Fipronil: Courting Controversy

BASF’s fipronil, primarily used as a corn insecticide, has been branded as Standak in Europe and registered for use as a seed treatment for corn, cotton, dry beans, rice, soybeans and wheat. Fipronil is also available for non-crop use as a flea treatment, fruit fly attractant and for turf and ornamental applications. However, its primary use is on field corn for control of corn rootworm, thrips, weevils and other insects.

In 2009, China banned fipronil products, citing toxicity to bees, insect resistance in pests such as the rice stem borer (Chilo suppressalis) and whitebacked planthopper (Sogatella furcifera), and the replacement use of DuPont’s chlorantraniliprole. Exceptions were made for applications in hygiene, seed-coating agents and exports — which could only be produced by manufacturers that make fipronil technical. All other existing registration and production certificates for pesticide formulation containing fipronil were nullified.

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Fipronil is registered and sold in more than 70 countries for use on more than 100 crops, primarily corn, rice, potatoes and small grains.

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In April 2010, BASF filed separate lawsuits against Makhteshim Agan of North Ameica (MANA) and its subsidiary, Control Solutions, and against Cheminova and Cheminova A/S, citing imminent patent infringement in noncrop products. BASF is seeking injunctions to prevent MANA and Cheminova from selling generic fipronil termiticides.

BASF manufacturers Termidor, a fipronil-based termite control product. BASF’s chemical patent for fipronil will expire Aug. 3, and the method-of-use patents will expire in 2017. Two patents covering fipronil manufacturing processes will expire in 2023 and 2025. Both causes are expected to go to trial in early 2011.

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Anonymous says:

Dear Sir/madam,

I have a query about subterranean termite control and treatment at my home. I am in Voorhees in NJ.
I am having termite both on outside plants and lawn, and also inside of my home, making tunnels everywhere.
For this problem, which termiticide, you will recommend.? and can the product which contains the same kind/amount of active ingredient but is labelled for outdoor plant treatment be used inside of home.? Does it make any difference that if the active ingredient is the same but only the packing is labelled for different use.?
As one of my friends recommended you who bought some termiticide from you. so I will really appreciate your help in this regard, as I have extensive termite/insect infestation in my lawn and plants, and now it has also started appearing inside of my home. And I am more interested in using the same product which you will recommend, for both areas.
If the name and label doesn’t make any difference, then should/can I use the one product like “FIPRONIL”

Thanking you in anticipation.

Kind reagrds,

Waqas Anwar.

Anonymous says:

Dear Sir/madam,

I have a query about subterranean termite control and treatment at my home. I am in Voorhees in NJ.
I am having termite both on outside plants and lawn, and also inside of my home, making tunnels everywhere.
For this problem, which termiticide, you will recommend.? and can the product which contains the same kind/amount of active ingredient but is labelled for outdoor plant treatment be used inside of home.? Does it make any difference that if the active ingredient is the same but only the packing is labelled for different use.?
As one of my friends recommended you who bought some termiticide from you. so I will really appreciate your help in this regard, as I have extensive termite/insect infestation in my lawn and plants, and now it has also started appearing inside of my home. And I am more interested in using the same product which you will recommend, for both areas.
If the name and label doesn’t make any difference, then should/can I use the one product like “FIPRONIL”

Thanking you in anticipation.

Kind reagrds,

Waqas Anwar.

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