This original announcement was published by the EPA on October 30, 2020. Click here for more information.
EPA is proposing to register pesticide products containing the new active ingredient broflanilide.
Broflanilide is an insecticide designed to control soil-dwelling insects (ex. corn rootworm larvae, seedcorn maggot, white grubs, and wireworms) on corn and tuberous and corm vegetables. It can also be used as seed treatment to control wireworms on cereal grains.
EPA is also proposing to use bloflanilide for control of flies, ants, bedbugs, cockroaches, termites and other insects in industrial, commercial and residential areas.
EPA has not identified any risks of concern for human health.
EPA is proposing specific mitigations to address potential ecological risks to bees. These include advisory language to reduce exposure to pollinators from spray drift by using ultra coarse spray nozzles, directions for use for treated seed to reduce exposure to birds and mammals, and the use of a vegetative buffer strip within 15 feet of waterbodies to address risks to aquatic invertebrates.
To read more about the proposed registration of broflanilide and to comment, see docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2018-0053 at www.regulations.gov. The public comment period will be open for 30 days, closing on November 29, 2020.