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Acephate is a main active ingredient for an assortment of insecticide products we have in our inventory here at Solutions Pest & Lawn. This active ingredient is known to be a lethal effective product known to control a number of common pests encountered in home including but not limited to: turf, tree, and ornamental pests as well as ants (particularly fire ants) cockroaches, crickets, firebrats, silverfish, earwigs, pillbugs, sowbugs, pantry pests, and wasps.

Here you can shop for all our products containing acephate in one place as well as learn more about this effective active ingredient, including what it is, mode of action, and other interesting background information on this chemical.

What Is Acephate?

Acephate, scientifically known as O, S-Dimethyl Acetyphosphoramidothioate comes from the Organophosphate family of chemicals.

Acephate is used popularly by those in the agricultural industry to protect vegetables, natural products, berries, cotton, tobacco, and herbs. It is also utilized as a part of the agriculture and ranger service enterprises, and also a business, mechanical and private nuisance control. Acephate has been being used since the 1970s and was enlisted by the EPA in 1973. The United States utilizes 4 to 5 million pounds of acephate every year.

Acephate was first introduced in 1974 and has low mammalian toxicity, provides good residual action, and has a characteristically strong odor (primarily from mercaptan, a by-product in the production of acephate). Attempts to reduce its odor by improving the formulation have been partially successful.

Aside from agriculture, it is also used in horticulture, particularly against aphids and caterpillars, and it provides locally systemic contact and residual action in plants. Acephate is formulated as extruded granules that dissolve quickly in water to form a spray solution. It is also available as an aerosol formulation for control of cockroaches and other structural pests and a granular insecticide for fire ant and harvester ant control.

How Acephate Works

Acephate is an Organophosphate insecticides and as such, their mode of action is that the chemical works by blocking an enzyme in the nervous system, thus interrupting the electrochemical processes that nerves use to communicate with muscles and with other nerves. As a result, this causes a build-up in the chemical acetylocholine for the affected insect. Eventually, the accumulation of acetylocholine in the muscles causes over-stimulation, ending either in paralysis or death.


Products Which Feature Acephate

• Surrender Fire Ant Killer- this is primarily an insecticide which targets fire ants

• Orthene PCO Pellets - This products is made up of 97% of acephate and is used primarily in restaurants to treat german cockroaches which baits are not effective in dealing with the problem.

• Acephate 97UP Insecticide - Acephate 97UP provides reliable contact and systemic control of a wide spectrum of sucking and chewing insects used primarily to protect agricultural crops and in certain non-agricultural areas.

• And more!

View our assortment of acephate formulated products below. For more information about acephate 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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Common Areas Where Acephate Is Used

Aside from residential areas, agricultural farmers often apply acephate products to protect their prized crops such as citrus trees, fruit, potatoes, sugar beets, vine plants, mint, cotton, tobacco, hop cultivation, cranberries, and other berries. Forest companies also use it on pine trees and Christmas trees to protect them from parasitic insects. Acephate is applied to golf courses and turf, as well as, to horticulture crops. It can also be applied outdoors in residential areas and is often used to control fire ants. As a general use insecticide, it has a residual effect of 10-15 days.


Is Acephate Safe To Use?

Acephate is regarded as a general use pesticide meaning that it can be used by the average homeowner, not just professionals. This is a solid indicator that it is safe to use. When applied to plant life, acephate breaks down quickly in the environment as it is absorbed from the soil by plant roots. Subsequently, the roots then transport the acephate to other parts of the plant causing little residue on food and in drinking water.


The EPA has declared that those residues do not pose any risk and are not injurious to health. Acephate emits toxic fumes of phosphorus, nitrogen, and sulfur oxides when heated to decomposition. It is recommended that when applying acephate (or any other chemical product for that matter) to always wear protective gear such as a mask, gloves, long sleeve clothing etc. Wash clothing and skin thorough when the application is complete. It is important, for safety reasons, to always apply the product according to instructions on the label.


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