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When dealing with problematic pests in and around the home, it’s best to have an insecticide at your disposal that is both fast-acting and has a long time residual effect. There are a number of different active ingredients that successfully do this which pest control professionals swear by. One such active ingredient goes by the name acetamiprid, and whether it is the main active ingredient or combined with others, it packs a serious punch in insecticides.

Solutions Pest & Lawn is proud to carry insecticide products which contain acetamiprid. Here on this page, you can shop for these very products and also learn a little bit of interesting facts about the origins of acetamiprid and why it works so effectively to eliminate irritating household pests like ants, roaches and spiders.

What is Acetamiprid?

Acetamiprid (Chemical Formula: C10H11ClN4) is an odorless chemical compound which is an active ingredient in a number of popular pesticides. Acetamiprid is known as a neonicotinoid insecticide which is derived from a synthetic organic compound. Neonicotinoid pesticides work via attacking the nervous system of insects resulting in the insect losing bodily functions through paralysis. 

Neonicotinoids were originally discovered in the 1980's and are used worldwide for insect control. Acetamiprid is systemic and was first used in agricultural settings to protect plants and crops against sucking insects such as aphids. Some other plants it has been known to be used on to ward off bugs are leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, grapes, cotton, cole crops, and ornamental plants. It is more prominently used on cherry farms to kill off the cherry fruit fly.

Aside from being used in agricultural, it is now used more often is commercial and residential pest control to tackle a variety of different insects. The advantage of acetamiprid is that it can be used safely on plants and vegetables without damaging them.

How Does Acetamiprid Work?

Acetamiprid is known as a neonicotinoid insecticide. This means that the chemical behaves like the addictive drug nicotine. Like nicotine, acetamiprid acts on certain kinds of receptors in the nerve synapse. Acetamiprid’s mode of action is achieved by disrupting inhibiting stimuli transmission within the nervous system of the targeted insect when that insect either ingests or absorbs the poison into its body.

This results in  interruption of brain signals throughout the body of the insect. In as quickly as half an hour, the affected insect will suffer effects of excitement, then paralysis, and finally death. Acetamiprid are much more toxic to invertebrates, like insects, than they are to mammals, birds and other higher organisms.  Acetamiprid works at all stages of insect development, whether they are an egg, larvae or an adult. Insects are affected mainly by ingestion, and may be affected by some forms of contact as well.

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

How is Acetamiprid Used?

Acetamiprid is commonly used to treat a large variety of crops and trees, including various leafy vegetables, citrus fruit, grapes, cotton, canola, cereals, cucumbers, melons, onions, peaches, rice, strawberries, beets, tea plants, tobacco, pears, apples, peppers, plums, potatoes, tomatoes, house plants, and ornamental plants.


Acetamiprid is a key pesticide in commercial cherry farming, since it is effective against larvae of cherry fruit flies. Acetamiprid can be applied to foliage, seed, and soil.

How safe is Acetamiprid?

Acetamiprid has been touted for it’s very low-toxicity. Acetamiprid degrades rapidly in soil by soil metabolism and has low toxicity to mammals, birds, and fish.


Applicators of acetamiprid have reported to have skin or eye irritation, dizziness, breathlessness, confusion, or vomiting after being exposedl. On occasion there have been reports of skin irritation from owners of pets after they applied flea control products containing acetamiprid to their pets.


When handling products containing acetamiprid, we recommend using gloves and protective clothing when spraying such products. Please use the product according to the instructions on the label and take heed to the safety measures on the label when applying the product.

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