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Slug and Snail Repellent For Citrus Growers

Slug and Snail Repellent For Citrus Growers

Metarex is NOT registered for use in the following states: ND, NE, SD & WY

Damage

Snails can cause significant damage to citrus crops. Once snails get into the tree canopy it is often too late to achieve satisfactory control by ground treatment alone. This is why slug and snail repellent for citrus growers is important.

Slug and Snail Repellent For Citrus Growers

Snail eggs with juveniles.
Photo credit: Robert Hollinsworth USDA APHIS

Slug and Snail Repellent For Citrus Growers

Photo credit: David Holden

Slug and Snail Repellent For Citrus Growers

Photo credit: Buzz Uber

Many citrus growers treat using metaldehyde or other compounds immediately following a major rain or irrigation event. Sand-core based products offer poor weatherability and little residual control. A weather-resistant blanket of protection needs to be in place when the snails start to move, so they can easily find the bait and come in contact with the active ingredient (a.i.). Higher a.i. concentrations do not always translate to better control, but can adversely impact bait palatability. Innovative growers have found that using no dust Metarex with application equipment designed for banded application of granular products at low rates enables them to achieve better control and use less product than using other more hygroscopic, dusty pellets at even higher rates.

Metarex 4% Metaldehyde bait with reduced-rate technology offers maximum palatability, and many more baiting points per lb., all leading to earlier feeding resulting in faster, better control. Growers have also found that Metarex, made using a wet-process similar to that used for food-grade pasta, can become wet and will re-harden - offering superior irrigation and mold resistance, and yielding long field life.

Slug and Snail Repellent For Citrus Growers

Metarex Snail kill – 1 DAT.
Photo credit: Dr. Raymond Cloyd, Entomologist KSU.

Superior Weatherability

Slug and Snail Repellent For Citrus Growers

Elapsed time: 24 hrs. Conditions: Open Petri dish, 20mL water, 85% relative humidity.
Dr. Hipólito O’Farrill, Entomologist, University of Puerto Rico -  Mayaquez 11/2007.

Successful preventative treatments can be made with rates as low as 5 Metarex pellets per square foot, and bait can remain available for up to 4 weeks under ideal conditions.

Superior Mold Resistance

Slug and Snail Repellent For Citrus Growers

Metarex holds up even 10 DAT.
Photo: prominent Calif. Nursery, 4/06.

Metarex’s no dust formula will not dirty application equipment as with other baits, leading to less waste and saving you valuable clean-up time and permitting you and your equipment to look their best.

Superior Uniformity

Slug and Snail Repellent For Citrus Growers

Superior Palatability

Beyond uniformity and quality control, Metarex offers superior palatability with the “bait carrier” favored three-to-one (3:1) versus fresh lettuce and carrots in slug trials. This superior attraction leads to earlier feeding resulting in faster control.

Slug and Snail Repellent For Citrus Growers

Superior Efficacy

Slug and Snail Repellent For Citrus Growers

David Holden, PCA, CCA Holden Research & Consulting Sep.-Oct. '05 Camarillo, CA

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Respected Pest Control Advisors (PCA’s) and Certified Crop Advisors (CCA’s) including Dr. David Holden and Dr. Reed Kirkland have tested Metarex extensively, under the most challenging conditions. Results are available from Metarex dealers. See the Contact Us section for more information and Where to Buy.

Application Tips

Citrus: Apply Metarex at a rate of 6.5 to 25 lbs. per acre. The maximum application rate is 25 lbs. per acre (1.0 lb ai/A) per application. A maximum of 6 applications are permitted at a minimum retreatment interval of 14 days. Apply in a band under tree canopy, by hand or with application equipment designed for banded application of granular products. See entire label.

Specimen Labels and Safety Data Sheets

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