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EPA exempts pesticide for use in fighting crazy ants

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A quarantine exemption has been issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the expanded use of Termidor SC Termiticide/Insecticide EPA Reg. No. 7969-210 to aid in the control of an invasive crazy ant species, Nylanderia sp.nr. Pubens, commonly referred to as raspberry or tawny crazy ants.

This exemption will allow for treatments to be made to the exterior of manmade structures in Jackson, Hancock and Harrison counties. The counties covered by the exemption are the only areas that the ant has been positively identified to date.

The registered product, Termidor SC, which is manufactured by BASF Corporation, must only be applied by certified pest control operators. This exemption will expire Nov. 1, 2015.

The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce’s Bureau of Plant Industry has authority under the provisions of Section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to obtain an exemption from EPA for a non-labeled use of a pesticide if labeled products are not available or effective.

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