Imidacloprid is a patented chemical used as an insecticide in over 100 countries. Created by Bayer CropScience, imidacloprid products are sold for professional and consumer use. The chemical is effective on a wide range of insects found in home gardens.
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The U.S. government approved a patent for imidacloprid in 1988. It is a nicotine-based chemical. As of 2010, Bayor CropScience offers eight different products with imidacloprid as the active ingredient. Bayer Advanced is the line of commercial imidacloprid marketed to home gardeners.
Imidacloprid is available as different types of liquid concentrate, granules and spray. It is used to control aphids, lacebugs, psyllids, soft scales and some types of beetles on plants and in soil. Packaging ranges from small bottles of spray to large containers of concentrated liquid.
Imidacloprid is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which requires Bayer CropScience to have a warning label on packaging about the dangers of the chemical. If used incorrectly, imidacloprid can harm non-targeted insects like bees.
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