Imidacloprid is a neonicotinoid class of insecticides. It acts on the central nervous system of insects, by blocking acetylcholine transmission between nerves. Insects that come in contact with this chemical will be paralyzed and eventually die. The insecticide is also effective if ingested by the bug. Imidacloprid binds more strongly to insect neuron receptors than to mammal neuron receptors, meaning that it’s more toxic to insects than it is to humans.
Imidacloprid is a neurotoxic pesticide that has been used since 1999 to keep insects in plants away. It is used both by soil injection and foliar application and can be applied to plants of any age. This chemical can also be sprayed on pets to control fleas, and it’s often used for the preservation of wood products.