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Vegetable & Small Fruit Growers

Vegetable & Small Fruit Growers

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

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Snails and slugs can cause significant damage to lettuce, cole crops, other leafy greens: (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cavalo broccolo, collards, kale, kohlrabi, mizuna, mustard greens, spinach, rape greens), blueberries, caneberries, perennial strawberries and tomatoes. The dense canopy, frequent irrigation and moist environment all create an ideal habitat for mollusks to feed and propagate.

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Many vegetable and small fruit growers treat using metaldehyde bait or other compounds on regular schedules immediately following a major rain or irrigation event. A weather-resistant blanket of protection needs to be easily accessible when the slugs and snails begin nightly feeding. Plentiful baiting points are critical since slugs or snails often do not venture far to feed, especially less-mobile juveniles. Higher active ingredient concentrations do not always translate to better control, but can adversely impact bait palatability. Innovative growers have found low rates in between rows and/or directed at the base of plants to be effective. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices incorporating Metarex at reduced rates have been shown to achieve excellent control and low crop damage.

Metarex 4% Metaldehyde bait with reduced-rate technology offers maximum palatability 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.

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.

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 3 weeks under intense irrigation or rainfall conditions.

Superior Mold Resistance

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

Metarex’s no dust formula will not clog or dirty application equipment, providing less waste and better coverage - saving valuable clean-up time. Metarex's no-dust formula means that your clothing will not turn blue.

Superior Uniformity

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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 Efficacy

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Dr. M Bari - Artichoke Research Association, Salinas - Castroville 2004.

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

Application Tips

Lettuce, Cole Crops and other Leafy Greens: (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cavalo broccolo, collards, kale, kohlrabi, mizuna, mustard greens, spinach, rape greens): Apply Metarex at a rate of 5 to 25 lbs. per acre. Use the higher rate when pest pressure is high. The maximum application rate is 25 lbs. per acre (1.0 lb ai/A) per application. A maximum of 3 applications are permitted at a minimum retreatment interval of 14 days. See entire label.

Tomatoes: Apply Metarex at a rate of 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 3 applications are permitted at a minimum retreatment interval of 14 days. See entire label.

Strawberries (perennials only): 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 3 applications are permitted at a minimum retreatment interval of 14 days. See entire label.

Blueberries and Caneberries: (bingleberry, black raspberry, blackberry, boysenberry, dewberry, lowberry, marionberry, olallieberry, red raspberry, youngberry) and other berries (currant, elderberry, gooseberry, huckleberry, loganberry, lingonberry, juneberry, salal): Apply Metarex at a rate of 6.5 to 20 lbs. per acre. The maximum application rate is 20 lbs. per acre (0.8 lb ai/A) per application. A maximum of 3 applications are permitted at a minimum retreatment interval of 14 days. See entire label.

Specimen Labels and Safety Data Sheets

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Clover Grown for Seed

Vetch Grown for Seed

Brassica Grown for Seed

States Target Species / Use Pattern 24(c) SLN No. Labels SDS Usage Period Expires
OR Slugs & Snails (Broadcast) on Clover, Vetch, and other crops grown for seed OR-140005 Labels (Eng) SDS (Eng) N/A 12-31-19

Photo Credits: Clover: Oregon State University Extension, Vetch: Danielle Treadwell, Univ. of Florida, eXtension.org, Brassica: DeNoble Farm Fresh, Tillamook OR