Safari® Insecticide Available for Use on Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) Under New York Special Local Need (SLN) Label

October 22, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.—Safari® 20 SG Insecticide has received a Special Local Need (SLN) label* in New York for use against the highly devastating, invasive pest: the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA).

Under the SLN label, Safari may be applied outdoors as a low-pressure basal trunk spray on federal, state, public and private landholdings in New York. It can be applied to both Eastern and Carolina hemlock trees for control of HWA and elongate hemlock scale.

"We just got HWA in the Finger Lakes region of New York, and it's already gotten into some of the most scenically important and genetically important hemlock forests we have in New York. We were concerned we would be unable to protect these resources and so we applied for the Safari SLN. We just received approval and we have treatments put in place for the fall, and it's none too soon. Imidacloprid has been the industry standard and it is a fantastic tool, but it is not as effective as Safari in older trees. Having access to Safari is crucial for us because it gets into the trees quickly and knocks down HWA, and then you can apply imidacloprid for longer-term treatments. Safari is an essential part of the effective treatment of old-generation trees, especially if you discover the infestation when HWA populations are already high."

– Mark C. Whitmore, forest entomologist, Cornell University

"When used as a basal trunk spray, Safari provides tree care specialists and lawn care operators with a convenient application method that has been demonstrated in university trials to be very fast and effective against HWA. With this SLN, arborists and lawn care professionals can use Safari regardless of the setting to quickly treat even the most heavily infested trees and start them on the path to recovery from HWA.

– Dr. Joe Chamberlin, regional field development manager, Valent Professional Products

Safari Insecticide is a new generation, super-systemic neonicotinoid with quick uptake and knockdown of HWA and a broad spectrum of other major landscape and ornamental pests. In addition to HWA, Safari also controls elongate hemlock scale, another common pest to hemlock trees.

Under the SLN label, Safari should be applied as a basal trunk spray at a rate of 9.0 oz per gallon of water. When applied just to the point of runoff, one gallon of spray solution will treat approximately 65-85 inches of cumulative trunk diameter.

To view an instructional video on the basal trunk spray application, please visit www.valentpro.com/safari and click on the "Safari Video" link.

*Follow all application directions, restrictions and precautions on the EPA registered label. SLN labeling must be in the possession of the user at the time of application.

HWA is a non-native pest named for the white, wool-like substance it leaves at the base of the hemlock's needles when feeding. The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service estimates that HWA has killed millions of hemlocks across the Eastern U.S.

To set up a technical interview about the SLN, Safari or HWA, call Jim Masilak, 901-260-4165. More information about Safari is available at www.valentpro.com/safari.

About Valent U.S.A. Corporation
Valent Professional Products is the non-crop business unit of Valent U.S. A. Corporation. Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, Valent develops and markets products in the United States and Canada that protect turf, ornamentals and crops, enhance crop yields, improve food quality, beautify the environment and safeguard public health. Valent products include a well-known line of quality herbicide, insecticide, fungicide and plant growth regulator products for professional and agricultural use. Valent differentiates itself from its competitors as a leader in marketing and sales of both biorational and traditional chemical products.

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