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AW: Re: Imidacloprid

In Germany it is sold under the brand name "Confidor", in US I mean it
is named "Marathon".

Greetings from Germany


-----Urspr|ngliche Nachricht-----
Von: owner-ferns@hort.net [mailto:owner-ferns@hort.net] Im Auftrag von
Donna McGraw
Gesendet: Samstag, 25. Januar 2003 06:41
An: ferns@hort.net
Betreff: [ferns] Re: Imidacloprid

I've never heard of imidacloprid, Rufino.  Is it sold under a brand
name? Do you know of a source for it? I occasionally have a few brown
scales - the kind that look like a tiny turtle shell - on my Platys.  I
can wash most of the adults away but am never sure that I've gotten all
the babies.

Donna McGraw
Houston where it's a little frosty at the moment

Rufino writes:

> Send a sample of the scale to your state agricultural department for 
> exact identification and then research the availability of biological 
> controls available for that particular species of scale. Or use an 
> extremely low toxicity insecticide such as imidacloprid (it is 
> extremely effective against scales, aphids, whiteflies and mealy bugs,

> including the dreaded root mealy bugs that do so much damage below 
> ground, but its mode of action is such that it is essentially 
> non-toxic to mammals, including, of course, human beings since human 
> beings are mammals). If you are put off by chemicals, bear in mind 
> that imidacloprid is chemically similar to nicotine, a "natural" plant

> toxin. However, it has two big differences from nicotine: (1) it is 
> far more toxic to insects than nicotine and (2) it is far less toxic 
> to mammals than nicotine.

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