Triple Crown + Dispatch: A Mole Cricket Control Success Story

This blog was reposted with permission from Aquatrols. Mole crickets are a familiar foe for superintendents in the southeastern United States. While these pests like to feed on roots and leaves, the biggest threat to turfgrass stems from their extensive underground tunneling. Adult mole crickets create underground tunnels – sometimes up to three feet in length – that can sever roots and cause turf to protrude upwards. Damage at the surface often appears in the form of raised brown or bare patches. Superintendent John Ramsey is no stranger to mole crickets. He’s spent 13 years on the maintenance crew at Gulf Shores Golf Club in coastal Alabama and is now in his fourth season as the club’s superintendent. Ramsey knows the kind of havoc these pests can wreak if left unchecked. He and his crew made the decision to forgo pre-treatment for mole crickets early in the 2014 season. Ramsey instead chose to monitor mole cricket activity on his course and deal with the pests after their “fly-in” and mating period ended in early summer. Battling mole crickets after the mating season means timing an insecticide application perfectly. Adult mole crickets lay their eggs underground in late spring before eventually dying off. Young mole crickets in the nymph stage pose little threat to turfgrass. However, as they begin to mature, their tunneling behavior (and threat to turfgrass) increases exponentially. If an insecticide is applied too early, superintendents run the risk of missing out on eggs that have yet to hatch. Wait too long, however, and it becomes more difficult to eradicate mature mole crickets. Ramsey monitored the maturation process...

Bright Ideas: Mole Crickets Meet their Match

Mole crickets are tough. And the ones on Daufuskie Island just might be the toughest. I’ve seen them burrow through sand, turf, rocky soil, even ice. They are the worst pest we have out here… they are a constant problem. My usual defense is a wall-to-wall spring application of imidacloprid coupled with spot treatments of bifenthrin. This year, though, I tried a new liquid product, Triple Crown® Golf insecticide* from FMC, on the holes hit hardest by mole crickets. I chose Triple Crown because it offers a formulation of my usual go-to active ingredients—FMC bifenthrin and imidacloprid—plus a little something extra. That extra is FMC zeta-cypermethrin, an active ingredient developed by FMC that brings incredible speed of kill. In early May 2014, I sprayed the green slopes of a few holes with heavy cricket pressure to create a barrier around the greens. Within a week, the length of time for new mole crickets to emerge and begin their damage, the crickets were gone. But even better, Triple Crown works on contact as well as translaminar and systemic activity, providing protection against sucking pests that feed on a plant’s vascular system as well as foliar-feeding insects. This means I kill not only mole crickets but other pests like fire ants, grubs, billbugs and more. Today, six weeks after I sprayed, the mole crickets are still gone. It’s been nice to not have to worry about them. Now I can move on to my other constant headache—salinity. *Triple Crown Golf Insecticide is a Restricted Use Product (RUP).   Nick Bright is the superintendent at Melrose Golf Club in Daufuskie Island, SC....

Q&A on Triple Crown® Golf Insecticide

We launched our new triple-action insecticide, Triple Crown® Golf insecticide* at the Golf Industry Show in February and golf course superintendents are using it for the first time this spring. We’re excited about this new triple-action product and wanted to answer a few questions about it: What is Triple Crown® Golf insecticide? Triple Crown is a multi-action solution designed to protect your course from damaging turf pests. It features a multi-action formulation for fast-acting, long-lasting**, broad-spectrum*** control of above- and below-ground turf pests. What are the active ingredients in Triple Crown? Triple Crown is a unique combination of FMC bifenthrin, zeta-cypermethrin and imidacloprid. Because of its unique combination, Triple Crown controls above- and below-ground turf pests with multiple modes of action, providing protection for your course. What pests does Triple Crown control? Triple Crown controls more than 30 turf pests, including masked chafer grubs (Northern and Southern), European chafer grubs, fire ants, chinch bugs, annual bluegrass weevils, ticks, billbugs, mites and more. How does Triple Crown work? Triple Crown Golf insecticide works through contact, translaminar and systemic activity, making it a valuable tool against sucking pests that feed on a plant’s vascular system, as well as foliar-feeding turf pests. It provides protection both above and below ground. Looking for more information on Triple Crown? Check out this blog for data on Triple Crown’s performance against turf pests compared to competing products. *Triple Crown Golf insecticide is a restricted use product. **As tested in field trials in 2013 versus competitive products on annual bluegrass weevils, lasius ants, chinch bugs, bluegrass billbugs, masked chafer grubs and mole crickets. *** Label has...

