The following is information on some new insect control products available for use in the horticultural industry.
New Products for Ornamental Greenhouse, Nursery, and Landscape Pests
A new product Kontos is available to manage most sucking pests in greenhouses. It is also labeled for use in nurseries. Kontos from OHP is effective against whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, thrips, and other insects. Kontos has a unique mode of action (IRAC group 23) that makes it an important tool in resistance management programs. This could be particularly important as a product to rotate with Conserve (spinosad) to kill thrips. It is also soft on beneficial organisms. More information on Kontos can be found at: http://www.ohp.com/PIB/PDF/kontos_490_pib.pdf.
In ornamental landscapes we now have Acelepryn by Dupont. This unique chemical has a very low vertebrate toxicity. So low in fact that it does not require a signal word on the label. It is effective on many landscape pests and can be used as a foliar spray or drench to provide translaminar and systemic plant protection. Acelepryn also is soft on beneficial organisms compared to older products. More information about Acelepryn can be found at http://www2.dupont.com/Professional_Products/en_US/assets/downloads/pdfs/H65676.pdf.
As new products become available it is important to begin incorporating them into insecticide programs. These products are less toxic to vertebrates, pollinators, and beneficial insects than products such as organophosphates and pyrethroids. They can also help reduce development of resistance and prolong the effective life of other products.
Reprinted from the current issue of the North Carolina Pest News http://ipm.ncsu.edu/current_ipm/09PestNews/09News17/pestnews.pdf