Agonist of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, affecting the synapses in the insect central nervous system. Insecticide with contact, stomach and systemic activity. Rapidly taken up into the plant and transported acropetally in the xylem.
For control of aphids, whitefly, thrips, ricehoppers, ricebugs, mealybugs, white grubs, Colorado potato beetle, flea beetles, wireworms, ground beetles, leaf miners and some lepidopterous species, at application rates from 10 to 200 g/ha (R. Senn et al., loc. cit.). Major crops for foliar and soil treatments are cole crops, leafy and fruity vegetables, potatoes, rice, cotton, deciduous fruit, citrus, tobacco and soya beans; for seed treatment use, maize, sorghum, cereals, sugar beet, oilseed rape, cotton, peas, beans, sunflowers, rice and potatoes. Also for control of flies in animal and public health, such as Musca domestica, Fannia canicularis, and Drosophila spp.