BASF launches fire ant insecticide, postemergent herbicide

June 4, 2013 -  By

BASF’s Crop Protection division has released Siesta Insecticide Fire Ant Bait, which includes the proprietary active ingredient metaflumizone for the control of native and imported fire ants. It is labeled for use on golf courses, residential turfgrass and ornamental landscapes, recreational, commercial and industrial areas, among other sites.

“Siesta Insecticide Fire Ant Bait is the only sodium blocker insecticide that doesn’t require metabolism for bioactivation,” said BASF Market Development Specialist Kathie Kalmowitz. “It works by affecting the insect’s feeding and mobility, and ultimately results in death. The application flexibility and effectiveness of this product provide excellent reduction in ants and their mounds for several weeks.”

Metaflumizone is formulated on corn grit along with soybean oil, a proven attractant bait for native and imported fire ants. For best results, Siesta Insecticide Fire Ant Bait should be applied as a broadcast treatment so foraging ants and hidden or unnoticed mounds receive coverage, according to the company.

The company also has launched Pylex herbicide, a postemergent product that includes the active ingredient topramezone for the control of such tough turfgrass weeds as Bermudagrass, goosegrass, crabgrass, nimblewill, white clover and speedwell. It is labeled for use on golf courses, lawns, athletic fields and sod farms.

“Keeping Bermudagrass out of fescue turf is a key issue for customers in the transition zone of the U.S.,” said BASF Senior Market Development Specialist Kyle Miller. “Our research shows Pylex herbicide provides more effective Bermudagrass control than other available products.”

Leaves, roots and shoots absorb the Pylex herbicide after it has been applied. It works by affecting photosynthesis in the plant, which results in the bleaching of target weeds.

The product is ideal for use on most cool-season grasses, including Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, fine fescue and perennial ryegrass. With the exception of centipedegrass, warm-season turfgrass is sensitive to the product, however. Pylex herbicide also has shown excellent seeding flexibility by allowing seeding to occur any time at or after the time of application, according to the company.

 

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