• Low toxicity,
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Some agricultural uses


  • Slow to work
  • Limited availability
  • Requires low-volume spreader

Active Ingredient: 0.011% abamectin

Similar Products: other slow-acting products (Extinguish, Esteem etc.)

Application Rate, Broadcast: 1 lb. per acre

Speed of Control: slow, 2 – 6 months

Duration of Control: one to two applications per year is usually sufficient, varies with reinvasion pressure

Approximate product cost: $15 – $20 per acre

Best used for: Some agricultural crops and commercial turf, and many vegetable crops (see label)

Best season for application: spring or summer, fall application may not eliminate colonies until the following spring

Sources: professional pest control and agricultural suppliers

Toxicity: very low

Agricultural Uses: Many tree fruit and nuts such as bearing citrus, almond, walnut and potato and many vegetable crops (see label). Not for grazing land.

Mixing with other products: not labeled or recommended

General Comments: a slow-acting IGR-like compound that may work somewhat faster than Extinguish® or Esteem®.  These products are marketed to professional pest control operators.  The active ingredient abamectin has been shown to cause a halt in fire ant egg production.

Manufacturer: Syngenta

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This site is intended to cover only broadcast-applied fire ant control products and slow acting fipronil containing granular products. Literally dozens of products are available as individual mound treatments. Contact your local Extension Agent or return to for more information on individual mound treatments.

Because of the constantly changing availability of fire ant insecticides, it is virtually impossible to include every product on the market. Mention of a product on this site does not imply an endorsement by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the Southern Region IPM Center or any cooperating state. Lack of mention does not imply that the product is not an effective fire ant control product.


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