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September 15, 2017

What is Spectre 2 SC and What Does It Do

What is Spectre 2 SC

Spectre 2 SC contains the active ingredient chlorfenapyr.

How does Spectre 2 SC Work?

Chlorfenapyr, the active ingredient in Spectre 2 SC, is a pro-insecticide. This means it becomes active once entering the target pest. Once activated, it disrupts the formation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) by mitochondria inside the insect’s cells. ATP is the basic energy source for biological processes and when the pests cannot produce it anymore, cells and then the organism die.

Did You Know?

A “Pro Insecticide.” Which means that it needs to get inside the insect’s body to be metabolized into its active form. (this is one reason it is slower-acting. The other reason is the way it works: the MOA).

A different Mode of Action (MOA). It is a metabolic inhibitor, NOT a nerve agent. This is good when you need to rotate Modes of Action for insects that develop insecticide resistance easily or quickly. IT impairs the insect’s ability to store energy so the insect ends up using up their stored reserves and then “runs out of gas.”

It is slower-acting than traditional nerve-acting insecticides, but it does have the ability to transfer in the case of social insects like termites and ants.

Can be used as a foam by first mixing up the desired finished dilution THEN adding the appropriate amount of Non-repellent foaming agent (there are a few on the market). You can make a heavier wet foam (like a heavy shaving cream) or a lighter, drier foam (like stiff peak egg whites for meringue).

How do I apply Spectre 2 SC?

Spectre 2 SC is meant for use indoors with limited application sites outdoors. Apply as a spot or crack/crevice treatment where pests are found or can infest (i.e, nesting sites, hiding places, runways or breeding areas). To control pests such as cockroaches, use Spectre 2 SC on surfaces beneath cabinets, spaces between equipment or expansion joints, surfaces behind sinks, lockers, water pipes, cabinets, or other pest hiding areas. Where possible, apply Spectre 2 SC directly to ant nests or nesting sites, ant trails or ant-infested wood or structural voids. Bed bug treatments may be made to the edges, tufts and seams of mattresses only. Be sure to allow the application to dry completely before re-entry.

Where possible, apply Spectre 2 SC directly to ant nests or nesting sites, ant trails or ant-infested wood or structural voids.

Outdoors, Spectre 2 SC may be applied only in limited applications. These applications may only be made to spot and crack/crevice treatments where pests enter the structure such as around doors, windows, eaves, attic vents, and holes in exterior walls where utilities enter. Apply a maximum of 1.2 fl oz of dilution per 2 square feet.

Foam applications may also be made for hard to reach areas or for difficult to control pests.

Use a straw tip or pin tip nozzle for crack and crevice applications.

How Much Spectre 2 SC Should I Put in my Tank?

For heavy infestations of ants and other labeled pests, use 3 oz of Spectre 2 SC concentrate per gallon of water, as a coarse, low-pressure spray. This will provide a 0.5% dilution of Spectre 2 SC. For light infestation of ants or other labeled pests, use 1.5 oz of Spectre 2 SC concentrate per gallon of water. This will provide a 0.25% dilution in the spray tank.

Do not apply Spectre 2 SC at a concentration higher than 0.5%.

Why is Spectre 2 SC Such a Great Product?

Spectre 2 SC is a non-repellent, slow acting pesticide that is highly effective against trailing ants and bed bugs. Applications made to control these pests are highly effective. The food handling label allows treatment for tough to manage cockroach infestations with long term residual control.


Tag(s): CSI-Pest , Spectre 2

Janis Reed, Ph.D., BCE

Director Product Development & Regulatory

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