EcoTrol - FAQs
Q. What is EcoTrol used for?
A. EcoTrol is an insect treatment that we apply to vegetable gardens and fruit trees to control aphids, spider mites, ash sawfly, and many more insects. We use EcoTrol instead of Merit or Orthene on fruit trees because synthetic products contaminate the fruit.
Q. When can I eat the fruit?
A. The label says that the fruit can be consumed any time after the application has dried. We always recommend that you wash your food thoroughly before consumption.
Q. What type of insects does EcoTrol control?
A. The label has the complete list of the insects that EcoTrol controls, but a few major insects include: aphids, beetles, caterpillars, army worms, bagworms, cutworms, webworms, gnats, lacewings, leafhoppers, leafminers, mealybugs, spider mites, weevils, whiteflies, psyllids, soft scales, and rose chafers.
Q. How is EcoTrol applied?
A. It is applied as a foliar spray.
Q. How long does EcoTrol last?
A. EcoTrol is a fast acting product that will kill the insects within 2-5 days and can have residual effects up to 3 weeks; however we do not guarantee residual control.
Q. By using EcoTrol will this prevent insects from infecting the tree again?
A. Doubtful; EcoTrol is fast acting and it should be used when you have an infestation on a fruit tree that requires immediate control; however it can have residual control up to 3 weeks, but we do not guarantee residual control.
Q. How toxic is EcoTrol?
A. We cannot legally answer this question, but we have provided a copy of the label and MSDS on the website so you can research the information and make an educated assessment about the product. EcoTrol is an OMRI approved insecticide, meaning it is 100% organic.
Q. When should we have the EcoTrol treatment applied?
A. EcoTrol should be applied any time there is insect pressure on a fruit tree or vegetable garden that you want to protect.
Q. I had the treatment done and I still see the sticky substance on the leaves does this mean that the treatment didn’t work?
A. The sticky substance is the honeydew from the aphids and is not a telltale sign that you still have aphids. You should go out and look at the underneath side of the leaves and if you do not see any aphids moving then the treatment has worked. You can get rid of the sticky substance by washing the leaves with water or just leave it because it will not do any more damage to the tree.
Q. How can I tell if I have spider mites or aphids on my tree?
A. We have a chart and links on the website for each type of insect but the most common are spider mites and aphids
- Spider Mites – Bronzing of foliage, leaf drop, tiny insects crawling on the trees.http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05507.html
- Aphids – Honeydew on leaves (sticky shiny substance), puckered distorted leaves, Aphids on the underneath sides of the leaves.http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05511.pdf
- Curl Aphid – Leaves curl and look very contorted, aphids inside the contorted leaves.http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05511.pdf
Q. Is there anything I should do for the tree after the application is performed?
A. You do not have to do anything; however, you can water the tree to help reduce the stress of the insect pressure. The aphids and mites uptake moisture from the tree so watering the tree is always beneficial.
Q. How long do I have to stay off the lawn after the application is performed?
A. You may reenter the area after the treatment has dried. If you want to be extra cautious you should stay off the lawn for 24 hours.
Q. What trees are most susceptible to insect pressure?
A. Many trees have many different problems. We have a chart, located in the Merit section of the website, which explains what species of trees are affected by what type of insects.
Q. Does EcoTrol work on all insects.
A. No; EcoTrol does not work on many borers, certain scales, coddling moth, and many other damaging insects.
Q. Why don’t you apply EcoTrol to non fruit bearing trees?
A. We prefer to use either Merit or Orthene for non-fruit bearing trees. Even though Merit and Orthene are not organic products, we feel that the application method of injecting into the ground is less damaging to beneficial insects than aerial applications.