Enstar AQ Insect Growth Regulator

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Enstar AQ Insect Growth Regulator
Enstar AQ Insect Growth Regulator

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Enstar AQ Insect Growth Regulator is the ideal solution in stopping the infestation of insect pests on your ornamental plants before they occur. It contains an active ingredient that inhibits the development of insect pests before they mature and damage your plants. It is a powerful product that once applied to the affected area, an adult insect will lay sterile eggs. The Enstar AQ is a highly effective Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) that features a water-based formula for easier application. It is proven to have long residual preventive and curative control on insects such as mealybugs, whiteflies, leaf miners, aphids, fungus gnats, soft-bodied and armored scales, thrips, and glassy-winged sharpshooters. Tested to have little to no signs of phytotoxicity on a wide variety of plant species but it is highly suggested to test on a small area first before treating the whole crop. This product is perfect for use indoors on ornamental plants in lath houses, greenhouses, interiorscapes, and shadehouses. Convenient to use by simply mixing the right amount of Enstar AQ and water in a conventional sprayer then apply on top and bottom surfaces of leaves. It may be used alone or with other insecticides including Mavrik Aquaflow. For better results, make sure to cover the entire foliage.

Features and Specs

Active Ingredient S-Kinoprene - 18.4%
Target pests Whiteflies, thrips, aphids, soft-bodied and armored scales, mealybugs, leaf miners, glassy-winged sharpshooters, and fungus gnats.
For use in Indoor Use Only. For ornamental plants in greenhouses, shadehouses, lath houses, and interiorscapes.
Application Prepare a suspension in a mix tank. Fill tank with 1/2 to 3/4 the desired amount of water. Start mechanical or hydraulic agitation. Add the required amount of Enstar AQ and then the remaining volume of water.
Pet safe Yes, if used as directed on the label.
Formulation Water-based Formula.
Special Features It is tested on a variety of bracking poinsettia and other plant species with low or no signs of phytotoxicity.
Shipping Weight 2.41 lbs
Manufacturer Central Life Sciences
UPC 041535024161
EPA Registration 2724-793


DIRECTIONS FOR USE: It is a violation of Federal Law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.

Do not apply this product in a way that will contact workers or other persons, either directly or through drift. Only protected handlers may be in the area during application. For any requirements specific to your State or Tribe, consult the agency responsible for pesticide regulation.


  1. Partially fill spray tank with water, then add labeled amount of ENSTAR AQ Insect Growth Regulator (ENSTAR AQ), agitate, and complete filling.
  2. Use diluted spray solution within 24 hours; always agitate before using.


For Whiteflies, Thrips, Aphids, Soft-bodied and Armored Scales, Leafminers, and Glassy-Winged Sharpshooters:

Preventative Program: Before insect populations reach damaging levels, mix ENSTAR AQ at the rate of 16 fl oz per 100 gallons of water and apply to runoff every 2 weeks.

Curative Program: For an existing population of adult insects, make 2 applications 7 days apart of ENSTAR AQ to runoff at a rate of 32 fl oz per 100 gallons of water per 20,000 square feet. Two weeks later, begin the Preventative Program by using 16 fl oz ENSTAR AQ per 100 gallons of water to spray 20,000 square feet.

FOR FUNGUS GNAT AND LEAFMINER CONTROL: For the control of larvae and adult fungus gnats/leafminers in moderate infestations, apply ENSTAR AQ at 16 fl oz per 100 gallons of water per 20,000 sq ft or 24 ml (5 tsp) in 5 gallons per 1,000 sq ft, increase rate to 32 fl oz per 20,000 sq ft or 48 ml (3.5 tablespoons) per 5 gallons water per 1,000 sq ft for heavy infestations. Complete coverage of soil is essential for fungus gnat/leafminer control. Water as a drench after spraying to ensure ENSTAR AQ contact with larvae and eggs. Apply ENSTAR AQ for fungus gnat/leafminer control before or after emergence of seedlings or on established production. Make 2 applications 7 to 10 days apart. Monitor fungus gnat/leafminer population and make additional applications if necessary.

FOR ROOT (GROUND) MEALYBUG: When infestations of root mealybugs are observed, drench the entire pot containing the infested plant by submersion in a solution of ENSTAR AQ at a rate of 3.5 tablespoons (48 ml) per 5 gallons of water. Continue submersion until no more air bubbles are seen escaping from the fluid surface. This ensures that the root system is saturated and the container is thoroughly treated. Repeat as necessary.

SQUARE FOOTAGE: When using 16 fl oz of ENSTAR AQ for Preventative Program or 32 fl oz for a Curative Program, refer to table below for square footage calculations:

  • Square Feet
    • 100 gal - 20,000
    • 50 gal - 10,000
    • 25 gal - 5,000
    • 12.5 gal - 2,500
    • 5 gal - 1,000
  • Preventive
    • 100 gal - 16 fl oz or 473 ml
    • 50 gal - 8 fl oz or 236.5 ml
    • 25 gal - 4 fl oz or 118.3 ml
    • 12.5 gal - 2 fl oz or 59.1 ml
    • 5 gal - 5 tsp or 24 ml
  • Curative
    • 100 gal - 32 fl oz or 946 ml
    • 50 gal - 16 fl oz or 473 ml
    • 25 gal - 8 fl oz or 236.5 ml
    • 12.5 gal - 4 fl oz or 118.3 ml
    • 5 gal - 3.5 tsp or 48 ml

*When using Electrostatic Spraying System (ESS) or pulsFOG equipment, apply the labeled amount of ENSTAR AQ over the square footage with the manufacturer’s requirement of water. Follow manufacturer‘s calibration procedures.

