Mosquito BioControl is a biological control agent used for the control of mosquito larvae in water. This product is comprised of live Entomopathogenic Nematodes, parasitic microorganisms, that kill mosquito larvae within 48 hours. They are very efficient at eradicating mosquitoes in highly infested areas and can applied using an aerial sprayer.
Category: BioControl Agents
Mosquito BioControl can be applied undiluted at a rate of 2.38 oz (70.4 mL) per 1,000 square feet to any standing or stagnant water. It will be necessary to dilute the product to cover the desired area, but do not exceed the dilution ratio of 1:1,000 product to water. Water plants thoroughly, spray Mosquito BioControl onto leaves and roots, and then cover all parts of the plant. Apply in stagnant water or any standing water that may be used as a breeding ground for mosquitos. May be applied through aerial spraying, spot treatment with machinery, or application by hand.
Mosquito BioControl uses live nematodes (Heterorhabditis megidis), as the active ingredient to reach the highest level of efficacy, while greatly reducing the environmental impact of using this product.
Entomopathogenic nematodes and their symbiotic bacterium are exceptionally safe biological control agents. These nematodes and their associated bacteria are harmless (non-toxic) to mammals and plants. They do not pollute water or soil. Contact with eyes may cause mild irritation. Appropriate land management practices should be used at all times with any pesticide; this material should be prevented from entering public or private water supplies (including wells) and any lake, stream, or river. Unlike problems with other pesticides, such as waste, ground water contamination, chemical carryover, and compromised pollinators, Mosquito BioControl is not a concern in these areas. Phytotoxicity on plants is low, but avoid treating stressed plants with Mosquito BioControl.
Mosquito BioControl uses nematode juveniles to seek out mosquito larvae and initiate infections. As soon as a host has been located, the nematodes penetrate the larvaes body cavity, usually via natural body openings or areas of thin cuticle. Inside the body cavity, infective juveniles release symbiotic bacteria from their gut into the insects blood. In the blood, multiplying nematode-bacterium cause septicemia and kill their insect hosts usually within 48 hours after infection. The nematodes feed on the multiplying bacteria, mature into adults, reproduce and then emerge as infective juveniles from the host cadaver to seek new larvae in their environment. Most biological pesticides require days or weeks to kill, yet these symbiotic bacteria can kill insect larvae within 48 hours.
Mosquitoes are small Culicidae insects and are considered dangerous carriers of diseases. They feed on nectar and plant juices, but they are also well known as parasites, sucking animal blood to obtain proteins that allow females to lay eggs. Some species of mosquito larvae feed on roots and lower tissue parts of plants. Larvae tend to pass unobserved, but they can provoke yellowing in leaves and restrain plant growth.
|Crop Type||Dilution Ratio||Mix Rate||Time to use||Undiluted Area Application|
|All crops||1:1,000||0.13 fl. oz. (3.8 mL)/ 1 gal 1 gal (3.79 L)/ 1,000 gal||At the start of mosquito infestation or during the rainy season||2.38 fl. oz. (70.4 mL)/ 1,000 ft2 103.67 fl. oz. (3.1 L)/ Acre 2 gal. (7.6 L)/ Ha|
|Carrier Substrate (Vermiculite)|