Metaflumizone: A new insecticide for urban insect control from BASF
  Key Words  
  Semicarbazone, ant, termite,cockroach
  C.D. Klein and H. Oloumi
  Metaflumizone (proposed common name) is a high performance insecticide submitted for crop registration approval in the USA in 2004. Other key country registration submissions are expected to follow the USA application.Toxicological and environmental studies indicate that there is low risk to applicators and handlers and nontarget invertebrates including beneficial insects and pollinators. In addition, metaflumizone exhibits outstanding efficacy on a variety of urban pests. Metaflumizone is a representative of the semicarbazone class of chemistry and has a novel mode of action, making it an ideal candidate insecticide for urban pest control and insect resistance management. Laboratory studies with bait formulations of metaflumizone conducted on nuisance ants (Crematogaster spp., Linepithema humile, and Camponotus floridanus), subterranean termites (Reticulitermes flavipes), red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta), and German cockroach (Blatella germanica) have shown excellent potency. Field trials with bait formulations have shown excellent control on S. invicta and nuisance ants, comparable in efficacy to the leading market standards.