To Repel or Not To Repel
Wednesday August 1, 2012
Which pesticide chemical families are considered repellent and which are considered non-repellent?
Traditionally we think of the Synthetic Pyrethroids as the main group having some level of repellent effect on many insects. This has been known for a fairly long time and some manufacturers, initially, even lobbied for this repellency as a feature that could be exploited in managing certain bugs. For example, early on cyfluthrin (in Tempo) was known to be highly repellent to ants and it was suggested that the repellency could form a barrier around a structure that might keep ants away, thus protecting the structure. However, what was found was that it also could be a barrier to ants already... Read more
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