The KPRC Radio Gardenline Tip By Randy Lemmon For 10-07-04 Printer-Friendly Version
Gardenline Spelling Bee
Today's tips is mainly a spelling guide for many of those hard to pronounce "active ingredients" you here me rattle off each weekend. This past weekend, more than one person brought up the point - "What's the name of the product that has…" And the more I thought about it, the more I realized how much has changed in the past 8 years with the way the approved ingredients change and how the companies market those names.
Five years ago, almost everyone from Nitro Phos to Green Light to Bonide to Ortho had a DURSBAN labeled product. And it would say DURSBAN very prominently on the label. The same thing holds true for DIAZINON-based products too. Unfortunately, both of those product lines have been taken off the market.
Nowadays, most of the products with active ingredients, approved for our gardening purposes, are 2nd, 3rd & 4th generation versions of PERMETHRIN. And most of the aforementioned companies don't list the active ingredient as prominently on the label. Instead, they've all come up with clever little names of products, (Stryker/Conquest/Eliminate/Bug-B-Gone etc.) and these names constantly change as the active ingredient changes. Which is why I've felt it's more important that you look for a product with a certain "active ingredient." And it also should show why it's so hard for me to keep up with "What's the name of the product with…." Because by today's marketing standards, you certainly won't find a bottle with the words BIFENTHRIN listed as the main name of a bottle of insecticide. (Malathion may be one of the last exceptions to this rule)
So, my habit is to give you the name of the active ingredient. My hope has been to help educate you just enough that, you become proficient at reading labels of just about anything. Remember, that the "active ingredient" is listed in the very small print on the front of each and every bottle (some are the back) and it may surprise many of you as you get better at reading these labels, that the "ACTIVE" ingredient is more times than not, less than 10 percent of what is actually in the bottle. But that's a tip sheet for a different day.
Insecticide Active Ingredients: Pronunciation Guide:
PYRETHRUM (Organically derived) PIE-Ree-Thrum
PERMETHRIN PER- meth-rin
ROTENONE (Organically derived) ROW-Tuh-KNOWN
D-LIMONINE (Citrus Oil) D - LIME-OH-neen.
BIFENTRHIN (a.k.a. Talstar) BYE-Fin-thrin
HALOFENOZIDE (for grub control) HAY-Low-fin-oh-side
MALATHION MAL -uh-Thigh-on
ACEPHATE (a.k.a. Orthene) ASS-uh-Fate
Fungicide Active Ingredients:
PENTACHLORANITROBENZINE (PCNB) P.C.N.B. (tee, hee)
(Daconil - a.k.a. Chlorothalonil)
Until next issue, here's to
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