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Bifenthrin 250 EC


APVMA Code :59353

Active Constituent(s): 250g/L bifenthrin
Registered For:


 Commercial use

 Domestic use

Overview: For the control of Helicoverpa spp. in cotton, tomatoes, lucerne seed crops, navy beans; certain species of mites in bananas, cotton and tomatoes; longtailed mealy bug in pears; banana weevil borer and banana rust thrips in bananas; and other pests as per the label

Chemical Group pyrethroid


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General Instructions


Cheminova Bifenthrin 250 Insecticide/Miticide is a contact and residual insecticide/miticide. It can be used as a protective treatment when applied at regular intervals or as a knockdown treatment to control existing pests. Best results are obtained when Cheminova Bifenthrin 250EC is applied before pest populations build up to damaging levels.

This product is not suitable for use in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs where mite or other insect predators or parasites are established and providing effective mite and other insect control.



Cheminova Bifenthrin 250EC contains a surfactant. Additional surfactant may only be necessary on hard to wet plants and in high volume situations.




Cheminova Bifenthrin 250EC may be applied by either ground rig or aircraft. Thorough coverage is essential to ensure adequate control. DO NOT apply as a fog or mist.


1. Tree and Vine Crops



Dilute Spraying:

 Use a sprayer designed to apply high volumes of water up to the point of run-off and matched to the crop being sprayed. Set up and operate the sprayer to achieve even coverage throughout the crop canopy. Apply sufficient water to cover the crop to point of run-off. Avoid excessive run-off. The required water volume may be determined by applying different test volumes, using different settings on the sprayer, from industry guidelines or expert advice. Add the amount of product specified in the Directions for Use table for each 100 L of water. Spray to the point of run-off. The required dilute spray volume will change and the sprayer set up and operation may also need to be changed, as the crop grows.


Concentrate spraying:

Use a sprayer designed and set up for concentrate spraying (that is a sprayer which applies water volumes less than those required to reach the point of run-off) and matched to the crop being sprayed. Set up and operate the sprayer to achieve even coverage throughout the crop canopy using your chosen water volume. Determine an appropriate dilute spray volume (see dilute spraying above) for the crop canopy. This is needed to calculate the concentrate mixing rate. The mixing rate for concentrate spraying can then be calculated in the following way:



i) Dilute spray volume as determined above: For example 1500 L/ha

ii) Your chosen concentrate spray volume: For example 500 L/ha

iii) The concentration factor in this example is: 3 x (ie 1500 L  500 L = 3)

iv) If the dilute label rate is 10 mL/100 L, then the concentrate rate becomes 3 x 10, that is 30 mL/100 L of concentrate spray.

The chosen spray volume, amount of product per 100 L of water, and the sprayer set up and operation may need to be changed as the crop grows. For further information on concentrate spraying, users are advised to consult the relevant industry guidelines, undertake appropriate competency training and follow industry Best Practices.


2. Other crops


Ground Application:

Applications should be made as a fine spray preferably using hollow cone nozzles and a droplet size of 150 to 200 microns. The application volume will depend on the type of crop to be treated. The following are suggested:

Low volume broadacre application to – e.g. cereals, canola, grain legumes, lucerne, subterranean clover: 50-200 L/ha.

Low volume row crops applications to cotton, tomatoes, navy beans: 50-200 L/ha.

High volume applications to row crops – e.g. trellised tomatoes: 200 – 1500 L/ha except as noted in critical comments. Use 200 L/ha from transplanting increasing to 1500 L/ha at maturity.

High volume directed spray:

Grapes: Apply by hand application, using a high volume coarse spray of 500 mL/vine. (e.g. at approx. 2500 vines/ha = 1250 L/ha).

Foliar sprays to bananas: 300 to 500 L/ha

High volume application to stone fruit: 1000 to 2000 L/ha


Soil Applied Sprays:

High volume application


Stool treatment: Apply as a coarse spray at 500-750 mL per stool.

Band treatment: Apply as a band application with a side delivery boom and offset nozzles – 1L of spray solution per stool.


Apply as a high volume, directed spray to the ground under each tree. For optimum control apply to both sides of the tree. Total spray volume should be 5 to 10 L/tree (e.g. at 250 trees/ha = 1250 to 2500 L/ha).


In furrow applications:

Cotton & Sugarcane: Use a coarse spray: 60 to 100 L/ha as a band over the seed or sett before covering with soil – refer to critical comments for details.


Aerial Application:

Use at least 20 L/ha of total spray volume. Spray during the cooler parts of the day or night. To reduce possibility of drift avoid spraying in calm conditions or when wind is light and variable. Preferably, spray in a crosswind. Use suitable application equipment and/or nozzles to deliver a fine spray with a droplet size of 150 to 200 microns.