METHODS OF APPLICATION: Complete coverage of foliage is essential for control of whiteflies, thrips, aphids, mealybugs, fungus gnats, leafminers, glassy-winged sharpshooters, and scales. For conventional spray equipment, mix the labeled amount of ENSTAR AQ and water and spray both top and bottom surfaces of leaves until runoff. For other applications, follow the equipment manufacturer’s specifications.

ENSTAR AQ is compatible with other commonly used insecticides and miticides, such as MAVRIK AQUAFLOW. Before mixing in spray tank; however, it is advisable to test physical compatibility by mixing all components in a small container in proportionate quantities. Read and follow all precautionary statements, mixing instructions, and label directions on tank mix products.

EFFECTS ON PLANTS: ENSTAR AQ has been tested on many varieties of bracking poinsettia and other plant species without signs of phytotoxicity. However, growing conditions and cultural practices vary and it is advisable to test on a small sample prior to treating an entire crop to observe for potential crop injury


Apply this product only through sprinkler irrigation systems including drip, microjet, and overhead irrigation. Do not apply this product through any other type of irrigation system. NOTE: DO NOT USE IRRIGATION SYSTEMS THAT DO NOT PENETRATE TO PESTS ON THE UNDERSIDE OF LEAVES AS ERRATIC RESULTS CAN OCCUR. DO NOT USE CHEMIGATION WHEN TREATING FOR ROOT MEALYBUGS.

SPRAY PREPARATION: Remove scale, pesticide residues, and other foreign matter from the chemical tank and entire injector system. Flush with clean water.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: First prepare a suspension of ENSTAR AQ in a mix tank. Fill tank with 1/2 to 3/4 the desired amount of water. Start mechanical or hydraulic agitation. Add the required amount of ENSTAR AQ and then the remaining volume of water. Then set irrigation equipment to deliver the appropriate amount of ENSTAR AQ per 20,000 sq ft. Use sufficient irrigation to provide adequate coverage of leaves. For control of soil-dwelling fungus gnat larvae, use only drip or microjet irrigation systems, prepare the ENSTAR AQ solution as previously described and deliver the appropriate amount of ENSTAR AQ in an equivalent to 1/4 inch of water per 20,000 square feet. Start sprinkler and uniformly inject the suspension of ENSTAR AQ into the irrigation water line so as to deliver the desired rate. The suspension of ENSTAR AQ should be injected with a positive displacement pump into the main line ahead of a right angle turn to ensure adequate mixing. Allow foliage to dry prior to resuming normal irrigation. If you have questions about calibration, you should contact State Extension Service specialists, equipment manufacturers or other experts.

GENERAL PRECAUTIONS FOR APPLICATIONS THROUGH SPRINKLER IRRIGATION SYSTEMS: Maintain continuous agitation in mix tank during mixing and application to assure a uniform suspension. Where distribution patterns do not overlap sufficiently, unacceptable control may result. Where distribution patterns overlap excessively, injury to desirable plants may result.

The system must contain a functional check valve, vacuum relief valve, and low-pressure drain appropriately located on the irrigation pipeline to prevent water source contamination from backflow. The pesticide injection pipeline must contain a functional, automatic quick-closing check valve to prevent the flow of fluid back toward the injection pump. The pesticide injection pipeline must also contain a functional, normally closed, solenoid-operated valve located on the intake side of the injection pump and connected to the system interlock to prevent fluid from being withdrawn from the supply tank when the irrigation system is either automatically or manually shut down. The system must contain functional interlocking controls to automatically shut off the pesticide injection pump when the water pump motor stops. The irrigation line or water pump must include a functional pressure switch, which will stop the water pump motor when the water pressure decreases to the point where the pesticide distribution is adversely affected. Systems must use a metering pump, such as a positive displacement injection pump (e.g., diaphragm pump) effectively designed and constructed of materials that are compatible with pesticides and capable of being fitted with a system interlock.

Crop injury, lack of effectiveness or illegal pesticide residues in the crop can result from nonuniform distribution of treated water. Allow sufficient time for pesticide to be flushed through all lines and all nozzles before turning off irrigation water. A person knowledgeable of the chemigation system and responsible for its operation, or under the supervision of the responsible person, shall shut the system down and make necessary adjustments should the need arise. Do not connect an irrigation system (including greenhouse systems) used for pesticide application to a public water system unless the pesticide label-prescribed safety devices for public water systems are in place.

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    Best new thing in the world!

    By Debby on 02/02/2022

    The first product I have found that really gets rid of mealy bugs. I have been fighting them in my orchid greenhouse for years. With two rounds of Enstar treatment, they are finally under control. Safe to spray on Phalaenopsis flowers which is very important in getting rid of the bugs. No smell, no residue.

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