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Exirel Insecticide

APVMA approval:  64103/105292 

Active Constituent(s): 100 g/L cyantraniliprole 
Registered For:



 Commercial use

 Domestic use


For the control of certain insect pests in Citrus and Cotton, and suppression of Fuller’s rose weevil in Citrus. 


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Exirel in the Orchard


Jason Plant, citrus grower from Nangiloc in Victoria, talks about his experience using Exirel.



When applied early in pest infestation cycle, Exirel insecticide helps to keep pest populations below damaging levels.


Exirel features a unique combination of product benefits:

  • Cross spectrum activity for control of mixed pest populations

  • Selectivity for key beneficial insects

  • Rapid stop feeding giving almost immediate protection from feeding damage

  • Translaminar activity & local translocation for rainfastness and improved availability of Exirel® to targeted pests

  • New MOA for pests in Citrus and is effective against pests resistant to other insecticides

  • Low mammalian toxicity & short re-entry interval makes for convenience & minimal disruption to field operations

  • A new tool for helping manage Fuller’s rose weevil incursions in Citrus destined for the Korea - China - Thailand export market


General Instructions


Exirel insecticide is an anthranilic diamide insecticide in the form of an oil in water emulsion, and is to be mixed with water and applied as a foliar spray. Exirel is particularly active on both sucking and chewing (Lepidopteran and Coleopteran) insect pests. 

Before application monitor insect populations to determine whether or not there is a need for application of Exirel insecticide based on locally determined economic thresholds. More than one treatment of Exirel insecticide may be required to control a population of pests. 

For Helicoverpa species, spray applications should be timed with egg hatching and before larvae are entrenched in protected feeding sites. 

Exirel insecticide primarily intoxicates insect pests via ingestion, but may also have some minimal contact activity. Exposure of the pest species typically results in rapid feeding cessation within a few hours of exposure. However, the time to death and economic levels of population control may be 3 to 6 days depending upon the species. 





DO NOT apply if heavy dew is present on crops, or rainfall is expected within 2 hours of application. 


DO NOTapply if heavy rain or storms are forecast within 3 days. 

DO NOTapply to citrus until AFTER flowering. 




Integrated Pest Management



Not compatible with integrated pest management (IPM) programs utilising beneficial arthropods. Minimise spray drift to reduce harmful effects on beneficial arthropods in non-crop areas. 



Application of Exirel according to this label is expected to be safe to predatory mites, spiders and lacewings, but may have adverse effects on parasitoid wasps, ladybird beetles and rove beetles in the treated field and parasitoid wasps in downwind areas reached by spray drift. 


Insecticide Resistance Warning 


For insecticide resistance management Exirel is a Group 28 insecticide. Some naturally occurring insect biotypes resistant to Exirel and other Group 28 insecticides may exist through normal genetic variability in any insect population. The resistant individuals can eventually dominate the insect population if Exirel and other Group 28 insecticides are used repeatedly. The effectiveness of Exirelon resistant individuals could be significantly reduced. Since the occurrence of resistant individuals is difficult to detect prior to use FMC accepts no liability for any losses that may result from the failure of Exirel to control resistant insects. 


Exirel may be subject to specific resistance management strategies. To help prevent the development of resistance to Exirel observe the following instructions: 

  • Use Exirel in accordance with the current Insecticide Resistance Management (IRM) strategy for your region. 

  • Apply Exirel or other Group 28 insecticides using a “window” approach to avoid exposure of consecutive insect pest generations to the same mode of action. Multiple successive applications of Exirel® insecticide or other Group 28 insecticides are acceptable if they are used to treat a single insect generation. 

  • Following a “window” of Exirel insecticide or other Group 28 insecticides, rotate to a “window” of applications of effective insecticides with a different mode of action. 

  • The total exposure period of all “Group 28-active windows” applied throughout the crop cycle (from seedling to harvest) should not exceed 50% of the crop cycle. 

  • Incorporate IPM techniques into the overall pest management program. 

  • Monitor insect populations for loss of field efficacy. 

  • Cultivate all cotton fields as soon as possible after picking to destroy over-wintering pupae of Helicoverpa armigera. 

