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Insect Growth Regulator (IGR)
What is an IGR?
How Insect Growth Regulators Work
IGRs are made based on the way insects develop or behave. They target or mimic hormones that control the phases of molting, or the changes from larval to adult forms. There are different types of IGRs; they will target different aspects of the insect’s growth processes, all with the goal to prevent reproductive adults.
What kind of pests can be controlled with an IGR?
Using Insect Growth Regulators
Since IGRs are more selective, it can take a while for you to experience noticeable results with insect population control. Mixing an IGR with an insecticide can give you immediate results with long-lasting control. IGRs are often recommended and used in flea control, where they can be used around the home or in pet treatments and preventatives, since the products are considered safe to use around humans and animals.
While IGRs are essential in flea control, IGRs like Archer and Gentrol can control fruit or drain flies, bed bugs, cockroaches, crickets, ticks, and some flying insect pests.
When is the best time to use an IGR?
The ideal time to treat your home with an IGR to prevent bothersome infestations is right now, before reproduction becomes a problem.
How long do IGR's last after I apply them?
IGR’s can come in a concentrated, spray, bait, and aerosol form for versatile application. IGR concentrates like Precor and Gentrol are meant to be mixed with water and can then be used as crack and crevice, spot, or fogging applications. (When treating for fleas, concentrates applied to carpets, upholstered furniture, and pet sleeping areas, may prevent adult flea emergence for up to 7 months.)
An IGR Aerosol reaches fleas and other pests or larvae hidden in carpets, rugs, drapes, upholstery, pet bedding and floor cracks. Whatever form you are using, always read the product label carefully for ideal application.
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