Zoëcon® was founded by Dr. Carl Djerassi in 1968, when his team was able to commercially produce a new class of chemistry, insect growth regulators (IGRs). This revolutionized insect control by introducing a method that interferes with the development and reproduction of insects. Beginning with (S)-methoprene, and the later discovery of (S)-hydroprene and (S)-kinoprene, these compounds became the building blocks of the comprehensive Zoëcon® portfolio of insect control solutions.
Developed as a companion product to (S)-methoprene, (S)-hydroprene passed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration requirements in 1983. Classified as an IGR, (S)-hydroprene breaks the insect’s life cycle by interrupting normal insect developmental pathways.
Today, (S)-hydroprene is the active ingredient featured in the Gentrol® product line. The different Zoëcon® formulations of Gentrol® products accommodate an array of pest control applications, such as keeping pests out of the kitchen, to ensure you can get the job done and eliminate callbacks.
Arm yourself with the knowledge you need about the IGR (S)-hydroprene and the integrated pest management (IPM) protocol for kitchen pest control to ensure you can — once and for all — interrupt the development of infestations.
See How (S)-hydroprene Works
Gentrol® products contain the IGR (S)-hydroprene, which is a synthetic copy of a naturally occurring insect biochemical. (S)-hydroprene translocates to reach traditionally difficult-to-treat areas that are often missed, moving deep into wall cavities, cracks and crevices. This feature allows this flexible molecule to be effective through contact and ingestion, and act as an IGR for cockroaches and other labeled pests.
IGRs prevent insects from completing their normal development to the adult stage. For insects with gradual metamorphosis, such as cockroaches and bed bugs, the impact is on the last nymphal instar, causing adults to have twisted wings (cockroaches), darkened cuticles and non-functional reproductive organs. Gentrol® products also enhance baiting programs, causing cockroaches to seek out food, further enhancing control.
Your PMP Guide to Kitchen Pest Control
After having an infestation, your customers are alarmed. Their worst nightmare is that the bugs will return, which can have a major effect on their business and yours. Using an IPM program as part of your treatment protocol will serve as an insurance policy against future re-infestations. The Zoëcon® team has put together a guide to help you and your clients feel more secure with sustainable insect control.
Use Zoëcon®’s protocol guide, when treating a bar or kitchen to boost control power and reduce callbacks. From where to look, products to use and proper applications — it’s all there. Some highlights include:
1. Where to Look:
- For ants, examine edges of counters, seams, baseboards and other elements of construction.
- For cockroaches, look in cracks and crevices that are close to water and food sources.
- Small flies breed in drains, rotten vegetable matter and disposal lines. Note that they can emerge from sewer areas through drain traps and improperly sealed toilets.
- Check for stored product pests in packaged and spilled food items, wool and organic debris.
2. Focus on Food
Pests can invade foodstuffs and use them as breeding grounds. Remove infested items and treat surrounding cracks, crevices and surfaces to control migrating immature stages and prevent adult emergence of hidden larvae.
3. Future Prevention
Regularly treat fruit and drain fly breeding sites such as drains and disposal lines. Prevent insects from entering into the home by refilling drain traps and properly sealing plumbing fixtures.
Containing Featuring the IGR (S)-hydroprene, Gentrol® Aerosol features a dissipating foam action to target insects in hard-to-reach areas. This aerosol’s active ingredient translocates to prevent pest larvae and nymphs from maturing. Gentrol® Aerosol from Zoëcon® is approved for kitchen pest control treatments.
Gentrol® Complete Aerosol combines an IGR and an insecticide to break the life cycles of German cockroaches, fruit flies and drain flies. This product saves on labor costs by providing knockdown and kill, with residual control to prevent future infestations.
Featuring a translocating active ingredient to reach hard-to-treat areas, Gentrol® IGR Concentrate is an ideal fruit and drain fly, cockroach and bed bug control solution.
The Gentrol® IGR, (S)-hydroprene, effectively breaks the insects’ life cycles and offers 120 days of control. Gentrol® IGR Concentrate provides professionals the flexibility required for uniform applications across multiple sites.
Gentrol Point Source® Roach Control Device offers 90 days of control specifically against cockroaches in a unique, non-spray format. Upon activation of the device, the active ingredient in Gentrol Point Source® products, (S)-hydroprene, translocates to a localized area. It affects targeted insects without requiring direct contact with the device. This makes the device a great option for food handling establishments, as it controls hard-to-reach areas including under counters, behind appliances, electrical boxes, lockers, vending machines and other areas where spraying insecticide isn’t practical or convenient. One device treats up to 75 square feet.
This page was produced by North Coast Media’s content marketing staff in collaboration with Zoëcon. NCM Content Marketing connects marketers to audiences and delivers industry trends, business tips and product information. The Pest Management Professional editorial staff did not create this content.
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