An update on pest control insecticides. This article aims to advise the consumer on the most suitable pest control formulations. The pest control industry uses many different types of insecticide. Furthermore, each type of insecticide has a specific target. Hence, it is important to to make an informed decision when choosing a formulation.
There are approximately 61 different types of insecticide available to the pest control industry. In addition, there is an international pesticide coding system. Moreover, in public health and food storage areas only ten of the formulations can be used. Therefore, it is important to constantly update your knowledge of pest control insecticides
An update on pest control insecticides
1. Emulsion (Miscible) concentrates: An Update
Emulsion concentrates are oily insecticidal liquids mixed in a solvent with emulsifying agents. Additives prevent any separation of the oily droplets. A milky emulsion is produced when the minute droplets are dispersed within water. In addition, some of the formulations maybe be diluted by oil or water.
Emulsion concentrates can be applied to plastics and rubber. However, in some cases, the solvent may attack these surfaces. Moreover,, emulsions are non-flammable. Hence, they can be used where there is a possible fire risk. However, these formulations should not to be applied near electrical components or on absorbent surfaces, for example, concrete or wood.
Emulsion concentrates are suitable for surface application using many different types of sprayers. However, they are not suitable for foggers. In addition, use this type of formulation immediately.
2. Suspension Concentrates (Flowable Powders): An update
Suspension concentrates combine ease of handling with the efficiency of a powder-based formulation. Also, they provide reduced irritability to the technician. Moreover, flowable powders do not settle out like wettable powders. The ingredients are ground into a fine powder.
3. Water Dispersible (Wettable) Powders: An update
Specifically, wettable powders consist of a mineral-based powder impregnated with an insecticide. After that, the powder is mixed with an emulsifying agent. Of course, dilution of the mixture aids dispersion. Specifically, the insecticide will remain on the surface where it is picked up by the insects.
Wettable powders are ideal for use on none-absorbent surfaces. Indeed, evidence has proven that dispersible powders are more effective than emulsions on a range of surfaces. Again, they are especially effective on absorbent surfaces.
The pestcontrol.me.uk technician uses a knapsack sprayers and power sprayers. However, it is important to avoid electrical installations.
4. Pest Control Smoke Generators: An update
A heat source is applied to the insecticide. Accordingly, this results in the production of a large volume of white or grey smoke. As a result, very small particles of insecticide are deposited on horizontal surfaces.
This formulation is very effective in confined spaces. For instance, it is an excellent option for tackling cluster flies in lofts and roof voids. However, this is not a fumigation method.
In addition, this application is a fire risk hazard. In conclusion, this method is a good option because the process leaves very small amounts of residue.
5. Micro-encapsulated formulations: An update
This method involves covering the active ingredient in a plastic polymer coat. Consequently, the insecticide does not breakdown. Moreover, the active ingredient defuses slowly. As a result, micro-encapsulated formulations are particularly effective on greasy surfaces.
When exposed to ultraviolet light, micro-encapsulated formulations are very stable.
6. Dusts and powders: An update
Dusts and powders consist of low concentrations of insecticide mixed with mineral powder, for example, silica.
The pestcontrol.me.uk technicians applied this type of formulation to horizontal services. Consequently, this is an excellent method for controlling crawling insects. In addition, this is an effective method against wasps’ nests. Dusts and powders provide a very effective barrier to ants.
However, dusts and powders should always be applied sparingly otherwise the insects will not walk through the powder. Furthermore, this formulation should only used in inaccessible places in areas of food preparation.
7. Micro-emulsions: An update
Micro-emulsions carry the active ingredient in small droplets. Consequently, it is difficult for the insects to avoid walking on the treated surfaces. This method is effective on non-porous surfaces such as metal and tiles. However, it is less effective on absorbent surfaces.
Conclusion: An update on pest control insecticides
Finally, seek advice before choosing a pest control formulation. The experts at pestcontrol.me.uk are experts in this field. Moreover, our technicians constantly update their knowledge of the new products that come on to the market.