Valent Professional Products has submitted a Section 2(ee) recommendation for the use of Safari 20 SG insecticide for the management of mountain pine beetle in six western states. The recommendation, made under the auspices of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), applies only to a basal trunk spray treatment of lodgepole pine trees in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming landscape settings.
Safari is a highly systemic and fast-acting insecticide that controls numerous pests that infest landscape trees and ornamentals. When applied to the lower 4-to-5 feet of a tree’s trunk with a low-pressure sprayer, Safari quickly penetrates through the bark into the xylem and is transported upwards to where pests feed.
The Safari basal trunk spray provides tree care professionals with an important new mode of application and option in the fight against mountain pine beetle, which can kill a tree in just one year and already has killed millions of lodgepole pine trees in the Western United States.
“Most current treatment options for mountain pine beetle involve spraying the entire tree with a hydraulic handgun. Bucket trucks are required to spray large trees, and the risk of spray drift precludes treatment near water or on residential sites where sprays can end up on neighboring properties,” said Todd Mayhew, regional field development manager for Valent Professional Products. “A basal trunk spray with Safari provides an effective alternative for mountain pine beetle treatment because you can go in with a backpack sprayer and apply it to pine trees quickly and accurately. This method does not require expensive application equipment and almost eliminates spray drift.”
Trees must be healthy and actively transpiring at the time of application to allow movement of Safari upward into the tree. It is recommended that two preventive applications be made per season, with the first between June 15 and July 1 and the second between July 15 and Aug. 1. Safari will also provide some curative control if applied after pitch tubes appear but no later than Sept. 1. A curative application may not save trees but it will decrease the number of larvae that complete development and attack new trees the following year.
The Section 2(ee) recommendation is valid through Dec. 31, 2011.
For more information about Safari and to view an instructional video on the basal trunk spray application method, please visit www.valentpro.com/safari.