Fruit Bites July 7-9 Scales
AW: Insect Growth Regulators, IGRs for short, control insect development by tricking the insect into producing another larval stage or not being able to produce an exoskeleton. These insect specific hormones are methods used to control certain types of insect pests.
BL: Staying forever young, I like the sound of that.
AW: Staying forever young would be an example of a juvenile hormone mimic. It’s keeps an insect immature forever and preventing it from reaching an adult stage, or sterilizing the adult female insect preventing future offspring.
BL: Either way, it sounds like those immature bugs would nothing but mush.
AW: Exactly, without an exoskeleton, the insect would be mush and either dry up or get preyed upon. An IGR can block the first step in the molting process so the insect never develops and exoskeleton.
Look for both of these IGRs in a new insecticide call Senstar from Valent.
BL: Well, thanks Allison. Join us again next time for Fruit Bites, brought to you by Valent. Until then, I’m Bob Larson.