Surfactants

Many plants and flowers have a natural waxy coating that makes it difficult for liquid herbicides and pesticides to penetrate the plant. Surfactants help the product “stick” to the plant, allowing for absorbtion. Surfactants are added to pesticides or herbicides and are typically applied with a sprayer.

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A non-ionic surfactant that helps increase coverage and penetration of sprays.
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A water soluble non-ionic surfactant that makes water wetter and increases absorption, translocation and sticking of pesticides and herbicides.
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A natural and biodegradable product made from the oils extracted from orange peels that provides a variety of household and garden uses.
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A two way blend surfactant that penetrates the waxy cuticles of plant and spreads the spray solution evenly for better plant uptake.
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Nonionic surfactant and spreader sticker that makes herbicides and fungicides more effective.
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A non-ionic surfactant enhances the effectiveness of herbicides and fungicides to penetrate the plants foliage.
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A professional additive for all insecticides that will improve in eliminating insects by preventing the regular metabolic function of breaking down the insecticide.
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Exponent has no insecticidal properties of its own, it is made to be mixed with other liquid insecticides to make them more effective.
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A surfactant that provides improved penetration into the foliage for better effectiveness of insecticides and herbicides.
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A spraying tank defoamer designed for superior control of foam formed with pesticide solutions.
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A water surfactant that holds water vapor in the plants that reduces watering by up to 50% and improves soil penetration.
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A surfactant that provides for pesticides and fungicides improved penetration into the foliage for increased effectiveness.
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Surfactant that contains crop oil and non-ionic material, giving the best and quick weed control results.
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A pH Indicator, Acidifier, Water Conditioner & Wetter/Spreader, and is the only surfactant with a Built-In pH Indicator. No need for additional pH testing after using.
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A surfactant wetting agent that provides improved penetration into the foliage for better effectiveness of insecticides.
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A surfactant, penetrant, acidifier and deposition aid to increase the coverage and penetration into the plant foliage.
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A combination of herbicide and surfactant in one that provides selective post-emergent weed control in cotton, golf courses, sod farms, and highway rights-of-way.
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A surfactant that provides improved coverage and penetration into the foliage for increased effectiveness of herbicides.
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A surfactant that will enhance the performance of herbicides in controlling turf grassy and broad-leaf weeds.
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A herbicide activator and penetration agent that greatly increases the biological activity and surface penetration of defoliants, desiccants, and herbicides.
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A surfactant than is used with insecticides, herbicides and fungicides to assist in the absorption to the plant.
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A surfactant that helps enhance the penetration into the foliage for more effectivity of pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides.
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A water surfactant that increases the penetration of water into the soil to reduce water run off in hard to wet areas plus nitrogen plus micro-nutrients.
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A surfactant plus fragrance to minimize discomfort from odors during pesticide and fungicide applications.

What Is a Surfactant?

A surfactant (emulsifier) is a type of chemical adjuvant that is designed to break up the surface tension of a liquid. A Surfactant is also known as a “wetting agent”. The reason they are used for lawn and garden purposes is that they break up the natural resistance of a plant’s leaves to whatever chemical is being applied. This means that the herbicide or pesticide that you are applying will reach the intended target more quickly and thoroughly than if it was applied by itself. This increases the power of whatever product you’re using without changing its effects or chemical structure. 

Among our ever-increasing number of pest control supplies, you will find all of the advanced and most common surfactants that are sure to improve your success rate, whether you are trying to kill weeds with an herbicide or trying to get rid of insects with a pesticide, and need either product to stay on and seep into whatever you’re spraying it on. As always, you will also find all the free expert advice you’ll need to get the job done right the first time, both online and over the phone.

 

How to Use Surfactants

• First you need to figure out what product you’re going to be using the surfactant with. If you’re using an herbicide product such as glyphosate you’ll need to check the labels and the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure that the product can and should be combined with a surfactant.
 
• Once you have figured out that you want to use a surfactant, your next step is to decide how to apply it. You have two choices; you can either: 
 

  • Mix the wetting agent with the herbicide in the same container, and apply them simultaneously to the plant. 
  • Or you can spray the plant with the surfactant first, and then apply the herbicide. 


The first option is by far the better one, since it cuts down on time spent doing the application and allows the herbicide to get to work immediately on the weed. All of our surfactants are labeled to be mixed with all of the herbicides we sell, and will not cause any degradation of the original product.

Non-Ionic surfactants, also known as wetting agents are by far the most common variety, and these are the kind that you will be using in combination with herbicides and pesticides. The term non-ionic refers to the surfactants natural ionic charge that helps it to break up the surface tension of water or any other liquids that it is added to in order to help them seep more thoroughly into the plant that they are applied to.

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