other commonly used systemic pesticides include carbamates, organophosphate compounds, fumigants, and pyrethroids. These chemicals are usually applied to the soil around your plants. They’re designed to kill adult insects while leaving small larvae alive so they can feed on the plant’s energy reserves. Once those energy reserves are gone, the plant dies and so do the bugs.
Systemic Pesticides For Your Garden
Here are a few pesticides that can be applied to your garden in order to keep them pest free:
Acetamiprid (brand name: Claxtol)
This is a product that kills aphids, flea beetles, leafhoppers, thrips, and other types of insects. It also isn’t extremely toxic to animals, which is why it’s widely accepted among gardeners. Acetamiprid is absorbed through the leaves and shoots of your plants. When ingested by an insect pest, it prevents the normal release of certain neurotransmitters within their nervous system. This slow demise leads to death after a few days.
Bifenthrin (brand name:Talstar One)
This product is a great way to kill and repel an extremely large range of insects. It can be ingested through the skin or it can be eaten by the bugs. When they ingest or touch the chemical, it affects the way that their nerves work and eventually they die. This product is great against spiders, fleas, ticks, bedbugs, carpet beetles, ants, termites, and more.
Etofenprox (brand name:Advion)
This product kills and repels a large range of insects. It is extremely effective when it comes to getting rid of pests, including roaches, ants, spiders, crickets, and silverfish. It’s a product that should be used with caution because it can also harm mammals and humans if they touch or ingest it.
Flubendiamide (brand name: Pasmect)
This product is commonly used to get rid of whiteflies, aphids, thrips, and beetles. It’s non-staining, so it’s great for use on ornamental plants. It can also be used to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. It doesn’t kill on contact, but instead it clogs up the insects’ spiracles so they suffocate.
Isotianil (brand name:Nuvan)
This product is great for keeping down the amount of thrips that attack your plants. It’s used to control mites, aphids, whiteflies, and beetles as well. It works by preventing the insect from feeding. A protein coating is created within the insect’s gut that prevents it from eating or drinking. This leads to death by starvation after a few days.
Lambda-Cyhalothrin (brand name:Warrior)
This product is extremely effective for dealing with a wide variety of pests. It can be used to kill bagworms, ants, aphids, termites, and thrips. It works by affecting an insect’s central nervous system after several days of repeated exposure. This is a less toxic alternative to other chemicals.
Spinosad (brand name: Capture)
This product is great for preventing and dealing with infestations of caterpillars, thrips, leafminers, and leaf beetles. It’s made up of bacteria that are harmless to mammals but deadly to insects. It’s odorless and effective.
Pesticides are common throughout the world, and they’re especially useful in keeping your garden thriving. They kill or repel a wide range of insects that might otherwise harm your crops. It’s important to carefully consider which ones to use, as some are more harmful than others. This guide should help you make an informed decision about which ones to select for your garden.
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