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Nursery & Ornamental Growers

Nursery & Ornamental Growers

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

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Feeding damage to Gerbera daisy

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Dead, dessicated slug from Metarex

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

Slugs & snails can cause significant damage to flower quality. Leaf and flower damage by slugs/snails can easily be misinterpreted as caused by other insects leading to ineffective control, or the unnecessary use of more-expensive pesticides. Interstate and export shipment of perishable plants require molluscicide treatment and certification that items are slug/snail free.

Many west coast nursery growers kill slugs and snails using metaldehyde on fixed schedule, during the growing season at a minimum retreatment interval of 21 days - since prevention is often easier and less costly than curative spot treatments. 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 is registered for these uses, offering maximum palatability, many more baiting points per lb., all leading to earlier feeding and 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.

In other geographic areas, slugs and snails can cause plant damage during wetter periods, such as spring, and in irrigated environments such as under plant canopy (e.g. hostas) and in greenhouses.

Superior Plant Protection

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Study Location: Bokeana Nursery Oct.-Nov. 2007. University study conducted by PhD. researcher in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Trials done in 2’ x 2’ x 2’ snail pens (8 cu. ft. ea.) with 10 snails and two ornamental plants per pen.
* DAT = Days After Treatment

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

Superior Weatherability

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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.

Superior Mold Resistance

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

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Study Location: Bokeana Nursery Oct.-Nov. 2007. University study conducted by PhD. researcher in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Pens received mist irrigation 2 times / wk. for a total of 90ml. per event. The average temperature was 78°F. The maximum and minimum temperatures, from the beginning to the end of this experiment, ranged from 87.3°F to 65.5°F.
The maximum relative humidity was 93% and 51.3% the minimum. 4 replications.
* DAT = Days After Treatment

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.

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Superior Uniformity

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Application Tips

Ornamentals: Apply Metarex at a rate of 8 to 25 lbs. per acre (or 6 to 20 pellets per square foot). 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 21 days.See entire label.

Specimen Labels and Safety Data Sheets

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