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Talstar 250 EC



APVMA code: 60987

Active Constituent(s):

250 g/L bifenthrin

Solvent: 640 g/L hydrocarbon liquid

Registered For:



 Commercial use

 Domestic use

Overview: Controls insect pests and mites of apricots, bananas, barley, canola, citrus, clover, cotton, cucurbits, faba beans, field peas, grapes, lucerne, lucerne seed crops, lupins, navy beans, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, poppies, subterranean clover, sugarcane, tomatoes and wheat.

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General Instructions


Talstar 250 EC 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 Talstar 250 EC 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.




DO NOT use as a foliar spray in banana plantations and orchards where mite predators or other beneficials are established and providing effective mite control and/or other pest control.

DO NOT apply as a foliar treatment if rainfall is expected before spray deposits dry on leaf surfaces.

DO NOT apply to bananas by aircraft.

DO NOT use on cucurbit crops grown in covered or protected situations such as glasshouses, greenhouses or plastic tunnels.


Withholding Periods


Cucurbits, Tomatoes, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Apricots: DO NOT HARVEST FOR 1 DAY AFTER APPLICATION.

Bananas: For Ground Applications - DO NOT HARVEST FOR 1 DAY AFTER APPLICATION.







Canola, Subterranean Clover, Clover, Field Peas, Faba Beans, Wheat, Barley, Lucerne, Lupins: DO NOT GRAZE OR CUT FOR STOCK FOOD FOR 4 WEEKS AFTER APPLICATION.


Citrus, Grapes, Poppies, Sugarcane, Sweet potatoes: NOT REQUIRED WHEN USED AS DIRECTED.




Talstar 250 EC 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.


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 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:

(a) 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.

(b) Set up and operate the sprayer to achieve even coverage throughout the crop canopy using your chosen water volume.

(c) Determine an appropriate dilute spray volume (See Dilute Spraying above) for the crop canopy. This is needed to calculate the concentrate mixing rate.

(d) The mixing rate for concentrate spraying can then be calculated in the following way:


Example only

1. Dilute spray volume as determined above: For example 1000 L/ha.

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

3. The concentration factor in this example is: 2 X (ie. 1000L ÷ 500L = 2).

4. If the dilute label rate is 50 mL/100L, then the concentrate rate becomes 2 x 50, that is 100 mL /100L of concentrate spray.


(e) The chosen spray volume, amount of product per 100L of water, and the sprayer set up and operation may need to be changed as the crop grows.

(f) For further information on concentrate spraying, users are advised to consult relevant industry guidelines, undertake appropriate competency training and follow industry Best Practices.


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 applications to - e.g. cereals, canola, grain legumes, lucerne, poppies, subterranean clover: 50-200 L/ha.

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

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


High volume directed spray:

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

Foliar sprays to bananas: 300 to 500 L/ha.

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


Soil Applied Sprays:


1) High volume application


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

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

Citrus: 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 2500L/ha).


2) 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 leafeating 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 480mm) under tree, shake branches vigorously, repeat on ten randomly selected trees throughout orchid. If 25 beetles or more are recorded in consecutive counts, treatment is required.




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




Talstar 250 EC is compatible with commonly used fungicides such as Dithane M45+, Antracol+, Barrack, Bravo+ and the herbicides - Sprayseed+, Broadstrike+, Spinnaker+, Simagranz+, Dual+, Sencor+, Glean+, Logran+ and Stomp+.




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



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.


Insecticide Resistance Warning


For insecticide resistance management Talstar 250 EC is a Group 3A insecticide. Some naturally occurring insect biotypes resistant to Talstar 250 EC 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 Talstar 250 EC or other Group 3A insecticides are used repeatedly. The effectiveness of Talstar 250 EC on resistant individuals could be significantly reduced. Since 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 Talstar 250 EC to control resistant insects. Talstar 250 EC may be subject to specific resistance management strategies. For further information contact your local supplier, FMC representative or local agricultural department agronomist.


Stone Fruit Export Advice


Export of Treated Stone Fruit – Some export markets do not have suitable Maximum Residue Limits or import tolerances in place. Please contact FMC or the Australian Fresh Stone Fruit Growers Association prior to using this product on crops destined for export.


Re-Entry to Treated Fields/Crops


Do not allow entry into treated areas until spray 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 days use.


Protection of wildlife, fish, crustaceans and environment


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


Protection of Livestock


Dangerous to bees. DO NOT spray any plants in flower while bees are foraging. Spray in the early morning when bees are not actively foraging.


Storage and Disposal


Store in the closed, original container in a cool, well-ventilated area. Do not store for prolonged periods in direct sunlight. Store in a locked room or place away from children, animals, food, feedstuffs, seed and fertilisers. Triple or preferably pressure rinse empty containers before disposal or recycling. 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 bury empty containers in a local authority landfill. If no landfill is available, bury the containers below 500mm in a disposal pit specifically marked and set up for this purpose clear of water ways, desirable vegetation and tree roots. Empty containers and product should not be burnt.


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 and a washable hat, and 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.


DISCLAIMER: This is not the TALSTAR 250 EC 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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