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Vantal Upgrade Miticide/Insecticide


APVMA Code: 67524

Active Constituent(s):  36 g/L abamectin
Registered For:

 Commercial use

 Domestic use


Vantal Upgrade Miticide/Insecticide is a 36 g/L oil in water emulsion abamectin formulation for the control of certain mites and insect pests in horticultural crops and cotton as per the label.

Chemical Group macrocylic lactone


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General Instructions


Insecticide Resistance Warning


For insecticide resistance management Vantal Upgrade is a Group 6 insecticide. Some naturally occurring insect biotypes resistant to Vantal Upgrade and other Group 6 insecticides may exist through normal genetic variability in any insect population. The resistant individuals can eventually dominate the insect population if Vantal Upgrade and other Group 6 insecticides are used repeatedly. The effectiveness of Vantal Upgrade 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 failure of Vantal Upgrade to control resistant insects. Vantal Upgrade may be subject to specific resistance management strategies. For further information contact your supplier, FMC representative or local agricultural department agronomist.


Crop Specific Strategy: Vantal Upgrade should not be applied more than the following number of times:


Apples, Capsicums, Citrus, Hops, Pears: One spray per season


Cotton, Cucumber, Eggplants, Squash, Strawberries, Zucchini: Two sprays per season


Tomatoes: Two sprays per crop if mites are present, five sprays if mites are not present


In addition, Vantal Upgrade should not be applied in two consecutive seasons or crops without an unrelated chemical being used in between. Alternate Vantal Upgrade with approved miticides from other chemical groups. Consult your chemical supplier or technical consultant for advice on chemical groups.


Crop Monitoring

Effective control depends upon regular monitoring of crops. Check crops regularly (every 3 to 5 days) during the season.


Mixing & Application


Measure the required amount of Vantal Upgrade, add to the partly filled spray tank, and then add the remainder of the water. If oil is recommended, add this after the Vantal Upgrade is well mixed. Wetting agent is not required.


Application to Cotton

Apply by ground spraying equipment or by fixed wing aircraft in a minimum volume of 20 L/ha. Vantal Upgrade is not systemic making good coverage essential.


Air: Apply by air when there is a reliable cross-wind to assist with good penetration into the crop canopy. Application should be carried out in the cooler parts of the day or night.

Preferably use aircraft fitted with Micronair atomisers.


Ground: Use inter-row droppers fitted with nozzles spraying towards the cotton rows. Inter-row nozzles should be level with or just below the canopy.


Application to apples, pears and citrus

Mixing instructions for apple and pear applications:


To achieve 375 mL Vantal Upgrade + 5 L Summer oil/ha apply spray at the following mixing rates (Rate/100L required):


1000L/ha (minimum) -  37.5 mL (Vantal Upgrade) - 500 mL (Summer Oil) 

1500 L/ha  - 25 mL (Vantal Upgrade) - 335 mL (Summer Oil)

2000 L/ha  - 18.75 mL (Vantal Upgrade) - 250 mL (Summer Oil)

2500 L/ha  - 15 mL (Vantal Upgrade) - 200 mL (Summer Oil)


Crop Safety:Vantal Upgrade plus summer oil has very occasionally caused slight fruit russetting on some pear varieties particularly Anjou and other sensitive varieties when used alone or when other products are applied sequentially. A very small amount of temporary apple fruit blemishing has been associated with low water volume applications. DO NOT apply Vantal Upgrade to apples or pears before or after applications of Delan® or captan. The Directions for Use and Precautions on summer oil labels should be followed carefully. Certain conditions may play a part in the occurrence of this damage.


DO NOT make applications:

• when temperatures exceed 28ºC or are expected to exceed 28ºC within 48 hours after application,

• under poor or slow drying conditions, or

• with equipment that may leave large droplets on fruit after application.


Application by dilute spraying

  • Use a sprayer designed to apply high volumes of water up to the point of runoff 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.


Application by 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 (i.e. 1500 L ÷ 500 L = 3)

(iv)  If the dilute label rate is 15 mL/100 L, then the concentrate rate becomes 3 x 15 that is 45 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.



Vantal Upgrade is compatible with Summer Spray Oils, Vegetable oils, thiodicarb, methomyl, amitraz and with most commonly used insecticides and fungicides. DO NOT apply with ULV formulations. Mixtures with more than one of the above are not recommended. As formulations of other manufacturers’ products are beyond the control of FMC and the quality of water may vary with location, all mixtures should be tested prior to mixing commercial quantities.




DO NOT use if rainfall is expected before spray has dried as reduced efficacy may result.


DO NOT apply to cotton under visible stress.


DO NOT make more than two applications to cotton in any one season. Refer to the Insecticide Resistance Warning.


Protection of wildlife, fish, crustaceans and environment

DO NOT apply under weather conditions, or from spraying equipment, that may cause spray to drift from the target area. Dangerous to fish and other aquatic organisms. DO NOT contaminate streams, rivers or waterways with the chemical or used containers. Dangerous to bees.


DO NOT spray any plants in flower while bees are foraging. Studies indicate that when abamectin comes into contact with soil it readily and tightly binds to the soil and becomes inactive over time.


Storage & Disposal


Store in the closed, original container in a cool, well-ventilated area. Do NOT store for prolonged periods in direct sunlight. Triple or (preferably) pressure rinse containers before disposal. Add rinsings to the 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 to 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 not burn empty containers or product.


Safety Directions


Harmful if swallowed. Will irritate the eyes and skin. Avoid contact with eyes and skin. When opening the container and preparing the product for use and using the product, wear cotton overalls buttoned to the neck and wrist (or equivalent clothing) and elbow-length chemical resistant gloves and face shield or goggles.

When opening the container and preparing the product for use by aerial application wear cotton overalls buttoned to the neck and wrist (or equivalent clothing) and elbow length chemical resistant gloves and half facepiece respirator and goggles.

If applying the product by spraying equipment carried on the back of the user wear cotton overalls over normal clothing buttoned to the neck and wrist and a washable hat and elbow length chemical resistant gloves and a half facepiece respirator and goggles.

Wash hands after use. After each day’s use, wash gloves, respirator and if rubber wash with detergent and warm water and face shield or goggles and contaminated clothing.




Re-entry Period

Do not allow entry into treated areas until the 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 day’s use.


General Safety Precautions

Do not use human flaggers/markers unless they are protected by engineering controls such as enclosed cabs.


DISCLAIMER: This is not the VANTAL 36 EW 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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