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Systematic name
mixture of:
(10E,14E,16E)-(1R,4S,5′S,6S,6′R,8R,12S,13S,20R,21R,24S)-6′-[(S)-sec-butyl]-21,24-dihydroxy-5′,11,13,22-tetramethyl-2-oxo-(3,7,19-trioxatetracyclo[,8.020,24]pentacosa-10,14,16,22-tetraene)-6-spiro-2′-(5′,6′-dihydro-2′H-pyran)-12-yl 2,6-dideoxy-4-O-(2,6-dideoxy-3-O-methyl-α-L-arabino-hexopyranosyl)-3-O-methyl-α-L-arabino-hexopyranoside
(10E,14E,16E)-(1R,4S,5′S,6S,6′R,8R,12S,13S,20R,21R,24S)-21,22-dihydroxy-6′-isopropyl-5′,11,13,22-tetramethyl-2-oxo-(3,7,19-trioxatetracyclo[,8.020,24]pentacosa-10,14,16,22-tetraene)-6-spiro-2′-(5′,6′-dihydro-2′H-pyran)-12-yl 2,6-dideoxy-4-O-(2,6-dideoxy-3-O-methyl-α-L-arabino-hexopyranosyl)-3-O-methyl-α-L-arabino-hexopyranoside

How Abamectin Works

Abamectin works by interrupting the nervous system of the insects. Abamectin will paralyze suseptible pests causing them to stop feeding and eventually die. Abamectin is a slower acting pesticide which allows for ants and other insects to travel back to the nest and spread the pesticide  to the colony. 

Abamectin Active Ingredient

Abamectin is from the chemical class avermectin which are macrocyclic lactones. It is a common ingredient in many roach baits and ant baits. Avermectins are derived from the soil organism, streptomyces avermitilis. There are four seperate mixtures of avermectin that occur: avermectin A1, avermectin A2, avermectin B1, and avermectin B2. Each mixture has an 80% majority component calle "a" and 20% minority component called "b." For example, Avermectin B1 contains 80% avermectin B1a and 20% avermectin B1b and is the substance called Abamectin.

Insects Controlled by Abamectin

Abamectin is very effective at low use rates against a broad range of agricultural  and household pests including but not limited to Acrobat, Argentine, Bigheaded, Carpenter, Crazy, Field, Fire, Harvester, Little Black, Pavement, Pharaoh, Odorous House and Thief Ants, Nemotodes, and Mites.

Common Trade Names

Abamectin is available in many formulations including granular abamectin, gel abamectin, and liquid abamectin. Brand names that contain abamectin include Avert roach gel bait from Whitmire, Advance 375a and Advance Carpenter Ant Bait from BASF,  Ascend fire ant bait from Whitmire, Vendetta roach gel from MGK, Optiguard ant gel  from Syngenta, and Abathor granular insecticide from Ensystex.

Signs of Toxicity - Humans
Symptoms appear rapidly if the products are inhaled, somewhat slower if ingested, and more delayed following dermal exposure. Symptoms can become apparent within minutes to hours after exposure, depending on the exposure route.

Symptoms include headache, dizziness and confusion.gastrointestinal, neurological, respiratory, or dermal symptoms such as abdominal cramps, tremors, tachycardia, sweating, disorientation, coughing, wheezing, congestion, and pneumonia. Skin irritation and reactions such as swelling, hives, redness, and rashes have also been reported. 

Always follow label instructions and take steps to avoid exposure. If any exposures occur, be sure to follow the First Aid instructions on the product label carefully. For medical emergencies or diagnosis and treatment advice, contact the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. If you wish to report an incident, please call the National Pesticide Information Center at 1-800-858-7378.
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Optigard Fire Ant Bait Vendetta Cockroach Gel Bait Abamectin .15EC Miticide
Price $26.75
Price $165.99

Abamectin .15EC Miticide
Optigard Fire Ant Bait by Syngenta contains Abamectin and is used for the control of Imported Fire Ants on turf, lawns, landscapes, and other non-crop areas. Optigard can be applied in two ways, by broadcast or by individual mound treatment. Vendetta Cockroach Gel Bait by MGK is a new high-performance gel bait technology with a highly palatable balanced nutrient matrix designed to be effective even on the hardest to kill cockroach infestations. Vendetta Gel Bait provides consistent performance over a wide range of dietary conditions and is very easy to handle and apply. Abamectin .15EC Miticide can be used to control leafminers, mites, aphids, whiteflies, and thrips on ornamental plants. Abamectin is non-phototoxic on most ornamental plants and can be applied at any time of year.
Advance Carpenter Ant Bait Advance Dual Choice Ant Stations 4 Station Pack Ascend Fire Ant Bait
Price $23.99

Price $7.99
Price $24.50
Advance Carpenter Ant Bait Advance Dual Choice Ant Stations 4 Station Pack Ascend Fire Ant Bait
Advance Carpenter Ant Bait is a specially formulated Abamectin bait to kill carpenter ants. Carpenter ant bait can be used indoors and outdoors to control carpenter ant colonies. Advance Dual Choice Ant Bait Stations are a great tool for controlling ant populations. Each station contains a protein as well as a carbohydrate food source that acts an attractant similar to a sugar food source
Ascend Fire Ant Bait contains the active ingredient Abamectin and has been proven to do more than just kill fire ants. It is most effective to the ant queen and has shown to cause a halt to egg production, preventing the colony's growth.

Avert Dry Flowable Cockroach Bait Avid 0.15 EC Award II Fire Ant Bait
Price $21.50

Price $92.99
Price $296.99
Avert Dry Flowable Cockroach Bait Avid 0.15 EC Miticide Syngenta Award II Fire Ant Bait
Avert Dry Flowable Cockroach Bait is a cockroach bait by BASF that contains Abamectin. This bait remains effective for more than a year after initial treatment. It reaches void areas that gels and bait stations cannot reach. Avid 0.15 EC by Syngenta contains Abamectin and is one of the most widely used miticides/insecticides for the control of both mites and leafminers. Avid is effective on both the foliage and flowers and is an ideal product for a wide variety of application sites, resulting in fewer products stored. Award II Fire Ant Bait by Syngenta contains Abamectin and is designed with an oil bait that attracts imported fire ants. Worker ants retrieve the bait and take it back to the mound. Award II is a slow acting stomach insecticide, which allows the bait to be passed by the workers throughout the colony and eventually to the queen.
InVict AB Insect Paste
Price $33.75
Abamectin Insect Bait
InVict AB Insect Paste is perfect for controlling those pesky silverfish, ants and roaches. This paste is free of peanut ingredients so its perfect for indoor and outdoor use. To eliminate silverfish, roaches, and ants by killing the queen and the colony. The protein content of this product makes it attractive to pests year round and eliminates them quickly. InVict AB Insect Paste is simple and efficient when it comes to killing annoying ants, roaches and silverfish.
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