There are days when it’s particularly nice and sunny outside, and you probably feel energized enough to leave the bubble of your shelter and walk around a little bit. Unfortunately, insects also feel the same way about that kind of weather despite their obviously unwelcome presence.

This is why they’ve left their own homes to roam around yours. And your house already has everything they need anyway: warmth, comfort, shade, food, and water.

So whether you’ve been bugged by ants marching across your kitchen counter, roaches crawling by the dark corners, or fruit flies hovering near your sink, abamectin insecticide might just be the solution for you.


What is abamectin?

A solution of avermectins (80% avermectin B1a & 20% avermectin B1b), abamectin is a common insecticide. Also an acaricide and a nematicide, farmers use it to control insects like leafminers, whiteflies, cockroaches, mites, and fire ants.

It was originally introduced as a crop insecticide in 1985. Today, it is the only avermectin (discovered in 1967) used in agriculture and pharmaceuticals.


How abamectin works

When the chemical makes its way into the insect’s nervous system, it disrupts its neuromuscular transmissions, paralyzes the insect, and eventually kills it.

Since abamectin is a slow poison (a delayed-action insecticide), it gives the insect in question time to consume the insecticide and unknowingly take it back to its colony, thus erasing the rest of them spreading the poison through contact with the other insects.


Where is abamectin used?

Abamectin is largely favored in agriculture to control insects and mites. It’s also used in residential areas to kill insects like ants, roaches, spiders, and even solve rodent issues.

Other insects that can be controlled by abamectin include termites, bed bugs, mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, wasps, and many other stinging insects.

Controlling fire ants is one of the major uses of abamectin, and a very small portion of avermectin is also fed orally to horses to deworm them. In rare cases, abamectin medicines are recommended to cat owners to keep their fur free from fleas.

Around the spring and summer months, abamectin is very useful when pest activity is on a high level. Additional exterminator chemicals used would include alcohol therapies and anti-inflammatory agents, but those are still being studied for confirmation.


Man using abermectin for pest control


Benefits of abamectin

What is the abamectin insecticide mode of action?

  • Efficient: works on a variety of pests
  • A systematic insecticide: can be added in a small amount to other insecticides and increase their competence
  • It brings less pollution to the environment
  • Not only an insecticide but also an anthelmintic
  • Safer for the plants
  • Safer for other animals around the area


Disadvantages of abamectin

  • It takes a bit more time (2-4 days) than other insecticides to kill pests
  • Expensive in comparison to other insecticides
  • Far more dangerous for dogs than any other mammals
  • Degrades when exposed to light
  • Accidental consumption in significantly large amounts can prove to be fatal for humans as well
  • Highly toxic to bees, not only with consumption but also direct contact


Is abamectin safe?

Now, you may be wondering, “Is abamectin a systemic insecticide?” So, is abamectin insecticide dangerous? While abamectin can be highly toxic, it’s been made safe to use by reducing its toxicity after adding other formulas to it. Except, it’s more toxic for some beings than others. For example, Abamectin is mostly safe for birds, but can severely harm bees.

After being applied on the crops for a few hours, though, abamectin slowly either degrades from the leaves or gets absorbed and eventually goes back to being safe for bees. It also happens to be environmentally friendly to systems of water.

Thoroughly following the guidelines on the label, keeping a mask on when spraying it, and thoroughly washing your hands after the process is always the safest way to go.

Although intoxication from abamectin is not exactly a common occurrence, its lethal dose is said to be 10 mg/kg. Vomiting, seizures, and tremors are some of the side effects that have been recorded.


How to properly use abamectin as an insecticide?

Taking all of the safety and effectiveness measures into consideration, you need to wear proper protective equipment. You also need to determine what kind of spray would be best for your situation. Always keep your pets and children away from the treated space until the insecticide has dried fully.

  • In the case of mites, apply abamectin when they initially appear and keep repeating the process to maintain control.
  • For whiteflies, consider the same process as mites.
  • Try a different mode of action for 2-3 weeks before returning to abamectin for continued and more effective control.

This way, the insects don’t grow resistant to the active ingredient after repeated use. When spraying a tree, make sure you go for stems about 10 feet from the ground.

In case you accidentally inhale the insecticide or get it on your skin, you might experience teary eyes, coughing, and a little difficulty in breathing.

Although abamectin is far less toxic than other insecticides and the risk of insecticide poisoning is extremely low, it would be best to pay attention to your heath. Wash the chemical off and observe to ensure the solution isn’t causing any damage to your body.

The application of the product needs to be done according to labeled directions in the areas you are trying to get rid of pest infestations.



Now that we’ve looked into the workings, usage, pros, and cons of abamectin, you probably have enough information about the insecticide to decide whether or not it’s the best solution for your pest issue.

If you have pets living in your house, or other animals living around the area, abamectin might not be the best option for you because it has proved to cause complications in animals upon consumption—cats, dogs, cattle.

Although it’s human nature to want to solve every problem around your living space all by yourself, the safest way to get rid of pests is to reach out to professionals. Contact Buggy Guy Services today for a free quote!