More About Syngenta and its Products

February PCT included a Q&A with Syngenta's John Dombrosky. In addition to the insights provided by Dombrosky, PCT’s online coverage includes a story on Zyrox and Syngenta's integration of new businesses.

February 26, 2015

There have been a number of high-profile personnel changes among manufacturers and distributors serving the pest management industry during the past 18 months. As a result, PCT has conducted a series of Executive Forum interviews with key industry stakeholders who play such a critical role in driving market change. February PCT included a Q&A with Syngenta's John Dombrosky.

In addition to the insights provided by Dombrosky, PCT’s online coverage includes the following stories:

Zyrox Fly Granular Bait Now Registered in California
Syngenta Professional Pest Management (PPM) recently announced Zyrox fly granular bait is now registered in the state of California, in addition to 48 other states and the District of Columbia. Pest Management Professionals (PMPs) in California can now take advantage of the new active ingredient in Zyrox that can serve as an effective resistance management tool in urban, rural and commercial markets, according to the company.

“We understand that PMPs need products to work where they are conducting their businesses,” said Gregg Wisniewski, marketing manager for Syngenta PPM in North America. “With this new state registration for Zyrox, PMPs in California can increase the breadth of their business offerings with a novel fly control product.”

The active ingredient in Zyrox, cyantraniliprole, affects the muscular system of a fly to provide quick and efficient control, resulting in fewer callbacks for PMPs. Because the active ingredient is new to the market, Zyrox can be a powerful new tool to fight the growing problem of resistance, Syngenta says. Formulated to be highly attractive, the bait matrix of Zyrox also helps ensure effective fly control at a low use rate (3.2 ounces per 1,000 square feet).

Zyrox has been approved for use both indoors (in a bait station) and outdoors in the most common areas where high fly densities result in customer complaints. Outdoors it can be applied to areas used for storage of waste in refuse dumpsters that are fenced in or inaccessible to children and pets around:
•    Restaurants
•    Taverns
•    Hotels
•    Grocery stores
•    Supermarkets
•    Bakeries
•    Warehouses
•    Sports complexes

Zyrox also can be applied to outdoor areas of commercial operations such as:
•    Canneries
•    Beverage and food processing plants
•    Kennels
•    Schools
•    Recycling plants
•    Zoos
•    Military installations

In addition, for production animal accounts, Zyrox fills a critical resistance management gap for:
•    Poultry/broiler houses
•    Caged layer houses
•    Swine production structures
•    Livestock housing structures
•    Horse stables

PMPs can view the full product label and list of application sites at
“Now that Zyrox has been registered in California, PMPs have a new tool to provide effective fly control for their accounts,” said Nicky Gallagher, technical services manager for Syngenta PPM in North America.
For information about Zyrox fly granular bait, visit

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For some change is difficult, but not for Pat Willenbrock, brand manager for Syngenta Turf & Landscape.

“For me, change is not unsettling; it’s exciting because with change comes new opportunities,” she observed. “I’ve reported to quite a number of business heads at Syngenta and they’ve all been quite good, putting their individual stamps on the business. What makes working with John Dombrosky so exciting is not only are we implementing his vision for the business, but we’re doing it within the context of a major acquisition, which I believe ultimately will result in a richer, different kind of business experience.”

Gregg Wisniewski, marketing manager for Syngenta Professional Pest Management (PPM) in North America, has never been averse to change, but with change inevitably comes uncertainty.

“I was one of the people who came over to Syngenta as a result of the DuPont Professional Products acquisition, and although there is always some trepidation that comes with such a transition, I felt the integration of the two companies was relatively seamless,” he said. “There were a lot of great people in the DuPont organization and a lot of great people in the Syngenta organization. There was also a similar culture between the two organizations, so that made the transition a lot easier. I think we’ve benefitted from one another’s insights and market experiences. Both organizations were committed to providing their customers with products that would help them be successful. Neither organization had a leading market share in the pest management industry, so we knew there was significant opportunity for growth. We aspire to be number one in the market, so we know the path ahead of us.”