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Abamectin is a key active ingredient used in a number of special insecticide bait products to treat for cockroaches and ants. Solutions Pest & Lawn is proud to carry products containing this powerful active ingredient such as Advance 375A granular bait and Avert dry flowable cockroach bait among others. Learn more about this chemical and why it works so effectively to kill many common household pests.

What is Abamectin?

Abamectin comes from the chemical class known as avermectins, also known as nerve poisons. Avermectins are derived from the soil microorganism, Streptomyces avermitilis. These compounds are produced naturally in the soil as an actinomycete fungus. In the late 1970s, it was first isolated by scientists Merck & Co from soil samples collected in Japan. Of the four separate mixtures of avermectin came abamectin.

Abamectin is active at low rates against a broad range of agricultural, horticultural, and household insects and mites. It is low in toxicity to mammals and breaks down within 24 hours when exposed to light on unprotected surfaces.

How Abamectin Works

Abamectin works by affecting the nerves of insects through activating the chloride ion conductance mediated by the inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). In less scientific terms, the Abamectin paralyzes pests by interrupting the nervous system of targeted insects. This causes the insects to stop feeding, eventually starving themselves to death. Abamectin makes a perfect bait in that it is slow acting, allowing for ants to carry the bait back to their colony. Cockroaches on the other hand, do not take the bait back but the poison is transferred via roach droppings.

Abamectin has shown to kill the target insect within 3 to 4 days of contact and achieve a domino effect in killing an entire colony or infestation via the spreading of the poison through contact or food sharing with the other insects in the population.

View our array of abamectin formulated products below. For more information about abamectin or other active ingredients in our pesticides, please call us with your questions at 800-479-6583 or email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com

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Where is Abamectin used?

Aside from being used in baits for residential and commercial pest control, abamectin is used by the agricultural industry to control insects and mites which are found on a large variety of crops: citrus, pears, alfalfa, nut trees, cotton, vegetables, and ornamental. When abamectin is applied to crops and orchards, it is absorbed by the foliage and affects the insect when it eats the leaves. Abamectin is used in various combinations and formulations all over the world.


Is Abamectin Safe To Use?

Abamectin has been carefully evaluated by the EPA for its impact on people and the environment. While abamectin can be very toxic, most products which contain abamectin in its formulation have low toxicity to where it will not harm people and different warm blooded creatures, making it safe to handle. Abamectin is generally non-poisonous to birds; be that as it may, it is exceptionally lethal for bees and sea life such as fish.


When applied to plants the pesticide, the plants and crops do not contaminate or ruin the crops because it is not absorbed by crops. It also quickly lessens in effect because of the sun.  It is also safe to use around water systems because the chemical does not leach into groundwater quickly debases when presented to water. While applying abamectin, it is recommended to always wear protective masks and avoid coming into contact with it via skin. Wash hands thoroughly after use and sit tight for leaves to dry before entering the area of application. As always recommended, use the product as directed on the instructions that come on the label.

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