Acephate 97UP Insecticide

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Acephate 97UP Insecticide

Acephate 97UP is a cost efficient alternative to Orthene that is made from high quality ingredients. This formulation is low odor and controls over 125 different insects listed on the label in certain crops, greenhouses, turf, nurseries, and ornamentals. Acephate 97UP is great for Fire Ants, too!


Active Ingredient: Acephate - 97%
Target pests: Fire ants, aphids, grasshoppers, beetles, loopers, cutworms, thrips, whiteflies, borers, eraworms, armyworms, bollworm, tobacco budworm, stink bugs, and many more. Over 125 listed insects. See label for complete details.
For use in: Certain crops, greenhouses, turf, nurseries, and ornamentals. See label for complete details.
Pet safe: Yes, when used as directed.
Manufactured By: United Phosphorus Inc.



Acephate 97UP is water soluble and provides systemic control of insects through root uptake. Insects eat the foliage of the plants and die. Acephate 97UP also acts on contact, but is more effective when insects ingest the insecticide.

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  • 3 of 6 people found this review helpful:

    2 of 5 Stars  Acephate 97UP Insecticide
    By Nat in hOUSTON, TX on September 18, 2012

    a decrease of the seen roaches, but definily it has not solved the problem. In the past i have used other products that were more effective but that was years ago. I could not in good faith recommend this product. when its all used up i will continue my search to find a better solution to my roach problem.

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  • 3 of 4 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Great for fire ants
    By bw in Fayetteville, NC on May 21, 2013

    I mix 9 tablespoons with 4 lbs of white corn meal, 3 cups of sugar and 1 large package of a red jellow mix. stir and stir. let is sit for at least 24 yrs. keep it in a SEALED container. You only need about 1/2 tablespoon on a hill of fire ants. Don't wet it, don't disturb them. They next day the mixure will appear pink and the ants are history. If it is a HUGE mound put a little more and you might need to wait about 3 days to get them all. It works !!

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Efficient and on time
    August 17, 2013

    Very good service - quick shipping. Excellent. This is how all other retailers should work!!!

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    3 of 5 Stars  Kills grasshoppers
    By Dick in Camp Verde, AZ on October 9, 2014
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    The product did a great job of killing the grasshoppers in my yard and on shrubs. It did not seam to harm my dog, but it did make her sneeze and wheeze for about three days. I would have liked to spray it again, but I am afraid of killing the birds that have come to eat the from my juniper tree. Next year I will spry sooner, if the product keeps that long.

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August 11, 2013 Erhard from Burlington, Ontario, Canada asked:

QWhat are the mixing instructions for Acephate 97UP in a greenhouse?
I have a greenhouse full of orchids

AYou did not mention what type of insect you are trying to treat but per page 22 of product label you would use between 4 - 8 oz in 100 gallons of water.  Please refer to the label for complete instructions on the particular pest you are treating for.

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August 31, 2013 Tom from Hickory,nc asked:

QHow much spray will a 1 pound bag of Acephate 97UP Insecticide make?

AThe Acephate gets used at a variety of rates depending on the insect you are treating for. You will use up to 1 lb per acre and the water you dilute it with will be depending on how much you need to cover your area. The water in this case acts as a carrier, so whether it takes you 10 gallons or 50 gallons of water to cover an acre of area adequately, both are correct so long as you are using the correct amout of acephate over that acre.

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March 5, 2014 Andy from Great Falls, Mt asked:

QI've got an ash tree that has had Ash Leaf Curl from aphids. My research has shown the best fix to be Acephate
One article in particular said "Since the aphids are hidden inside the curled leaf, contact insecticides will not work well. If you decide to use an insecticide, a systemic insecticide that is absorbed by the plant will work the best. There are some systemic insecticides that can be applied as a soil drench in the root zone, but it takes several weeks for the chemical to course from the roots to the leaves, so results may take a while. Remember to read and follow label directions on all pesticides!" So is there an orthene acephate that could be used as a soil drench and when should I drench it? Thanks for your time.

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There is not an acephate based product that we carry that can be used as a soil drench.  The most popular products for soil drenches contain Imidacloprid such as the Dominion 2L and Adonis 2F.  We recommend contacting your local cooperative extension office to ask about insecticide timing for the pests in your region.

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April 30, 2014 Janet from Port Townsend, Wa asked:

QHow much Acephate 97UP in a two gallon sprayer for rhody weevils?
Suburban garden usage

AYou did not state specifically what plant you are trying to eliminate the weevils from, however in all areas of the Acephate 97UP Product Label, it states to use a rate of 12oz per acre for weevil eliminateion. This will come down to roughly 0.27 oz per 1000 sq/ft in no less than 2 gallons of water.

