2007 News Releases

Safari® Insecticide Granted SLN Label for Emerald Ash Borer in Illinois

May 5, 2007

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (May 5, 2007)—Safari® Insecticide from Valent Professional Products has been granted a special local needs (SLN) label  to control emerald ash borer (EAB) in Illinois-an insect currently causing significant damage and even death to millions of the state's ash trees.

Safari is a unique EAB control tool for arborists and lawn care operators because it can be applied through bark application and is quickly translocated throughout the ash tree. Research has shown that bark-applied treatments are easier, less expensive and generally less harmful to the tree and environment than other types of applications.

"Safari is the only non-invasive, systemic material that will control a generation of EAB the same season it is applied," said Dr. Jason Fausey, Valent field market development specialist. "The other insecticides available for EAB will typically only control next year's generation, so Safari is the fastest-acting solution for this serious problem."

Data from university trial work with Safari on ash trees shows high concentration of the product throughout the foliage in as little as 21 days after application, meaning Safari quickly controls EAB throughout the tree. In addition to its super-systemic activity, Safari also delivers complete, season-long control of the devastating EAB.

"With the SLN label, Illinois arborists and lawn care operators can make applications of Safari and get rapid, comprehensive EAB control for the year," Fausey said. "As those who have fought to control EAB in Illinois know, a product like Safari is greatly needed to help stop the desolation of the state's population of ash trees."

It is estimated that more than 25 million ash trees in the Midwest have already died from EAB infestations.

Valent Professional Product serves the areas of tree, turf, greenhouse/nursery and landscape ornamentals as well as structural pest control and Industrial Vegetation Management. Valent professional products include BroadStar™ Herbicide, DiPel® PRO DF Biological Insecticide, Distance® Fire Ant Bait, Distance Insect Growth Regulator, Envoy Plus™ Herbicide, Fascination® Plant Growth Regulator, Gnatrol® Biological Larvicide, Orthene® Turf, Tree & Ornamental Spray 97, Orthene PCO Pellets, Payload® Herbicide, ProGibb® T&O Plant Growth Regulator, Safari Insecticide, Sumagic® Plant Growth Regulator, SureGuard® Herbicide, Tame® Insecticide, TetraSan® Miticide and Velocity® Herbicide.