Vegalab US has launched an improved formulation of its Spider Mite Control biological pesticide. Targeting spider mites, which are known to attack several hundred species of plants, the product attacks the pest in two different ways. It blocks the breathing holes of spider mites, causing them to die from suffocation.
It also causes reproductive disruption among female spider mited. This leads to infertility, with eggs that do not hatch or mites that don’t develop to an adult stage.
The improved formulation calls for a dilution rate of 1:500-1:1000 (depending on level of infestation), while the old formulation recommended a dilution rate of 1:100. With 5x the original concentration, the improved Spider Mite Control lowers the amount of product needed, and therefore cost, per application. As with the original formula, zero pesticide residue is left on the plants.
The improved Spider Mite Control formulation were made possible by using proprietary nanotechnology and advanced adjuvants. The product is a liquid formulation that is applied as a foliar spray to plants. It is EPA-approved under FIFRA Section 25(b) as a minimum risk pesticide.