PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Over the past two years, FMC Professional Solutions has been enhancing its granular product line. First, FMC added zeta-cypermethrin to its bifenthrin granular product, creating Talstar XTRA for enhanced speed and broad-spectrum protection. Then, FMC introduced Verge granule technology on its Talstar EZ product. Now, all of the "XTRAs" come standard in one granular product—and at no additional cost—with the introduction of Talstar XTRA granular insecticide featuring Verge Granule Technology, the company announced.
The new product combines the fast and long-term power of Talstar XTRA with the Verge granule's many performance benefits, including a more uniform product distribution and less dust, FMC reports. It will be available for purchase beginning August 2012. For those who prefer a sand-core granule, Talstar PL and Talstar XTRA on Sand are also available.
A unique, clay-based granule developed exclusively for FMC, Verge breaks down quickly to release the active ingredient and disappear into the landscape. Virtually dust- and odor-free, the new formulation is better for the applicator since it reduces exposure during application, the company says. Verge granule technology was developed by Oil-Dri Corporation, an industry leader in micro-particles and mineral processing.
Combining the proven molecule in Talstar with the proprietary fast-acting zeta-cypermethrin, Talstar XTRA acts very fast but it doesn’t sacrifice the residual—up to four months, FMC reports. It is labeled for a broad spectrum of surface-feeding pests, including fire ants, Caribbean crazy ants, billbugs, chinch bugs, earwigs, scorpions, fleas, and ticks. Its low application rates make it a cost-effective solution for both broadcast and perimeter pest control on turf. Plus, Talstar XTRA is not "restricted use."
FMC says from a performance standpoint, pest professionals will see improved results because Talstar XTRA featuring Verge provides a more uniform spread, based on the ballistics of the granule structure. This means fewer callbacks for retreatment, leading to a better bottom line. In addition, the product is non-staining, another major benefit to the applicator.
“By switching from the previous granular carrier to the new Verge granule, FMC improved the way in which the active ingredient is delivered across a given treatment area,” said Bruce Ryser, technical representative with FMC. “This new carrier change is beautifully spherical. Its consistent shape offers the tightest particle distribution of any current carrier.”
Talstar XTRA featuring Verge is labeled for use on turf around residential, institutional, public, commercial and industrial buildings, parks, recreation areas and athletic fields. It can be used for perimeter, broadcast or mound treatments.
Available for use by pest management professionals, Talstar XTRA featuring Verge will continue to be sold in a 25-lb. bag. The use-rate varies by pest, but the most common use-rate is 2.3 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft., so a 25-lb. bag will treat approximately a quarter of an acre.
For more information about Talstar XTRA granular insecticide featuring Verge Granule Technology, contact your local FMC Market Specialist or visit www.fmcprosolutions.com.