For five high schools throughout the southern United States, there's one less thing to worry about before playoffs: fire ants. That's because each school won 10 bags of Talstar XTRA granular insecticide featuring Verge technology, a new product from FMC Professional Solutions that offers fast elimination of fire ant mounds as well as season-long protection.
Winning the contest were:
- Suwannee High School, McAlpin, Fla., courtesy of Live Oak Pest Control, Inc.
- Keller Independent School District, Keller, Texas
- Richard J. Reynolds High School, Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Oviedo High School, Oviedo, Fla., courtesy of Massey Services
- Leon County Schools, Jacksonville, Fla., courtesy of McCall Service
Talstar XTRA is labeled for a broad spectrum of surface-feeding pests, including fire ants, Caribbean crazy ants, billbugs, chinch bugs, earwigs, scorpions, fleas and ticks. Its low application rates make it a cost-effective solution for both broadcast and perimeter pest control on turf. And now that it is formulated on Verge technology exclusive to FMC, Talstar XTRA is virtually dust- and odor-free, and breaks down into the soil in minutes. The uniformly spherical granule flies off the spreader evenly, creating a more a uniform application and less pest breakthrough.
For more on fire ant control in schools, or to order a free sample of Talstar XTRA, visit www.fireants101.com
Photos: Above, Suwannee High School in Live Oak, Fla., has had a big fire ant problem due to 2011's Hurricane Debbie. The field is now free of fire ants.
Below: Technician Ryan Cannon of Live Oak Pest Control, Inc. in Live Oak, Fla., pours Talstar XTRA granular insecticide featuring Verge technology into the hopper so he can treat Suwannee High School's fire ant problem.