Imidacloprid Effect on Mites

In one stream which I do not remember right now, Ryan mentions the awful effect that Imidacloprid has had on plants, making them more tasty to mites by means of genetically altering the plant’s cell wall thickness. The article also states that elm leaves sprayed with Imidacloprid had 40% more offspring than those which fed on non-sprayed leaves. If anyone missed this interesting segway of the stream or couldn’t find the article he was referring to, well here it is:

Please share your thoughts on this issue and how it pertains to your practices. I’m eager to hear what people have to say, especially anyone with a horticulture or science background.


This is a fascinating consequence.

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From what I understand, Imadacloprid kills beneficial insects as well. So, if nothing is coming after them, it’s easier for them to mess up plants. Add that to genetic/cellular changes and mites can really mess stuff up. I myself have no problem using imadacloprid when needed. It’s systemic which allows for control of lots of critters that feed on plants and trees.

I think we should be very careful with using cemicals!
70% of insects we’re killed over the last decades!
Bees have real problems to survive on earth because we use so much cemicals!
Our customers with gardens that are a bit naturelike dont have that much problems with “bad” Insects because the hunterinsects like to live there!
You should allways question yourself if there is an others way than chemicals!
Your trees,your garden and your CHILDREN dont want you to use chemicals!