The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted DuPont Avaunt insecticide a Section 3 label for control of major worm pests in head and leaf lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn (whorl applications only), apples and pears. Registration applications have been submitted to the states for review and approval.

DuPont Avaunt is a low-use-rate product that provides growers with a new tool for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and resistance management. Its unique mode of action is a perfect fit in rotational chemistry programs. After ingestion, DuPont Avaunt works by inhibiting sodium ion entry into nerve cells, resulting in paralysis and death of targeted pests. Cessation of feeding occurs in zero to four hours, delivering excellent crop protection.

In vegetables, these pests include armyworms, cabbage looper, corn earworm (in lettuce), diamondback moth, imported cabbageworm, tomato fruitworm and tomato pinworm. In apple and pear crops, susceptible insects include plum curculio, codling moth, Oriental fruit moth, lesser appleworm, redbanded leafrollers, tufted apple bud moth, white apple and potato leafhoppers, tarnished plant bug and apple maggot.

While DuPont Avaunt protects the crop against targeted pests, it has demonstrated minimal impact on most beneficial insects and non-target organisms.

“Because of its low use rate and favorable environmental and ecological profiles, DuPont Avaunt was designated a reduced-risk product by the EPA in the registration process. With these attributes and its unique mode of action, Avaunt will enhance integrated pest management and resistance management programs,” said Lynn Loughary, DuPont Avaunt product manger for DuPont Crop Protection.

DuPont Avaunt insecticide is formulated as a water-dispersible granule containing 30 percent active ingredient. At labeled rates, it can provide from five to 14 days of residual protection of treated leaves and fruit, depending upon the insect, population pressure, crop and environmental conditions. DuPont Avaunt is not systemic and does not protect new growth.

It is anticipated that DuPont Avaunt insecticide will be available for commercial use this year.

DuPont Avaunt has been approved for commercial sales in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Puerto Rico.

For more specific Avaunt application information, please consult your local DuPont field service representative, agricultural products retailer or crop consultant/PCA.