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May 28, 2015 Ed from Gahanna, Ohio asked:

QHow much should I use?
I have Leaf miner on my boxwood shrubs which are about 20 in Diameter. how much and how often should I treat the shrubs. Thanks

AAcephate 97UP Insecticide should be used when the leafminers appear. You will repeat every 14 days as needed. The label also states that the product should not be sprayed 3 times in a tree or shrubs growing season. You will use 0.25 lbs per 100 gallons of water.

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June 3, 2015 Jed from Kansas City, Mo asked:

QIs Acephate 97UP Insecticide effective for a wooly aphid infestation on apple trees?
A couple other related questions: - Is this applied by spraying the tree, or by drenching the roots? - I have a vegetable garden right by the apple trees. Could this harm pollinators? Thanks for any help.

A  Acephate 97UP Insecticide cannot treat wooly Adelgid. Bayer Advance Natria will treat Wooly Adelgid in apple trees.

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June 2, 2015 Kyle from Hobgood Nc asked:

QHow log can Acephate 97UP be applied before a heavy rain and still be effective?

A As long as Acephate 97UP Insecticide has had time to dry, which can take 2 hours or more, rain will not wash it away. 

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June 1, 2015 Jim from Libertyville, Il asked:

QCan you tell me what two grams of Acephate 97 equals in teaspoons?
for thrips control on orchids. Thanks!

A Acephate 97UP Insecticide 2 grams equals 1/2 teaspoon.

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April 5, 2015 Iris from Hayes, Va asked:

QAre pecans safe to eat when acephate has been used?
My tree has tent catapillars

A The Acephate is not specifically labeled as safe to use on Pecans for tent caterpillars, however other nut trees are on the label and it states you cannot harvest any of it for a year after Acephate 97 has been applied. You could use something like Fertilome Triple Action to spray your tree with for tent caterpillars and it can be used right up to day of harvest. 

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September 3, 2014 Dennis from Dillon, Co asked:

QI have white pine weevils in 20-6' Colorado blue spruce trees. Will this product control them?
The trees are at 9200' in Colorado. How much Acephate should I buy to apply next spring? How is it applied?

A Acephate 97UP is not labeled to control white pine weevils.  The standard approach to manage white pine weevil is to spray insecticides in spring. This treatment is directed at the overwintered adults to kill them before they lay eggs. Current insecticides useful for this treatment would include products that contain bifenthrin (Talstar), cyfluthrin (Tempo) or permethrin (Tengard). Rates of use should be to the high-end of what is labeled, such as for bark beetles or borers. Timing is very important but difficult to determine. Sprays should be applied shortly before adults begin to feed on the terminal and lay eggs. You can contact your local cooperative extension office and speak to the master gardener on staff who can help you determine the correct timing. Treatment of the top of the tree during midsummer, after adults have emerged from the wilted terminals, can kill weevils as they feed in this site, reducing overall numbers that may cause problems in the subsequent year. Also, as many weevils crawl to the trees in spring, treatment of the lower trunk at the same time spring terminal applications are made may also help kill some of the migrating overwintered insects.

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June 16, 2014 James from Georgia asked:

QWill Acephate kill horn worms on tomatoes
I need this answered immediately please....

A Acephate 97UP Insecticide is not labeled for Tomato plants. We recommend using Sevin Dust for hornworms on Tomato plants.

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April 20, 2014 Rich from Winlock, Washington asked:

QHow much Acephate 97UP per gal for Apple maggot control

A Acephate 97UP is not actually labeled to treat for apple maggot control so we are unable to provide dilution rates for this use.  Ferti-lome Liquid Carbaryl Garden Spray is a product we do carry that is labeled for this use though.

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January 17, 2014 Ken from Dallas, Tx asked:

QIs this product SAFE for me to use on my Onions, Peppers & Tomatoes in my garden (I eat the produce)?
Amber via chat said this is the only safe product to use BUT I didn't get a warm & fuzzy feeling reading th 27 page label.

A The information you were given by our staff was directly from the Acephate 97UP product label. Prior to purchasing and applying the product, we recommend that you contact the manufacturer, United Phosphorous, Inc. at 800.438.6071. They are an expert on their own product.

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January 14, 2014 Dennis from West Palm Beach, Fl asked:

QWhat dilution rate of Acephate 97UP should I use for palm borers? Is a foliar or drenching application best?

A Acephate 97UP is not specifically labeled for palm borers. We recommend that you contact the manufacturer (United Phosphorous) at 800.438.6071 for further information.

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September 19, 2013 Daniel from Del Rio, Texas asked:

QI have german roaches in my kitchen and need to know the mixing instructions for this product.

A Acephate 97 is not labeled for indoor roach control so we cannot recommend a usage rate. Instead, we recommend you choose a product that is specifically labeled for roach control: http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/roach-spray-c-2_71.html

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