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Mole Product Alert

July 2, 2015
by Rick Brandenburg

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Recent changes in North Carolina pesticide law now make it possible to use some chemicals to control moles in turf.  Currently the manufacturers are submitting their products for registration, and some products have already been approved for use and may be available soon.  Other products are still awaiting approval.

Perhaps the best way to approach this is to contact your local distributor and see what they have available for sale and use in NC.  Before using any of these products, READ THE LABEL to make sure that the packaging has the ‘revised label’ saying it can be used at turfgrass sites in NC.  Additionally, some of these products may also be labeled as RUPs, and/or have other restrictions, so make sure you have the appropriate applicator’s license.

Approved Mole Products

There are some new mole product registrations since the passing of the new regulation:

Product Name

EPA Reg. No.

Registration Status

MESSINA WILDLIFE'S MOLE STOPPER SMOKE

39775-4

APPROVED - NEW

MOTOMCO MOLE KILLER - GRUB FORMULATION

12455-101-3240

APPROVED - NEW

MOTOMCO MOLE KILLER - WORM FORMULATION

12455-101-3240

APPROVED - NEW

TALPIRID

12455-101

APPROVED - NEW

TOMCAT MOLE & GOPHER BAIT

12455-30-3240

APPROVED - NEW

TOMCAT MOLE KILLER - GRUB FORMULATION

12455-101-3240

APPROVED - NEW

TOMCAT MOLE KILLER - WORM FORMULATION

12455-101-3240

APPROVED - NEW

Some other products registered in previous years have moles on the label, but the label also restricts the use to controlling rats only in NC.  Most likely those companies will amend their labels to remove that restriction.  If you need to see the regulation it can be found on page 17 at:

http://reports.oah.state.nc.us/ncac/title%2002%20-%20agriculture%20and%20consumer%20services/chapter%2009%20-%20food%20and%20drug%20protection/subchapter%20l/subchapter%20l%20rules.pdf

No Shortage of Insects
by Rick L. Brandendburg

There was a lot of talk about the cold winter and how that would delay insects and perhaps there might even be fewer insects this summer. This past week I have seen more green June beetles flying around earlier than I can ever remember.  Cold winters do very little to impact our insect populations.  This is a perfect example. More information on green June beetles and white grub control can be found at http://www.turffiles.ncsu.edu/Insects/White_Grubs.aspx