TetraCURB™ Concentrate - Mite Control Solution For Commercial Greenhouses
What are Spider Mites?
Spider mites are a major concern for the commercial horticulture industry. In a short period, these pests can cause severe harm to entire crops—compromising a grower’s productivity and profit. Spider mites are typically found on the underside of plant leaves, using plant cell material as their food source. Their presence can be identified under a 10x magnifying lens, and if a mite infestation is left uncontrolled, plants will become covered with fine white webbing and have visible damage on the leaves.
To maintain healthy plants and manage mite pressure, growers must be vigilant in scouting for spider mites. If a mite infestation is detected, it is critical growers act quickly and have a well-prepared pest management plan.
Spider Mite Resistance to Pesticides
As one of the highest-ranking greenhouse pests, spider mites not only cause irreparable damage but are also resistant to an increasing number of pesticides. To help prevent the development of pesticide resistance, growers need more targeted pesticide solutions with novel modes of action to rotate into their Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.
Click here to read our Expert Tips "nine steps to follow for building a strong IPM program."
How to Get Rid of Spider Mites
Beyond traditional synthetic pesticides, growers should consider rosemary oil-based biopesticide as miticide treatment for greenhouses and other commercial horticulture operations. Used in rotation in an IPM program, they can help get pest-free greenhouses and mitigate pesticide resistance. Plus, they are a safe, sustainable and economical alternative to synthetic pesticides.
For centuries, rosemary oil has been used as a natural insecticide. Kemin Crop Technologies harnessed mother nature to design TetraCURB Concentrate, a rosemary oil-based smart blend biopesticide for mites to help growers kill and repel spider mites.
Botanically-Based Crop Protection Solutions
TetraCURB™ Concentrate is a rosemary oil-based contact miticide treatment designed to help growers keep plants and profits healthy. The smart blend of ingredients is safe, environmentally friendly and an efficacious biopesticide that allows growers to both kill and repel spider mites.
The active ingredient in TetraCURB is rosemary oil. Unlike most commodity oils, such as neem or mineral oils, our rosemary oil is extracted from our proprietary lines of rosemary plants that are rich in targeted active molecules providing a variety of benefits. To ensure a consistent, high-quality rosemary oil supply, we use a vertically integrated supply chain and grow 1,200 acres of SCS Sustainably Grown Certified rosemary in the United States.
Designed for Growers by Growers
Using our experience as specialty crop growers, we took great care to design TetraCURB as easy to use, environmentally friendly and compatible with regulatory requirements. Key product features and benefits include:
- Fifty percent active rosemary oil in the concentrate
- No phytotoxicity*
- Reduces synthetic usages
- Consistent molecular profile of the active ingredient
- Zero REI
- Zero PHI
- Category “White” in MPS-ABC Crop Protection Agent list
- Essential for strong IPM program
- Exempt from residue tolerances in the US
Reduces synthetic usages
Consistent molecular profile of the active ingredient
Essential for strong IPM program
Exempt from residue tolerances in the US
TetraCURB is labeled for use on all indoor and outdoor plants, including food crops. Read the product label for complete guidelines.
MoA - Smart Blend for Full Spider Mite Control
Leveraging our understanding of plant science and pest management, the TetraCURB smart blend formulation acts through multiple modes of action to target mites in the adult and nymph stages of the pest life cycle. The multiple modes of action target mites through consistent application resulting in quick knockdown and high mortality.
- The rosemary oil targets the octopamine receptor in mites to disrupt their nervous system, causing avoidance behavior, paralysis, and suffocation.
- The emulsifier allows for uniform product contact across the plant surface. This provides maximum product efficacy of the action with minimum phytotoxicity.
- The soap disrupts cuticular waxes of the insect allowing rosemary oil to quickly penetrate and induce water loss in mites, resulting in desiccation and death.
In a six-week efficacy trial on marigold flowers, TetraCURB reduced challenging mite populations by more than 90 percent without harming plants.
|Side by side marigold flowers in greenhouse after six weeks of treatment with TetraCURB Concentrate|
Click here for five tips on conducting a successful horticulture trial.
TetraCURB Helps Growers Overcome Spider Mite Resistance
Because the TetraCURB smart blend provides unique modes of action, it is more difficult for spider mites to develop pesticide resistance.
As a targeted and environmentally friendly alternative to synthetic pesticides, TetraCURB can be used in an IPM program to help kill spider mites and mitigate pesticide resistance.
Additional Information on TetraCURB
Easy to Apply and Convenient to Incorporate
TetraCURB should be diluted in water and applied to plants using traditional spraying equipment:
Growers can spray TetraCURB at any time during the growing season, but we recommend applying the product at the beginning of a crop cycle. If using TetraCURB as part of an IPM program, there are multiple application rates and frequencies, depending on the level of infestation. As a preventative treatment, we recommend only one spray per week. Whereas for a heavier program, with already established populations of spider mites, we recommend spraying a minimum of two to three times over two weeks. Please refer to the table for more details about the rate.
Click here for expert tips on tank mixing.
For good pesticide resistance management practices growers should spray five to seven days apart, for two to three cycles, and then alternate to a pesticide with a different mode of action.
If a grower is working with beneficial insects, our team of experts can help develop a customized IPM program.
Current State Registrations
As of January 2018, TetraCURB has been registered and approved for use in states marked with blue dots.
Product Specifications and Technical Literature
To ensure growers have the information they need to be successful with TetraCURB, we provide in-depth product specification, safety, usage and technical information.
- TetraCURB Concentrate – Specification Sheet
- TetraCURB Concentrate – Safety Data Sheet
- TetraCURB Concentrate – Gallon Product Label
- TetraCURB Concentrate - Washington-Specific Label
- TetraCURB Concentrate – A New Miticide_Technical Literature
- TetraCURB Concentrate - A New Miticide for Hopyards_Technical Literature
- TetraCURB Concentrate - Cuttings Dip Application Trial_Technical Literature
- TetraCURB Concentrate - Dip Application Procedure
- TetraCURB Concentrate – Marketing Page
Where To Buy
Contact Kemin Crop Technologies. TetraCURB is available in a variety of container sizes, including:
- Quart bottle (0.25 Gallons)*
- Gallon bottle
- Jug (5.7 Gallons)
- Drum (28.3 Gallons)
- Tote (275 Gallons)
*Only available in a case of 20 quarts.
Share Your Experience Using TetraCURB
If you’re already using TetraCURB in your horticulture operation, we’d love to hear about your experience. Click here to write a review, share application tips or provide product feedback.
Contact our Sales Managers for a trial pricing or additional product information.
Darl Reed - Florida
Richard Jones - California
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*source: Kemin internal document TL-18-00007
Please read the label carefully prior to usage.
TetraCURB is 25(b) Exempt. This product has not been registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Kemin Industries, Inc. represents that this product qualifies for exemption from registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.
Certain statements may not be applicable in all geographic regions. Product labeling and associated claims may differ based upon regulatory requirements. Consult with your regulatory representative for specific applications and labeling.