Bugs in Bermuda? You Bet!

When Walter Saul moved to Bermuda from Florida 28 years ago, it was for a six-month gig as a pest control training supervisor…or so he thought. “Six months turned into a year, then the operations manager retired and I stayed on…more than two decades later, I’m still here,” says Saul, who has been operations manager for Bermuda Pest Control since 1988. Considered an island paradise by most travelers, Bermuda sits in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. Though isolated from the multitude of mainland U.S. insect pests, Bermuda still struggles with its share of pest problems. “Bermuda is predominantly volcanic limestone rock with about a foot and a half of soil sitting on top of it,” says Saul. “Basically, we are a 21- square mile ant mound in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!” Using baits to control ants is out of the question, according to Saul. “It’s a giant ant colony — mostly Argentine ants,” he adds. “The colony is too big to eliminate – but with the right tools, we can control the ants.” Through the years, he’s used many different products with varying degrees of effectiveness. But when Talstar® XTRA featuring Verge™ granular technology came on the market a few years ago, he began using it exclusively for his ant-control program. Talstar XTRA with Verge contains bifenthrin with zeta-cypermethrin, designed for fast knockdown and accelerated control. In addition, it provides up to four months of reliable control of more than 75 insect pests. “It’s the best of all possible worlds – they’ve got the dual formulation on a good granule that applies evenly and...

Triple Turf Insect Control with Two Fast-Acting New Products: Triple Crown® T&O and Triple Crown® Golf Insecticides

FMC is excited to introduce Triple Crown® T&O insecticide, and Triple Crown® Golf insecticide* – two new, multiple-action insecticides providing fast-acting, long-lasting broad-spectrum control of more than 30 above- and below-ground turf and landscape pests. Both Triple Crown products are an innovative three-way combination of FMC bifenthrin, FMC zeta-cypermethrin and imidacloprid, offering multiple modes of action on key pests including ants, fire ants, grubs (masked chafer, European chafer, and Japanese beetle), chinch bugs, annual bluegrass weevils, ticks, mites, billbugs, mole crickets and more.Among the fastest liquid insecticides now available for turf and landscape professionals, Triple Crown T&O is labeled for broadcast lawn treatments, mound treatments and landscape applications and Triple Crown Golf is labeled for broadcast golf course turf applications. Research among university specialists in various parts of the country has shown that both Triple Crown products deliver fast results against damaging annual bluegrass weevil and billbug adults, chinch bugs, mole crickets and many other insects. Available in an suspoemulsion formulation, the two Triple Crown products are a result of the FMC commitment to Customer-Driven Innovation. Because of their unique multiple action formulations, Triple Crown T&O and Triple Crown Golf eliminate the need to tank mix several products to control pests, so the products help save time, money and shelf space. Both Triple Crown products work through contact, translaminar and systemic activity, providing protection against sucking pests that feed on a plant’s vascular system, as well as foliar-feeding insects. Because of its unique multiple action formulation, Triple Crown is a great product golf course superintendents and lawn care operators now have to protect turf and landscape plants against destructive...

Pro Bono Fire Ant Treatment Saves a School

Children in northern Florida are just returning to school and may find something more frightening than homework—fire ants. This summer’s excessive rains have caused fire ant populations to explode, just before the school year begins. But at one school, fire ants have been expelled. That’s because Trad’s Pest Control, a full-service pest control and turf management company in Jacksonville, teamed up with FMC to treat the grounds of San Juan del Rio Church and School in nearby St. John’s, Florida. The school’s fire ant problem has grown significantly over the summer, when turf was untreated and consistent rains caused the red imported fire ant (RIFA) population to boom. Trad’s donated the manpower while Philadelphia-based FMC Professional Solutions donated the ammunition, namely its Talstar® XTRA featuring Verge™ granule technology. Talstar XTRA is a new type of granular insecticide that controls fire ant mounds in as little as fifteen minutes while generating virtually no dust or odor when applied. “Verge technology is based on the same technology as kitty litter,” explained Denise Wartan, General Manager of Trad’s. “It’s a clay based granule that breaks down and disappears into to the soil quickly and stays there. This is great for schools that need help fast, but also need a solution that lasts.” Wartan adds that Trad’s is certified in ‘integrated pest management’ for schools, so the company uses approved, low-impact products and treats in a manner to limit children’s exposure. Red imported fire ants (RIFA) live in mounds in all types of turf, along driveways and sidewalks and just about anywhere there is ample soil and moisture. When disturbed, fire ants will...