For further information contact your farm chemical supplier, consultant, local Department of Agriculture or Primary Industries, or local FMC Representative. 

For additional information on insect resistance, modes of action and monitoring visit the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC) on the web at www.irac-online.org 




Fill spray tank to ¼ to ½ full of water. Measure the amount of Exirel required for the area to be sprayed. Add Exirel directly to the spray tank with the agitation engaged. Mix thoroughly to disperse the insecticide. Once dispersed, the material must be kept in suspension at all times by continuous agitation. Use mechanical or hydraulic means, DO NOT use air agitation, premix or slurry. 

If spray solution is left standing, ensure thorough re-agitation of the spray mix until fully resuspended. DO NOT allow spray mix to sit overnight, as resuspension may be difficult. 


Surfactant/Wetting Agent 


Use an ethylated seed oil at 0.5% v/v, (e.g. Hasten? @ 500 mL/100 L). 

DO NOT add a non-ionic surfactant/wetting agent if: 

• mixing with another product which already contains a surfactant and/or the product label advises not to add a surfactant. 

• mixing with a liquid fertiliser 


Acidification of the Spray Tank 


If the pH of the spray tank after all products have been added and mixed is above pH 8, adjust to pH 8 or less using a registered acidifying agent. If the spray tank pH is 8 or less no adjustment of the spray tank pH is necessary. Spray tanks of pH 8 or less can be held for up to 8 hours before spraying. DO NOT store the spray mixture overnight in the spray tank. 




Exirel insecticide is compatible with many commonly used fungicides, liquid fertilisers, herbicides, insecticides, and biological control products. However, since the formulations of products are always changing, it is advisable to test the physical compatibility of desired tank mixes and check for adverse effects like settling out or flocculation. To determine the physical compatibility, add the recommended proportions of the tank mix products to water, mix thoroughly and allow to stand for 20 minutes. If the combination remains mixed, or can be re-mixed readily, it is considered physically compatible. Avoid complex tank mixtures of several products or very concentrated spray mixtures. 

The crop safety of all potential tank-mixes, including additives and other pesticides, on all crops has not been tested. Before applying any tank-mixture not specifically recommended on this label or other FMC supplemental labelling, the safety to the target crop must be confirmed. To test for crop safety, apply the combination to a small area of the target crop in accordance with the label instructions to ensure that a phytotoxic response will not occur. 


The mixing sequence recommended is: water soluble bags, dry flowable or water-dispersible granules, wettable powders, water-based suspension concentrates, water-soluble concentrates, suspo-emulsions (Exirel), oil-based suspension concentrates, emulsifiable concentrates, adjuvants and surfactants, soluble fertilisers and drift retardants. 




Use enough water to ensure thorough coverage of the crop. Adjust water volumes to crop stage. Droplet VMD should be of MEDIUM spray quality according to ASAE S572 Standard or the BCPC Guideline. 




Ground application 

Apply as a blanket spray or as a banded spray (cotton only). Use a boom sprayer fitted with high flow rate fan nozzles to apply the highest practical spray volume. Apply in a minimum spray volume of 100 L/ha. Nozzles with higher rated flows produce larger droplets. Use the lower spray pressures recommended for the nozzle. Higher pressure reduces droplet size, DOES NOT improve canopy penetration and may increase drift potential. WHEN HIGHER FLOW RATES ARE NEEDED, USE A HIGHER-CAPACITY NOZZLE INSTEAD OF INCREASING PRESSURE. A minimum spray pressure of 275 kPa (40 psi) should be used with fan nozzles applying insecticides. With most nozzle types, narrower spray angles produce larger droplets. Consider using low-drift nozzles. When applying Exirel by ground application, keep the boom low to avoid spray drift. 


Aerial application 

Exirel must only be applied with aircraft fitted with accurately calibrated equipment. Apply a minimum total spray volume of 30 L/ha with nozzles (e.g. Micronaire rotary atomisers, CP nozzles or conventional hydraulic nozzles) set to medium spray quality according to ASAE S572 definition for standard nozzles. A spray drift minimisation strategy should be employed at all times when applying this product. DO NOT apply Exirel using Ultra Low Volume (ULV) methods. 


Tree 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 the point of run-off. Avoid excessive run-off. 

