Molecule of the Week

Pyriproxyfen

October 3, 2011

Pyriproxyfen, like last week’s molecule, spinosyn A, is an insecticide. It is marketed in the United States under the trade names Distance and Nylar. Commonly used to combat fire ants, it is applied to the ground in a bait. Worker ants carry it to the colony, where it kills all of the ants, including the queen.

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