New Insecticide Available to Combat Sucking, Chewing Pests

New Insecticide Available to Combat Sucking, Chewing Pests

Colorado potato beetle pressure is often determined by location and can vary widely.
Photo credit: Tom Kuhar, Virginia Tech

Minecto Pro insecticide from Syngenta is now approved by EPA for use in specialty and vegetable crops to control lepidopteran pests as well as sucking/rasping/chewing pests like mites, whiteflies, psyllids, thrips, and Colorado potato beetles.

The product is registered for use in citrus, pome fruit, stone fruit, tree nuts, vegetables, potatoes, onions, and cotton.


The insecticide combines cyantraniliprole, a second generation diamide that provides a broader spectrum of control, and abamectin, the global standard for mite control, into one premix formulation.

“Its complementary modes of action broaden the activity spectrum compared to other stand-alone products,” says Elijah Meck, technical product lead, Syngenta. “In many markets, newer products typically target a narrow pest spectrum. However, Minecto Pro has been specifically formulated to deliver robust rates of both active ingredients that will provide superior control of a broad range of lepidopteran and sucking insect pests.”

Minecto Pro will be commercially available for the 2017 growing season upon receipt of individual state registrations.




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Virginia Hughes says:

And what happens to bees and other pollinators

Tim Gaver says:

Virginia, very briefly, the EPA requires a huge amount of data to be submitted by the manufacturer and intensively reviewed by EPA scientists regarding the effect of a proposed pesticide on pollinators and other beneficial insects before a label for use is issued. Warnings on the pesticide label outline guidelines for application that will have little or no effect on bees or other beneficials. Pesticide applicators are legally bound to follow these warnings and the fines for violators are stiff. Lastly, many crops, especially vegetables, are dependent on pollinators for profitable production and growers protect the bees so they can raise a crop to sell and ultimately feed us.

Han says:

The current products are difficult to control the pests. I hope the new product will much better. When will they come to Adelaide?