  • The required 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: 


1. Dilute spray volume as determined above: For example 1500 L /ha 

2. Your chosen concentrate spray volume: For example 500 L/ha 

3. The concentration factor in this example is 3X (i.e. 1500 L ÷ 500 L = 3) 

4. If the dilute label rate is 75 mL/100 L, then the concentrate rate becomes 3 x 75, that is 225 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 relevant industry guidelines, undertake appropriate competency training and follow industry Best Practices. 


Minimising Spray Drift 

The interaction of many equipment and weather-related factors determines the potential for spray drift. The applicator must consider all these factors when making application decisions. The most effective way to reduce drift potential and maintain efficacy is to apply a volume mean diameter (VMD) 285 - 300 microns. 

The best drift management strategy is to apply the largest droplets that provide sufficient coverage and control. APPLYING LARGER DROPLETS REDUCES DRIFT POTENTIAL, BUT WILL NOT MINIMISE DRIFT IF APPLICATIONS ARE MADE IMPROPERLY OR UNDER UNFAVOURABLE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS. When making applications in hot and dry conditions, set up equipment to produce larger droplets to reduce effects of evaporation. 

DO NOT apply when wind speed is less than 3 or more than 20 kilometres per hour at the application site. 


Spray Equipment Cleanout 

Prior to application, start with clean, well-maintained application equipment. Immediately following application, thoroughly clean all spray equipment to reduce the risk of forming hardened deposits which might become difficult to remove. Drain spray equipment. Thoroughly rinse sprayer and flush hoses, boom, and nozzles with clean water. 

Clean all other associated application equipment. Take all necessary safety precautions when cleaning equipment. DO NOTclean near wells, water sources or desirable vegetation. Dispose of waste rinse water in accordance with local regulations. 



Protection of Crops, Native and other Non-Target Plants


DO NOTapply under weather conditions, or from spraying equipment, that may cause spray to drift onto near-by non-target plants/crops, cropping lands or pastures. 

IMPORTANT: Not all crops within a crop group, and not all varieties, cultivars or hybrids of crops, have been individually tested for crop safety. To test for crop safety, apply the product in accordance with the label instructions to a small area of the target crop to ensure that a phytotoxic response will not occur, especially where the application is a new use of the product by the applicator. 


Protection of Honey Bees and Other Insect Pollinators


Highly toxic to bees. In order to protect insect pollinators, refer to “Directions for Use” for crop specific application restrictions. DO NOT spray where bees from managed hives are known to be foraging. DO NOT allow spray drift to flowering weeds or flowering crops in the vicinity of the treatment area. Before spraying notify beekeepers to move hives to a safe location with an untreated source of nectar and pollen, if there is potential for managed hives to be affected by the spray or spray drift. Risk to bees is reduced by spraying early morning and late evening while bees are not foraging. 


Protection of Wildlife, Fish, Crustaceans and Environment


Very toxic to aquatic life. DO NOTcontaminate wetlands or watercourses with the product or used containers. 


Storage and Disposal


Store in the closed, original container in a dry, well-ventilated area, as cool as possible out of direct sunlight. 

Triple or preferably pressure rinse containers before disposal. Add rinsings to spray tank. DO NOT dispose of undiluted chemicals on site. If recycling, replace cap and return clean containers to recycler or designated collection point. If not recycling, break, crush, or puncture and deliver empty packaging for appropriate disposal at an approved waste management facility. If an approved waste management facility is not available, bury the empty packaging 500 mm 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 NOTburn empty containers or product. 




DO NOT allow entry into treated areas until the product has 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. 



DO NOTuse human flaggers/markers unless they are protected by engineering controls such as vehicles with enclosed cabs. 


Safety Directions


May irritate the eyes. Will irritate the skin. Repeated exposure may cause allergic disorders. Avoid contact with eyes and skin. When opening the container and preparing spray and using the prepared spray, wear cotton overalls buttoned to the neck and wrist (or equivalent clothing) and chemical resistant gloves. Wash hands after use. After each day’s use wash gloves and contaminated clothing. 


First Aid


If poisoning occurs, contact a doctor or Poisons Information Centre. Phone Australia 13 11 26. 



DISCLAIMER: This is not the EXIREL 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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