Insecticide controls ABW

 Syngenta has launched Ference insecticide to help golf course superintendents systemically control annual bluegrass weevil (ABW) at all larval stages (one through five). Ference offers increased control of ABW through the enhanced Syngenta Optimum Control Strategy found on

The active ingredient in Ference, cyantraniliprole, will control larvae inside the stem (first to second instar) and larvae outside the stem (third to fifth instar). Because Ference controls all larval stages, it is especially well-suited to control the asynchronous summer populations.

Ference is in the same class of chemistry found in Acelepryn insecticide and can stop damaging feeding of young larvae within minutes after ingestion of treated turf. It can be applied to all turfgrass areas on the golf course, including tee-box areas, roughs, fairways, greens and collars.

“The active ingredient in Ference provides a new, extremely effective management tool for superintendents dealing with ABW infestations, particularly when multiple generations, or asynchronous populations, are present,” says Dr. Mike Agnew, technical manager for Syngenta Turf and Landscape. “As insect resistance to pyrethroids continues to grow, we have to integrate alternative chemistries into our pest control strategies.”

Ference works in tandem with Acelepryn, Provaunt and Scimitar GC insecticides as part of the Syngenta Optimum Control Strategy, which can be followed through
Weevil Trak and the Optimum Control Strategy are supported by seven independent entomologists and 38 key turfgrass consultants across the Northeast.