All uses of Omethoate (Folimat) will be cancelled at the end of 2018 and it will be illegal to use after that time.
However, there are two alternative bell injection chemicals currently approved for use: acephate (e.g. Titan 970, Orthene Xtra, Imtrade acephate) and Bifenthrin (e.g. Talstar 80, Venom 240, Fivestar).
Other products such as Success Neo are registered to control rust thrips and sugarcane bud moth in bananas but are not approved for bell injecting.
The Registrant is currently working towards getting Success on label for bell-injection but this is still 2-3 years away. ABGC is preparing a minor use permit application for Success for bell injecting but APVMA approval may take 6-9 months to be granted.
Other chemicals are also available to help control of bunch pests with other methods of application – Consult the Fact sheet ‘Update of bunch pest control’ for more information.
Trials are currently in progress at QDAF to investigate the potential of new actives for bunch pest control. Preliminary results are promising and larger scale trials are now necessary to fully investigate their potential.
It is recommended that you do not bell inject and bunch spray with one product continually, as this can cause resistance problems with rust thrips.
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