When it comes to pest control products, there are many options available. Dusts are an effective solution that can provide long-lasting control, making them a valuable tool for PMPs. With dusts and other insecticide formulations, having the right product makes all the difference. It’s important to choose the right dust for the right application.
There are two types of insecticide dusts: repellent and non-repellent. Repellent dusts can contain botanical actives as well as pyrethroids or pyrethrin. These dusts kill on contact and provide residual repellency, and longer-term control from their carriers. Dusts with botanical actives are considered true repellents, which means that they repel pests even if the insects don’t make contact with the dust. This is different from excito repellents, like synthetic pyrethroid dusts, which require insects to touch the dust to be repelled. Botanical actives provide quick knockdown.
Non-repellent dusts are also effective. With non-repellent dusts, you have a few options to choose from. Desiccant dusts kill pests as they walk through the dust. These dusts include silicone dioxide and diatomaceous earth. They kill by dehydrating insects. Borate dusts kill pests when they are ingested. Boric acid dusts are more effective than dusts containing borate salts because they stick to pests better. Pests can’t detect non-repellent dusts, which means they will crawl right through them. Rockwell Labs offers several dust insecticides including a repellent dust and two non-repellent dusts.
Repellent Dust: EcoVia WD
EcoVia WD is a highly effective, broad-spectrum botanical dust. It provides quick control and residual repellency and protection. It is effective against many pests including larger, hard-bodied, and difficult to control pests like beetles, ticks, pill bugs, and scorpions. EcoVia WD is a versatile product and can be used as a dust, wettable powder, or foam. When the botanical oils volatilize off the dust carrier, the carrier will continue to provide long term control as a desiccant.
CimeXa is a non-repellent, desiccant dust. It is effective against a broad spectrum of pests including bed bugs, cockroaches, ants, spiders, fleas, drywood termites, silverfish, and stored product pests. When pests walk through the dust it clings to their exoskeleton. The engineered silica destroys the waxy cuticle, which leads to rapid dehydration and death. Pests are killed within 12 to 24 hours of exposure, much faster than diatomaceous earth. CimeXa is odorless, non-clumping, non-staining, and has low toxicity. It is also versatile and can be used as a dust or wettable powder.
BorActin is a non-repellent, superfine, 99% boric acid dust. Because it’s superfine, it effectively sticks to pests and fills voids. It controls a wide range of insects including cockroaches, palmetto bugs, water bugs, ants, silverfish, small flies, and darkling beetles. Unlike CimeXa, BorActin needs to be ingested to kill pests. It is ideal for self-grooming pests like cockroaches. BorActin is odorless, non-clumping, and moisture resistant. It can be used as a liquid spray, foam, or mop solution, but it’s most effective when used as a dust.
Dusts are a great tool for PMPs because they are effective, long-lasting, and versatile. Knowing which dust to use and when to use it will provide you with the best results. Whether you’re looking for a repellent or non-repellent dust, Rockwell Labs has you covered.