Systemic Insect Control

The term Systemic Insect Control refers to processes that rely on the plant absorbing water-soluble liquid pesticides. This process is effective because the pesticide is distributed throughout the plant’s tissues. Since plants are largely made of water, water-soluble pesticides are easily absorbed into them. However, being water-soluble also means that the pesticide is also prone to being washed off of the plant by rain or irrigation, thus risking contamination of neighboring water sources and plants.

Pesticides can also be applied to the soil beneath a plant and transported to the rest of the plant via its roots. This process allows the pesticide to reach pests that are otherwise hard to kill.  Scales don’t move around much but can be protected by their wax coating and shells from insecticides sprayed on the leaves and stems. Yet these sucking insects do take in lots of plant sap during feeding so the pest can easily ingest a pesticide during those times. When systemic pesticides are applied to the soil, the risk of exposure to people, pets, or wildlife is reduced.

Learn more about systemic insect control by calling us at 541-688-5987. We’re happy to answer your questions and provide estimates.