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A pest problem such as a roach or beetle is especially frustrating for most homeowners because even if you eliminate all the adults, there are still hundreds of eggs around waiting to be hatched, bringing upon a new generation of pesky creatures. Luckily, there is a product which can eliminate those eggs and keep the insects from growing. This active ingredient is known as hydroprene.

On this page we will share with you some background information on hydroprene, a popular active ingredient for insect growth regulators such as Gentrol. We will cover its origin and why it is so effective. Here you can also shop the insecticide products we have in stock which are based with hydroprene.

What Is Hydroprene?

Hydroprene (Chemical name: Ethyl (2E,4E)-3,7,11-trimethyl-2,4-dodecadienoate) is an insecticide used to control insect infestations such as cockroaches, beetles, and moths.  Hydroprene belongs to the class of insecticides known as insect growth regulators or IGRs for short. IGRs such as hydroprene are utilized to inhibit or disrupt the life cycle of insects in the egg and larvae stage of development. The concept of using IGRs is that if a given insect cannot reach adulthood, it cannot reproduce. So in other words, products containing hydroprene serve as a sort of “birth control” for pests, keeping populations under control by preventing current and future infestations.

In its original form, hydroprene is an yellowish-brown liquid that is soluble in water and slightly volatile. When put into storage, it can stay effective for more than 3 years. Hydroprene was first registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1984.

How Hydroprene Works

Hyrdroprene is a unique insecticide in that it doesn’t actually kill insects, rather prevents the development of the life cycle so the egg does not transition into larvae and into adulthood. Hydroprene achieves this by mimicking the natural hormones produced by immature insects. Hydroprene can result in a variety of effects of various insects ranging from adult sterility, physical body changes, water loss and premature death.

Hydroprene disrupts normal development and molting of insects by mimicking hormones produced by immature insects. Hydroprene causes different effects on different insects. It may cause adult sterility, physical body changes, water loss, and premature death

The juvenile hormone has to not be present in order for the larvae to change from pupa to an adult. Through hydroprene imitating the juvenile hormone they are not able to continue to mature. When hydroprene is utilized during the larval stages, it hinders the development. They can not emerge as adults or they emerge as abnormal sterile adults. You may see deformed wings.

View our selection of insecticide products which contain hydroprene below. For more information about hydroprene or other insecticide active ingredients, please call us with your questions at 800-479-6583 or email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com.


How Hydroprene is Used

Hydroprene products are used on a variety of indoor sites including homes, offices, warehouses, restaurants, hospitals, and greenhouses. Commercial formulations of the insecticide include aerosols, liquids, and impregnated materials (i.e., bait stations)


Hydroprene’s can successfully target and regulate fleas, ticks, ants, roaches, bed bugs, and other stored product pests.


How Safe Is Hydroprene?

According to the EPA,hydroprene is classified  as having low toxicity.The people most at risk of being exposed to hydroprene are handlers (mixers, loaders, and applicators) during and after normal use of applications in agricultural and other settings. .As with all chemicals and insecticides read the label for safe usage.


As a precaution, we recommend following safety procedures found on the instruction label and wearing the proper protective equipment (long sleeve clothing, gloves, breathing mask and protective eyewear).

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