A spraydrift minimisation strategy should be employed at all times when aerially applying sprays to, or near, sensitive areas. The strategy envisaged is best exemplified by the cotton industry’s Best Management Practice manual.



Post-emergence monitoring of Citrus leaf eating weevil populations: At first sign of major beetle emergence in mid October commence monitoring at 1 to 2 week intervals. Place polystyrene fruit box (330 x 480 mm) under tree, shake branches vigorously, repeat on ten randomly selected trees throughout orchard. If 25 beetles or more are recorded in consecutive counts, treatment is required.




Add the required quantity of Cheminova Bifenthrin 250EC to water in the spray tank and mix thoroughly. Maintain agitation during mixing and application.



 Cheminova Bifenthrin 250EC is compatible with commonly used fungicides such as Cheminova Mancozeb 750WG, propineb, chlorothalonil and the herbicides – Cheminova Paraquat 250SL, flumetsulam, Cheminova Janitor 700WG, Cheminova Simazine 900 WG, Cheminova Chaser, Stag, Cheminova Chlorsulfuron 750WG, triasulfuron and pendimethalin.


Resistance Warning


For insecticide resistance management Cheminova Bifenthrin 250 Insecticide/Miticide is a Group 3A insecticide. Some naturally occurring insect biotypes resistant to Cheminova Bifenthrin 250EC and other Group 3A insecticides may exist through normal genetic variability in any insect population. The resistant individuals can eventually dominate the insect population if Cheminova Bifenthrin 250EC or other Group 3A insecticides are used repeatedly. The effectiveness of Cheminova Bifenthrin 250EC on resistant individuals could be significantly reduced. Since occurrence of resistant individuals is difficult to detect prior to use, CheminovaPty Ltd. accepts no liability for any loses that may result from the failure of Cheminova Bifenthrin 250EC to control resistant insects.


Cheminova Bifenthrin 250EC may be subject to specific resistance management strategies. For further information contact your local supplier, Cheminova representative or local agricultural department agronomist.



Protection of wildlife, fish, crustaceans and environment

 Dangerous to fish and aquatic organisms. DO NOT contaminate dams, rivers, streams, waterways or drains with this product or the used container. Tail drains which flow from treated areas should be prevented from entering the river systems.




Helicoverpa (= Heliothis) armigera

resistance in Northern NSW and Qld. To help contain pyrethroid resistance in H. armigera, the Summer Crop Insecticide Strategy as developed by the Qld Department of Primary Industries and NSW Agriculture should be adhered to. Failure to observe the strategy may result in widespread resistance affecting the future viability of summer cropping.


Safety Directions


Attacks eyes. Poisonous if swallowed. Harmful if inhaled. Will irritate the skin. Avoid contact with eyes and skin. DO NOT inhale vapour. When opening the container and preparing spray, wear cotton overalls buttoned to the neck and wrist, elbow-length PVC gloves and goggles. If applying by hand, wear cotton overalls over normal clothing, buttoned to the neck and wrist, and a washable hat and elbow-length PVC gloves. If product in eyes, wash it out immediately with water. Wash hands after use. After each day’s use, wash gloves, goggles and contaminated clothing.


Storage and Disposal

Store in the closed original container, in a cool well venilated area. DO NOT store for prolonged periods in direct sunlight. This container can be recycled if it is clean, dry, free of visible residues and has the drumMUSTER logo visible. Triple or preferably pressure rinse containers before disposal. Dispose of rinsate by adding it to the spray tank. DO NOT dispose of undiluted chemical on site. Wash outside of the container and the cap. Store cleaned container in a sheltered place with cap removed. It will then be acceptable for recycling at any drumMUSTER collection point or similar container management program site. The cap should not be replaced but may be taken separately. If not recycling, break, crush, or puncture and deliver empty packaging to an approved waste management facility. If an approved waste management facility is not available, bury the empty packaging 500mm below the surface in a disposal pit specifically marked and set up for this purpose clear of waterways, desirable vegetation and tree roots, in compliance with relevant Local, State or Territory government regulations. DO NOT burn empty containers and product.


For REFILLABLE containers (110L, 1000L): Empty contents fully into application equipment. Close all valves and return to point of supply for refill or storage.



Precautions Re-entry Period

DO NOT re-enter treated field/crop until spray deposits have dried, unless wearing cotton overalls buttoned to the neck and wrist (or equivalent clothing) and chemical resistant gloves. Clothing must be laundered after each day’s use.


Product details last updated on 3 Oct 2013


DISCLAIMER: This is not the BIFENTHRIN 250 EC INSECTICIDE/MITICIDE label. To view or print the label for this product, click the "MSDS/Label" tab at the top of this page. Always follow label instructions.


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