Xytect 2F

  • Foliar Spray
  • Soil Drench

Have more than 10 trees to treat? Xytect is your solution for invasive pest protection, including the prevention of Emerald ash borer.

Xytect™ 2F, (compares to Merit® 2F,) is a broad spectrum imidacloprid insecticide used to control a wide variety of insect pests including emerald ash borer, Japanese beetle, and bronze birch borer. Xytect™ 2F provides season long control and research proven protection against the most difficult tree pests.

For faster absorption into the tree and effective applications applied later in the growing season, use Transtect. Transtect has a shorter lag time between treatment and control. For example, if an infested tree is discovered in late June/ early July a Transtect soil application can still provide a benefit that year.

Xytect™ 2F comes Gallon size only – Please see Optrol 8oz or Xytect 75WSP for smaller sizes of an Imidacloprid based insecticide. (the same active ingredient)

  • The Gallon treats 320 inches at the high rate, 640 inches at the medium rate, and 1280 inches at the low rate

Xytect™ 2F is labeled for the following tree and shrub pests:

  • adelgids, aphids, borers (including two-lined chestnut borer, bronze birch borer, Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer), Diptera (including rhododendron gall midge, honeylocust pod gall midge), froghoppers, galls (including hickory stem gall), honeylocust plant bugJapanese beetles, lace bugs, leaf beetles (including elm and viburnum leaf beetles), leafhoppers, (including glassy-winged sharpshooter), leafminers (including boxwood leafminer), mealybugs, planthoppers, psyllids, sawfly larvae, scales (including lecanium, azalea bark, calico, cottony camellia, cottony maple) spittlebugs, thrips (suppression)) – including flower, pear and pine thrips, treehoppers, weevils (including white pine and black vine), whiteflies

See the Xytect 2f product label for a complete list of pests controlled. See the Xytect 2F Product Guide for more information and a rate card.

Application Type(s)

Foliar Spray,Soil Drench

Active Ingredient

21.4% Imidacloprid


Applications of Xytect 2F can be made anytime during the growing season as long as the ground is not frozen or saturated with water. Spring or fall treatments of Imidacloprid are recommended to ensure full protection during high pest activity.

Note: A treatment of Xytect 2F lasts for one season. To ensure proper tree health, Xytect 2F should be applied once every year.

Note: This product cannot be sold in the following states: PR, Pesticide Applicators License Required in New York, Not available in Canada. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Xytect 2F is available in the following sizes/variations.

Xytect 2F

1 gallon (1106)
Price: $520.98

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Not all products are available for sale in all states.  Make sure that any product you intend to purchase is registered for use in your state, and that you have all of the required licenses to apply the product purchased.  Any recommendations made by the tree geek website or its employees are based on limited knowledge of your area and are for informational purposes only.  Always seek advice from a local professional if you are not sure of your tree or pest identity.

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Xytect 2F Product Guide

Xytect 2F Product Guide

Xytect™ 2F, (compares to Merit® 2F,) is a broad spectrum imidacloprid insecticide used to control a wide variety of insect pests including emerald ash borer, Japanese beetle, and bronze birch borer. Xytect™ 2F provides season long control and research proven protection against the most difficult tree pests.

About the Product Guide

The Xytect 2F Product Guide explains what Xytect 2F is along with how and when to apply it. Included is a rate card that not only tells you how much to apply, but will help you determine how much product you'll need. Xytect 2F Product Guide (PDF)

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24 Responses to Xytect 2F

  1. Peter Thompson says:

    My home pest control proffessional recommended getting a water soluble product containing Imidacloprid to use at the base of my veggie plants to eliminate white fly. Can I purchase a very small amount to try. I live in Florida and our veggie crops are just coming in.

  2. Moira French says:

    My husband and I own 2.7 acres in Cobb County Georgia with 521 trees, plants and bushes. Inevitably we have to deal with troublesome insects on some of the plants. We have found if we spray Xytect’s Imidacloprid on those trees/plants just once a year the insects don’t seem to come back and do any harm. It’s really worth it for us. We looked on the internet to purchase Imidacloprid in quantity because we have so many plants, and just purchased from The Tree Geek for the second time.

  3. Doug Miller says:

    I will drill holes around ash trees. How much Xytect 2F is recommended per say gallon or quart container? Thanks to your crew I received my product today after you all found out it was damaged yesterday during shipment. Thanks gals. Doug

    • Doug,

      The mix rate for Xytect is based on the diameter of your tree. For EAB – use .4oz per inch of DBH on trees greater than 15 inches in diameter. Smaller trees you can treat at .2oz per inch DBH. Mix the Xytect in as much water as you feel necessary to pour the solution evenly around the circumference of your tree. This generally equates to a gallon or two of water.

      I am glad we were able to get you your Xytect! You never know what will happen once it is on a truck. Have a great summer!

  4. NEIL E. WEST says:


    • The Tree Geek says:

      Xytect bonds to the soil particles and does not move through the soil. EPA requires an ‘environmental fate’ study to determine where chemicals go after they are applied, so the product has gone through rigorous testing to confirm it it safe for soil and groundwater.

  5. Ed Collier says:

    Thanks for your information here, very useful! I’m a landscape architect and would
    Appreciate knowing if there is any danger to use this where children or pets play?

    • The Tree Geek says:


      Unfortunately, we cannot ship Xytect to Canada. However, you can purchase Optrol. There should be a Canada option to check out. It is the same active ingredient as Xytect, but in a smaller size.

    • The Tree Geek says:

      Hi Corinne,

      Depending on the type of scale you can generally use Xytect or Transtect. If it is an armored scale Transtect should do the trick. Always check the label to see if it is approved.

  6. Hi. I live in central indiana and I have two ash trees, approx 12″ trunk diameter. Thanks you your products I have been keeping them alive. I have switched on and off between xytect and transtect. What are your thoughts on which one is best for emerald ash borer? Both of the trees are looking pretty good right now.

    • The Tree Geek says:

      Hi Aaron,

      Both products will be effective in combating emerald ash borer. I tend to recommend Xytect over Transtect because it has a residual of one year. I usually only recommend Transtect when the tree is actively being attacked, and someone needs to get quick control since Transtect has a faster uptake time of about 2 weeks.

  7. aaron says:

    Thank you for the reply. For Central Indiana what would be your preferred time frame for applying the Xytect?

    • The Tree Geek says:

      We recommend applying Xytect in the fall or early spring, whenever the ground is not frozen or saturated. Xytect will provide your tree with up to one year of protection.

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