Pest + Mold Control

     

    1. Insecticides are chemicals specifically formulated to control or eliminate insect pests. They are commonly used in agriculture, gardening, and public health to protect crops, plants, and human health from insect-related damage or diseases. Insecticides work through various modes of action, such as contact, ingestion, or systemic absorption. Some common types of insecticides include:

     

    • Organophosphates: These insecticides affect the nervous system of insects, causing paralysis and ultimately death. They are commonly used in agriculture but require careful handling due to their toxicity.

    • Pyrethroids: Pyrethroids are synthetic versions of natural compounds found in chrysanthemum flowers. They disrupt the nervous system of insects and are widely used in both agricultural and household applications.

    • Neonicotinoids: Neonicotinoids are systemic insecticides that are absorbed by plants and transported to different plant tissues, including nectar and pollen. While effective against a wide range of insect pests, they have been associated with negative impacts on pollinators such as bees.

    • Biological Insecticides: These insecticides utilize naturally occurring organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, or beneficial insects, to control specific pest populations. Biological insecticides are often considered more environmentally friendly and are used in integrated pest management (IPM) programs.

    It is important to use insecticides responsibly, following instructions and guidelines provided by manufacturers and regulatory authorities to ensure their safe and effective use while minimizing negative impacts on non-target organisms and the environment.

    1. Biological Control: Biological control, also known as biocontrol, is a pest management approach that utilizes natural enemies to regulate pest populations. It involves introducing or enhancing the presence of beneficial organisms that prey on or parasitize pests. Biological control methods include:
    • Predators: Beneficial insects, mites, or other organisms that consume or attack pest insects. For example, ladybugs feed on aphids, while praying mantises prey on a variety of insect pests.

    • Parasitoids: Insects that lay their eggs inside or on pest insects. The emerging parasitoid larvae then consume the host, ultimately killing it. Parasitic wasps are a common example of parasitoids used in biological control.

    • Pathogens: Microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, or fungi that infect and kill specific pest species. For instance, the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is used to control caterpillars, while the fungus Beauveria bassiana can control various insect pests.

    Biological control offers an environmentally sustainable approach to pest management, reducing the reliance on chemical insecticides and minimizing disruption to ecosystems.

    1. Fungicides: Fungicides are chemicals used to control or prevent fungal diseases in plants. Fungal infections can cause damage to crops, trees, and ornamental plants, leading to reduced yields and plant health. Fungicides work by inhibiting fungal growth, spore germination, or disrupting fungal cell processes. Some common types of fungicides include:
    • Contact Fungicides: These fungicides provide protection by forming a protective barrier on the plant surface, preventing fungal spores from infecting plant tissues. They need to be applied before the onset of disease and require thorough coverage.

    • Systemic Fungicides: Systemic fungicides are absorbed by plant tissues and transported throughout the plant. They protect the plant from the inside, preventing the spread and growth of fungal infections.

    • Preventive Fungicides: These fungicides are applied prior to the appearance of disease symptoms, creating a preventive barrier to protect plants from fungal infections.

    • Curative Fungicides: Curative fungicides are applied after the onset of disease to control and stop further fungal growth.

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