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.