When insects and mites start invading your garden, this can have a detrimental impact on your plants and can impinge on their growth, damage their leaves, and affect their overall ability to thrive.
Why are Sucking Insects Such a Problem?
The insects and mites that feed on garden plants can do a lot of damage quickly, especially in large numbers. Most insect pests that attack plants in your garden have sucking or piercing-sucking mouthparts, which include: aphids, leafhoppers, mealybugs, soft scales, and whiteflies. Sucking insects feed on a wide range of plants, including annuals, perennials, herbs, and vegetables. Sucking insects insert their mouthparts into the tissues of plants, primarily the food-conducting tissues causing damage to the plant. The direct damage caused by sucking insects includes plant stunting, plant wilting, leaf distortion, and leaf yellowing.
What are Systemic Insecticides?
If you’ve gardened for a while, chances are that you’ve heard the term systemic insecticide. When applied to pesticides, the term systemic means that the chemical is soluble enough in water that it can be absorbed by a plant and moved around in its tissues. Not all insecticides are suitable for this purpose and it is important you look for a product that is fir for this purpose.
Systemic insecticides are absorbed by the plant and enter the plant tissue that sucking insects feed off. The insecticide is ingested by the insect and dies. The systemic insecticide does not harm the plants. Many systemic insecticides use the active ingredient imidacloprid, which is very effective in eradicating sucking insects and mites.
How to treat sucking insects and boost plant growth
An excellent product to beat sucking insects and boost plant growth is a combined systemic insecticide and a fertilizer product. This powerful, dual-action, easy-to-use systemic insecticide encompasses a growth enhancer and insect repellent in one handy tablet.
Initiator® tablets provide enhanced growth and long-lasting protection against the damage caused by various insects that attack potted, newly planted, and established plants. The tablets are designed to be placed in the soil adjacent to plants or in the planting hole during the transplanting of seedlings so that the growing plant can take up the fertilizer and the systemic insecticide, imidacloprid.
Initiator® tablets also provide a highly targeted method to reduce insect damage in trees and other plants, a process that requires very little water during application. This is a super easy-to-use dual-purpose fertilizer and herbicide, with just one tablet and no mixing, measuring, or dilution required.
Initiator® has a significant impact on the growth rate and survival of seedlings and plants. This high-quality insecticide provides lasting protection of seedlings and larger plants against significant damage caused by various insect pests. The fertilizer included in the tablet is delivered directly into the root zone, the area of optimal uptake by the plant. No spray application is required with no impact on beneficial predatory insects. It is also an incredibly safe insecticide and fertilizer tablet.
The fertilizer mix delivered through the tablet includes slow-release forms of Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium, and Magnesium. It targets insects like African black beetle, Chrysomelid leaf beetle, Psyllid, Gum tree scale, Heteronyx spring beetle, Aphid, Mealybug, Scale, and Azalea lace bug as per the directions of use.
The product is safe to use and is a high-quality dual-purpose herbicide and pesticide tablet frequently utilised in production and retail nurseries, plantations, home gardens, and residential complexes, golf courses, parks and playgrounds, business, office, and shopping complexes, landscaped areas, and tree shelterbelts.
Initiator® tablets can be used on a variety of different kinds of plants, including; Azaleas, Eucalypts, Roses, Potted Palms, Magnolias, and Lilypillies.
Like with any chemical, always refer to the directions of use prior to application.