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Syngenta Introduces Optigard Flex Insecticide in Pre-Measured Packs

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The new 1.62-fluid-ounce individual packs are distributed in containers of 20 packets.

| March 29, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Syngenta has introduced convenient, pre-measured packs of Optigard Flex non-repellent insecticide. The new 1.62-fluid-ounce individual packs are distributed in containers of 20 packets. This packaging is available in addition to the existing eight-ounce, exact-dose, tip-and-measure bottle.

“The new, pre-measured Optigard Flex package streamlines the application process, saving time and increasing accuracy,” said Marc Hennen, marketing manager, Syngenta. “The packs contain the same formulation and strength of the active ingredient, thiamethoxam, and cost the same per ounce as the existing tip-and-measure bottle.”

The Optigard Flex label has been expanded on the packs to allow perimeter applications up to three feet up and seven feet away from the structure and for use as a spot treatment to control subterranean termites.

The unit dose packs provide PMPs with flexible application options and are ideally suited to use with backpack sprayers. A single Optigard Flex packet can be mixed in three gallons of water to deliver a high rate as a stand-alone treatment, or mixed in six gallons of water for the half-rate option. One unit dose pack also works well mixed with a higher volume of water in power sprayer tanks mixed with a general perimeter product such as Demand CS insecticide. This mixture creates a lower concentration of Optigard Flex that can be applied to perimeter landscape ornamental plants. When applied to landscape ornamental plants, thiamethoxam moves within the plant tissue to conrol honeydew producing insects - a common food source for ants.

Once used, Optigard Flex pre-measured packs can be easily disposed of in standard trash. The outer jug containing the 20 packets is a non-refillable container that should be triple rinsed after use. See product label for details.

Optigard Flex may be applied indoors and outdoors with no limitations on application timing. The active ingredient, thiamethoxam is readily transferred throughout social insect colonies by foraging pests. The insecticide controls a broad spectrum of pests including ants, cockroaches, drywood termites, subterranean termites and beetles. It can also be used as a soil drench or on plant foliage to control honeydew producing insects.

Optigard Flex Unit Dose Packs will be available in early April 2010.

More information is available by contacting the Syngenta Customer Center at 1-866-SYNGENT(A) (796-4368) or by visiting  www.syngentapmp.com.

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