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pesticide formulationPesticide Formulations

At Solutions Pest & Lawn we care a lot about pesticide formulations and ensuring that the pesticides we manufacture are kept to the highest standards to satisfy our vast array of customers, DIYers and pest control professionals. We are proud to be recognized as the only pesticide manufacturer that handles every step of the pesticide formulation process under one roof at our manufacturing facility.

From obtaining the highest quality active ingredients and adjuvants, to delivering them at the doorstep of our customers, we are constantly testing and retesting are products to make sure that they provide satisfying results. Solutions Pest & Lawn carries the finest formulations of insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers that you can find and by handling the sale directly to you be cut out the middleman to ensure the lowest price possible. 

Definition of Pesticide Formulations

A pesticide formulation is a mixture of chemicals which is utilized to sufficiently control a problem pest. The process of formulating a pesticide involves procedures conducted to improve its storage, handling, safety, application, or effectiveness.

Learn more about our different pesticide formulations by clicking on the categories found below. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us via phone at 1800-479-6583 or via email at askapro@solutionsstores.com

The Contents of a Pesticide Formulation

  • A pesticide formulation involves a combination of active ingredients mixed with lesser ingredients (also referred to as inert ingredients). An active ingredient is a chemical inside a formulation that does the bulk of the work involved in killing or repelling a pest. Depending upon the active ingredients solubility, its effectiveness is controlling a pest and other factor in its chemistry, the pesticide can come in man different types of formulations.

  • Pesticide formulations often involve the addition of a chemical called a synergist. Synergists are an active ingredient used to improve or enhance the main active ingredient’s effectiveness in killing the desired pest but on their own do not have the ability to kill problem pests. A good example of this are insecticide products which have the main active ingredient of pyrethrin often are mixed with piperonyl butoxide  or n-octyl bicycloheptane dicarboximide. These secondary chemicals act as a synergist to help improve the effectiveness of pyrethrin but those chemicals alone can do little to nothing in harming termites, ants etc.

  • Other ingredients may also be included in a pesticide formulation to supplement an active ingredient. Some of these ingredients act as solvents, carriers, adjuvants, or any other compound, besides the active ingredient, which is purposely added to the formula.

    • Solvents are liquids which dissolve the active ingredient

    • Carriers  are any chemical included in the pesticide product which helps delivery of the active ingredient

    • Adjuvants (which can also be called surfactants)often aid the pesticide to stick to or spread out on the application surface (i.e., leaves) which would otherwise run off or bounce off of the application surface due to surface tension.

Considerations Given for Pesticide Formulations

When manufacturers of pesticides concoct new formulations, there are numerous factors to put into consideration before going forward. Usually these factors (according to NPIC) include: the type of surface, training, equipment, runoff, drift, habits of the pest, and safety are all considered when a manufacturer designs a pesticide formulation.

 

Type of surface- Some formulations are more effective on certain surfaces than others. With some formulations, especially when applied on plants, it may cause discoloration or some of detrimental effect.

Training and equipment

  • • Most pesticides that are bought over the counter or online are ready-to-use (RTU) formulations which require no dilution and can be applied quickly and conveniently. Examples of ready-to-use formulations used by homeowners are granules for insect and weed control and baits for rodent control. However, more professional grade insecticides come in concentrate form and need to be diluted before use.

  • • The correct equipment required for the pesticide formulation is also considered by manufacturers for instance hose-end sprayer, hand sprayer, compressed air sprayer, fogger, or soil injector.

 

Safety to people, animals, and the environment

  • • Wearing safety equipment when applying pesticides of any sort of formulation is important to minimize potential exposure to pesticides during an application. The typical personal protective equipment (PPE) for an applicator usually includes a long sleeve shirt, pants, closed-toe shoes, chemically resistant rubber gloves, a respirator, and/or eye protection. The equipment required for an application is often listed on the label.

  • • In addition to the safety of those handling the pesticides directly, the safety of people, pets, and the environment wherever the pesticide formulation is being applied needs to be taken into account.  As a result, the label often has precautionary statements to protect pets, wildlife and other non-target species in the ecosystem.


Pest Habits

  • • The pest that is being targeted needs to be carefully studied by the manufacturer. Information on how the pest feeds, its reproductive habits, and its life cycle will help the manufacturer determine which formulation would be the most effective. At Solutions, our company made insecticides are concocted after thorough, comprehensive study and testing by our pest control experts and entomologists.

Mixing Pesticides Together

A common question we receive from customers is whether it is safe to mix two different pesticide formulations together. While the question is too complex to give a direct yes or no answer, the following guidelines should be adhered to:

  • • The pesticide product label often will list any chemicals that it should not be mixed with or containers that it should not be mixed in.

  • • Some pesticides can be mixed together which will not detrimentally effect the intent of the original product.

  • • Not all pesticides can be mixed together because they separate out of the solution, gel, curdle, or clog the equipment during application.

  • • Pesticides that are physically different are typically incompatible. For example, mixing an insecticidal dust with a insecticide liquid concentrate.

Tips to Reduce Incompatibilities When Mixing Pesticides

  • • Check the label to see which types of pesticide formulations to avoid mixing. Formulated pesticide products that are ready-to-use (RTU) liquids and concentrated liquids that have been diluted according to label instructions can be mixed together. However, undiluted liquid concentrations should not be combined which are most of the professional grade products which we carry here at Solutions Pest & Lawn.

  • • To reduce incompatibilities of wettable powders, and water-dispersible granule formulations, shaking the solution regularly is necessary.

 

If you have questions about compatibility or other pesticide-related issues contact our pest control experts here at Solutions Pest & Lawn for more information.

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