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PestNet is a network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests. It started in 1999. Anyone with an interest in plant protection is welcome to join. PestNet is free and is moderated, ensuring that messages are confined to plant protection.
Pests > Pest Management > Chemical control > Synthetic pesticides > Insecticides > Fipronil > Chemical control, Wasmannia, little fire ant
A member said that the articvle reminded him of the product Ant Rid, a liquid bait used in Australai (and probably elsewhere).How safe is the ingredients in Tango. The article says that S-methoprene is one of the safest insecticides available today, but what does that mean?
A member from FAO Pest and Pesticide Management Group said in response:
While the insecticide Tango with its active ingredient methoprene falls under the Toxicity Class WHO (a.i.) U; EPA (formulation) IV = unlikely to present acute hazard in normal use; the insecticide Ant-Rid Bait used to control ants in Australia with its active ingredient Fipronil (phenylpyrazole) has been classified in Toxicity Class WHO (a.i.) II; EPA (formulation) II = moderately hazardous! It has been banned for use in many countries because it is highly toxic to honeybees, and other pollinators, both by direct contact and by ingestion.