All About Merit


What is that, you may be wondering?

Merit is based on the insecticide imidacloprid used to help control pests and insects on trees. It is applied via soil injections or by a large “pointed feeder syringe” whereby merit is injected into the ground where the roots can absorb the nutrients and minerals and push them into the leaves. Imidacloprid is a systemic insecticide that acts as an insect neurotoxin. It targets insects’ central nervous system, thus eventually rendering them incapable of carrying out life-supporting functions. In other words, it will keep your beautiful trees free of pests and insects that may be a danger to them and their appearance.

Merit is Safe

Merit is safe on many fronts. Don’t just take our word for it. According to the California Environmental Protection Agency, “Inhalation exposure is expected to be minimal because imidacloprid has a very low tendency to evaporate.” The nature of Merit’s injection method allows for a more environmentally and healthy alternative to spraying. Spraying has high volatility and can diffuse violently into the atmosphere and surrounding areas.  Merit, on the other hand, takes a safer and more practical approach. Further, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies imidacloprid as a “General Use Pesticide.” This means there are products containing imidacloprid available to the general public. These products include those registered for use on turf and ornamental plants and various food and feed crops. Rest assured that Merit is not a danger to your well-being nor the environment.

It is Effective

Merit provides long-term residual control of major ornamental insect pests for up to 6 months or longer. It can control pests such as Adelgids, Aphids, Black vine weevil larvae, Japanese beetles, Lace bugs, Leaf beetles, Leafhoppers, Mealybugs, Psyllids, Scales, Tip moths, and Whiteflies, to name a few. One of Merit’s high success rate reasons lies in the fact that the plants’ root systems take it up, so it is absorbed faster to protect and increase new growth of plants and trees. It is a long-term solution that literally targets the problem from the root.

Trees are very much like humans in many respects. They require water, nutrients, and proper care. You want your trees to be healthy, looking good, and lasting longer. Quality products will do all of the above. Merit is a quality product. The same can’t be said about other products, but Merit does not sacrifice safety for effectiveness. Next time you think about caring for your trees when it comes to pests and insects, think about Merit.