PROTEK’S SCATTERKILL FOR INSECTS©

PROTEK’S SCATTERKILL FOR INSECTS©

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DAMAGING INSECTS IN GARDENS AND LAWNS

Caterpillars of certain moth species are the biggest plant damaging culprits in gardens. They come in a range of colours from drab grey to vivid greens and are usually thin and up to 40 mm long. Pests such as the Amarylla bollworm can wipe out treasured plants like Clivias very quickly. Lawns may also suffer damage and due to climate change, the occurrence of such pests seems to be on the increase. Ants, harvester termites, lawn crickets and other damaging insects also operate in gardens and lawns causing from mild damage to devastation.  

It is a gardener’s environmental responsibility to limit the environmental impact of pest management down to the absolute minimum. With the wide range of insecticides available in the market, it may be difficult to decide which product is going to be the most suitable to team with wildlife. Pesticides by their very nature, kill organisms, hence one should be very careful when selecting and applying an insecticide.

Protek’s Scatterkill for Insects is a very effective insecticide when applied judiciously and will cause minimal damage to the garden’s biodiversity. It contains cypermethrin which is a trusted pyrethroid with a very favourable human, mammal and bird toxicological profile. It is therefore a good choice to use Protek’s Scatterkill for Insects in a garden which is frequented by birds, where dogs and children play and where wildlife like skinks, lizards, frogs and toads occur. The advantage of the product is that it can be applied target selectively and then irrigated into the plants or soil to control damaging insects. The granular formulation is very easy to apply and takes the risk of mixing liquids in a spray can away.

 

TOXICOLOGY, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY POISONING RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH PROTEK SCATTERKILL FOR INSECTS

Cypermethrin is a pyrethroid insecticide and as a pure active ingredient of Scatterkill for Insects, it is moderately toxic to mammals with LD50 = 138 mg/kg for mice. The formulation only contains 3 g/kg plus a synergist, piperonyl butoxide at 15 g/kg, which enhances the efficacy of cypermethrin against insects. Piperonyl butoxide has no effect on warm blooded creatures.  A calculation shows that the real toxicity of Protek’s Scatterkill for Insects for mice is 43,000 mg/kg which means it is technically non-toxic to mammals. The toxicity to birds is even less for mammals, so there is no risk for garden birds when Protek’s Scatterkill for Insects is used according to label instructions. If mammals or birds eat insects that died of ingestion of Protek’s Scatterkill for Insects, the chance of secondary poisoning is nil because the toxicity is simply too low. The only risk area is for fish and amphibians which are always very sensitive to pyrethroids; this means that gardeners must not apply Protek’s Scatterkill for Insects close to water ponds.

Honey bees play a pivotal role in plant health and if Protek’s Scatterkill for Insects is applied as instructed by the label, it will not pose a risk to bees. The product must not be applied onto the flowers of flowering plants but rather into the plant whorls where damaging insects hide. Doing application this way takes the risk for bees away. Cypermethrin is not systemic and cannot be transferred from where it is applied onto the plant to the flowers, pollen and nectar to harm bees.

 

NOTE THAT DESPITE A FAVOURABLE ENVIRONMENTAL AND HUMAN TOXICOLOGICAL PROFILE OF SCATTERKILL FOR INSECTS THE USER MUST ALWAYS USE THE PRODUCTS WITH GREAT CIRCUMSPECT

OFFER PROTECTION TO THE LARGE HAWK MOTH CATERPILLARS AND BEES IN GARDENS AGAINST POISONING

Not every caterpillar (worm) that is found in the garden is a damaging organism. Hawk moths are rare but in good summers their very large and beautiful caterpillars decorate gardens. It is nothing less than a crime against the environment to kill them and rather than launching an attack against such species, one should take care of them and harbour them in the garden. If they eat a plant or two, so be it. A plant can replenish itself and the hawk moth caterpillars seldom, if ever, cause noticeable damage to plants. Protek’s Scatterkill for Insects should be used to control damaging species like lawn caterpillars that cause real damage and not to kill individual insects that only add to the biodiversity wealth of the urban garden. If bees are pollinating flowering plants, be very careful to not apply the product onto flowers. If frogs and fish are living in ponds, steer clear and apply the product where it will not reach the pond.

 

IMPORT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS TO ADHERE TO WHEN USING PROTEK’S SCATTERKILL FOR INSECTS

  • Never allow children or pets to be present while sprinkling the granules
  • Use rubber gloves while applying the granules and wash hands after application
  • Only apply 10 grams per square meter onto ornamental plants and lawns, but not onto flowers
  • Irrigate the treated area lightly to rinse the active ingredients into plant whorls and funnels, and soil if applied to lawn
  • Avoid blanket application; rather identify affected areas and do target specific of the granules to limit effects on beneficial organisms
  • Once the packaging is empty, shake all the bait out and recycle paper boxes and plastic shakers
  • Always keep the product stored behind lock and key out of the reach of children and pets

The Griffon Poison Information Centre endorses Protek’s Scatterkill for Insects as an effective lawn and garden insecticide with a low risk of primary and secondary poisoning to garden wildlife, pets and human beings if safety precautions are adhered to

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