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BASF debuts Altrevin fire ant bait

BASF has launched its fire ant bait insecticide, Altrevin (Nihon Nohyaku’s metaflumizone), for use in US orchards and vineyards. Studies in almonds and citrus show that the product can kill 90% of a fire ant population in seven days and provide control for up to eight weeks after application, the company says. The US EPA proposed the first food-use approval for metaflumizone earlier this year ( Agrow No 631, p 20). The registration covers use on citrus and nut orchards, grape vineyards and non-bearing stone and pome fruit orchards and nurseries. Metaflumizone was first registered in 2007 as a pet flea product and as Siesta fire ant bait for use on turf and ornamentals ( Agrow No 536, p 15).

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