Basic Pest Control Guide: Insect Control and Integrated Pest Management

From aphids to sawflies, there are dozens of pests that can wreak havoc on your plants, trees, and property. Take the fight to the insects with effective products and pest management strategies from the experts at A.M. Leonard. Read below to get started!

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Insects pose a threat to many areas of our industry. They affect greenhouse growers, landscapers, nurseries, lawn care professionals, and homeowners. Their impact can be devastating to your investments and can cost you valuable time, labor, and money. Our Pest Control Guide outlines some of the strategies and products available to help you combat this threat.

What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

You should always implement solid IPM fundamentals, which include the following:

  1. Scout in regular intervals
  2. Identify the pest
  3. Understand its life cycle
  4. Understand why it is present
  5. Determine what prevention can be taken in the future
  6. Develop a plan for treatment and eradication
  7. Always follow the manufacturer's label guidelines when applying chemicals
  8. Never apply chemicals without a reason to do so

Pest Control Products

To assist further, we developed a matrix of common pests, along with their treatments. Please note that the timing, pest, and method may vary from region to region. Please reference your local county extension service as it is a good resource for insect control information.

Legend

Method (Code)

Foliar Spray

(FS)

Broadcast

(B)

Drench

(D)

Dormant Spray

(DS)

Pest Brand* Active Ingredient Method
Aphids Upstar Gold Bifenthrin (FS)
Acephate 97UP O,S -Dimethyl Acetyphosphoramidothioate (FS)
Azatrol Azadirachtin (FS)
Imidacloprid 75WSP Imidacloprid (FS)
Horticultural Spray Oil Paraffinic Oil (DS)
Green Horticultural Spray oil Petroleum Oil (DS)
Malathion Cythion 50% (FS)
 
Spider Mites Upstar Gold Bifenthrin (FS)
Horticultural Spray Oil Petroleum Oil (DS)
Green Horticultural Spray Oil Paraffinic Oil (DS)
Azatrol Azadirachtin (FS)
Conserve Spinosyn/Spinosad (FS)
Malathion Cythion 50% (FS)
 
Japanese Beetles Acephate 97UP O,S-Dimethyl Acetylposphoramidothioate (FS)
Azatrol Azadirachtin (FS)
Upstar Gld Bifenthrin (FS)
Imidacloprid 75WSP Imidacloprid (FS)
Malathion Cythion 50% (FS)
 
Caterpillars Upstar Gold Bifenthrin (FS)
Conserve Spinosyn/Spinosad (FS)
Azatrol Azadirachtin (FS)
 
Fungus Gnats (larvae) Azatrol Azadirachtin (FS)
Imidacloprid 75WSP Imidacloprid (FS)
 
Fungus Gnats (adults) leafhoppers Upstar Gold Bifenthrin (FS)
Acephate 97UP O, S - Dimethyl Acetylphosphoramidothioate (FS)
Imidacloprid 75WSP Imidacloprid (FS)
Azatrol Azadiractin (FS)
 
Leafminers Conserve Spinosyn/Spinosad (FS)
Acephate 97UP O,S-Dimethyl Acetylphosphoramidothioate (FS)
Imidacloprid 75WSP Imidacloprid (FS)
Azatrol Azadiractin (FS)
Malathion Cythion 50% (FS)
 
Mealybugs Acephate 97UP O,S-Dimethyl Acetylphosphoramidothioate (FS)
Upstar Gold Bifenthrin (FS)
Azatrol Azadiractin (FS)
Imidacloprid 75WSP Imidacloprid (FS)
Horticultural Spray Oil Paraffinic Oil (DS)
Green Horticultural Spray Oil Petroleum oil (DS)
Malathion Cythion 50% (FS)
 
Scale (Hard/Soft) Horticulcural Spray Oil Paraffinic Oil (DS)
Green Horticultural Spray Oil Petroleum oil (DS)
Upstar Gold Bifenthrin (DS)
Acephate 97UP O,S-Dimethyl Acetylphosphoramidothioate (FS)
Malathion Cythion 50% (FS)
 
Shorefly Azatrol Azadiractin (FS)
Conserve Spinosyn/Spinosad (FS)
 
Whiteflies Acephate 97UP O,S-Dimethyl Acetylphosphoramidothioate (FS)
Upstar Gold Bifenthrin (FS)
Azatrol Azadiractin (FS)
Imidacloprid 75WSP Imidacloprid (FS)
Malathion Cythion 50% (FS)
 
Thrips Conserve Spinosyn/Spinosad (FS)
Azatrol Azadiractin (FS)
Imidacloprid 75WSP Imidacloprid (FS)
Upsatar Gold Bifenthrin (FS)
Acephate 97UP O,S-Dimethyl Acetylphosphoramidothioate (FS)
Horticultural Spray Oil Paraffinic Oil (DS)
Green Horticultural Spray Oil Petroleum Oil (DS)
Malathion Cythion 50% (FS)
 
Gypsy Moth Azatrol Azadiractin (FS)
Conserve Spinosyn/Spinosad (FS)
Acephate 97UP O,S-Dimethyl Acetylphosphoramidothioate (FS)
Upstar Gold Bifenthrin (FS)
 
Emerald Ash Borer (adult) Imidacloprid 75WSP Imidacloprid (D), injection (FS)
Conserve Spinosyn/Spinosad (FS)
 
Asian Longhorned Beetle Imidacloprid 75WSP Imidacloprid (D), injection (FS)
 
Bag Worm Azatrol Azadiractin (FS)
Conserve Spinosyn/Spinosad (FS)
Acephate 97UP O,S-Dimethyl Acetylphosphoramidothioate (FS)
 
Lacebugs Imidacloprid 75WSP Imidacloprid (FS)
Azatrol Azadiractin (FS)
Acephate O,S-Dimethyl Acetylphosphoramidothioate (FS)
Malathion Cythion 50% (FS)
 
Blackvine Weevil (adult) Upstar Gold Bifenthrin (FS)
Azatrol Azadiractin (FS)
Acephate 97UP O,S-Dimethyl Acetylphosphoramidothioate (FS)
 
Flea Beetle Azatrol Azadiractin (FS)
Acephate 97UP O,S-Dimethyl Acetylphosphoramidothioate (FS)
 
Sawfly Conserve Spinosyn/Spinosad (FS)
Horticultural Spray Oil Paraffinic Oil (FS)
Green Horticultural Spray Oil Petroleum Oil (DS)
Acephate 97UP O,S-Dimethyl Acetylphosphoramidothioate (DS)
Imidacloprid 75WSP Imidacloprid (FS)
 
Fire Ants Acephate 97UP O,S-Dimethyl Acetylphosphoramidothioate (D)
Upstar Gold Bifenthrin (D),(FS)

 

Chemical Treatments (please read and follow
the manufacturer labels below):