Non-hazardous pest control

  • US 6,004,569 A
  • Filed: 06/06/1997
  • Issued: 12/21/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/21/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for interacting with the neurotransmitters of octopamine receptor sites in invertebrates and/or larvae thereof, to thereby kill and/or affect the feeding habits and growth of the invertebrates and/or larvae thereof without similarly affecting mammals, fish or fowl, the method comprising:

  • selecting an affector agent based on the ability of the affector agent to interact as an agonist or antagonist on the neurotransmitters of the octopamine receptor sites in the invertebrates and/or larvae thereof, the affector agent comprising a naturally occurring compound having a six member carbon ring structure, with the carbon ring being substituted by at least one oxygenated functional group and the structure of the affector agent is devoid of nitrogen;

    applying to the invertebrates, their larvae and/or their habitat, a pesticidal composition of a carrier with said affector agent,wherein the affector agent is present in the pesticidal composition in an effective amount to interact as an agonist or antagonist on the octopamine receptor sites to kill or affect the feeding and growth of the invertebrates and/or their larvae and is not harmful to mammals, fish or fowl.

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