RE: Fertilizer Bills

The fertilizer bills introduced by Representative Bryan Nelson and Senator Dave Aronberg were both defeated in the last legislative session. The efforts of CPCO and others were stymied by some old-fashioned back door politics and maneuvers. The hope of a statewide rule on fertilizer application, with enforcement by DACS, died with the bills. Now we will have to go back to fighting individual battles with counties and cities.

On Tuesday, May 13th the Lee County Council passed an ordinance limiting the application of fertilizer to turfgrass. The ordinance follows the pattern set by Sarasota County, but adds a few twists. The measure does not take effect until next year, so we will have time to decide how to provide the service our customers need and adapt our treatments accordingly. The ordinance affects our industry as well as consumers. How they are going to enforce these rules on the homeowners is anyone’s guess. As we have discussed before, the “domino” effect of counties and cities adopting ordinances will have a negative impact on our industry.

Key points of the Lee County Ordinance are:

1) A four (4) month blackout, June-September on application of nitrogen and phosphorus
2) All fertilizer applied must be 50% slow release
3) A 10-foot setback from the top of any body of water or swale
4) The ordinance will go into effect in one year
5) Fines for non-compliance will be $100, $250 and $500
6) New plantings are excluded, EXCEPT TURF
7) Applicators will have to pass a Lee County BMP based course and obtain an ID card.

Public ball fields and golf courses are exempt.

The counties and locales that have already passed ordinances include:
Sanibel Island

Counties on the list to follow:
St. Lucie

CPCO is working with leaders in the L&O industry to provide you with the strategies required to meet these new challenges. This is, unfortunately, only the tip of the iceberg.
Stay tuned for more information in this continuing drama.

Premise® Receives EPA Registration for Perimeter Treatments
New Labeling Adds Another Weapon to PMP Termiticide Arsenal

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC (May 9, 2007) - Bayer Environmental Science recently announced that EPA has granted the registration for Premise Perimeter application.

“We are excited about this new Premise registration as the new labeling offers PMPs even more flexibility in the way they use Premise,” says Dan Meek, business manager for Premise Termite Control. “The Perimeter labeling means that PMPs can now offer their customers the proven performance of Premise with a less intrusive treatment that saves them both time and money.”

Premise is the original non-repellent, with over ten years of real world performance and the most formulation options available, including Premise Granules and Premise Foam.

At press, Bayer has submitted for state approval. For more information, contact your local Bayer Sales Representative, Bayer Distributor or call 1-800-331-2867.

Maxforce® Fly Spot Bait Now Available
Flies Dead in 60 Seconds or Less

Research Triangle Park, N.C. - April 13, 2007 - Maxforce® Fly Spot Bait from Bayer Environmental Science is now available. The product comes in two convenient package sizes: two-ounce packets (50 per case) which make 16 ounces of ready-to-use spray and a 1 lb. plastic bottle (6 per case).
Maxforce Fly Spot Bait gives PMPs the opportunity to provide superior fly control in a variety of settings that previously could not be treated with fly baits, including commercial dining rooms, outside homes and around pet areas. It can also be used in and around agricultural livestock production facilities.
Maxforce Fly Spot Bait can be sprayed or painted onto surfaces, killing flies in 60 seconds or less and providing up to six weeks of control indoors and up to 14 days when applied around the outside of residences or commercial buildings.
Maxforce Fly Spot Bait attracts flies with powerful attractants combined with the active ingredient imidacloprid. Additionally, Maxforce Fly Spot Bait contains BitrexTM, a bittering agent designed to minimize ingestion by non-target animals.
“PMPs across the country have already enjoyed great success with Maxforce Granular Fly Bait. With this new formulation, PMPs can offer their customers additional, more convenient options for fly control that can result in additional revenue,” says Gordon Morrison, Maxforce Insecticides Market Manager for Bayer.
For more information, contact your local Bayer ES sales representative or Bayer customer service at 1-800-331-2867.