Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Avid® miticide/insecticide
different from Flagship® insecticide?
Avid miticide/insecticide is the industry standard for control of leafminers and
mites. It also provides suppression of aphids, thrips, and whiteflies. Avid has
a unique mode of action and chemistry that makes it ideal for a resistance
management program. Flagship is labeled for control of whiteflies, aphids,
fungus gnats, ants, soft scales, and mealybugs. Used at low use rates, it works
through contact and ingestion activity. Unlike Avid, Flagship can be applied in
granular applications or as a foliar spray or media drench due to the fast
systemic movement throughout the plant.
How can Avid and Flagship work
together successfully in my rotational program?
Since both products have different modes of action, they can be used
successfully in a rotational program.
If I rotate between Avid and
Flagship in my insect management program, how many different insects am I
Together, Avid and Flagship are ideal for rotation in resistance management
programs. In a program, the products control over 20 major insects, including
whiteflies, aphids, fungus gnats, ants, soft scales, and mealybugs, and
What is the mode of action of Avid?
Avid contains abamectin as its active ingredient and is in the glycoside class
of chemistry listed in the MOA Group 6. Abamectin is a GABA (Gamma Amino
Butyric Acid) agonist that results in the blocking of insects' nerve signals.
The pests stop feeding, become paralyzed, and eventually die. Through
translaminar activity, Avid actually penetrates the plant tissue and forms a
reservoir of active ingredient inside the leaf cuticle. This reservoir protects
the plant against pests that feed on foliage.
What is the mode of action of
Flagship contains thiamethoxam as its active ingredient, which is in the
neonicotinoid class of chemistry listed in the MOA Group 4. Thiamethoxam has
contact and ingestion activity on all stages of insect development, except the
egg stage. A type of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) has been
identified as the target site for neonicotinoids. Soon after ingestion, feeding
stops and insect mortality occurs in one to two days.
Thiamethoxam has a low molecular weight, low octanol-water partition
coefficient, and relatively high water solubility, all of which favor rapid and
efficient uptake and xylem transport in plants. Following uptake by plant
roots, stems, and leaves, thiamethoxam is transported in the xylem in an
acropetal direction. This systemic activity protects plant tissue at and above
the point of absorption. Slow metabolism of thiamethoxam in the plant, coupled
with moderate soli persistence results in pest control over an extended period
How quickly does Avid work?
Insect pests stop feeding within hours. Mortality is high within 24 to 48 hours.
How quickly does Flagship work?
Flagship works within 24 hours.
On what crops can Avid and Flagship
Avid can be applied to plants grown in shadehouses, greenhouses, field-grown
ornamentals, foliage plants, Christmas trees, and other woody ornamentals.
Flagship can be applied to the same crops as Avid in addition to non-bearing
fruit and nut trees.
Are there any crops on which I can't
Avid should not be used on ferns (Adiantum sp.) Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum
sp.) or in citrus nurseries. Please check the label for updates.
Are there any crops on which I
can't use Flagship?
None known at this time, but please check the label for updates.
Can Avid and Flagship be mixed
Yes, but only if used as a spray. However, because Avid also provides good
control of many of the same pests as Flagship, you would not necessarily want
to put the two products together. The products are best used in rotation rather
than a combination.
Can they be tank mixed with
Yes, Avid and Flagship can be tank mixed with other control products, but avoid
tank mixing with Daconil® fungicide as they do not work well with
Weather Stik® technology. Remember, always perform a jar test to
verify tank mix compatibility.
How long must I wait before Avid
and Flagship are rainfast?
Avid is rainfast within a few hours after application while Flagship is rainfast
as soon as it is dry.
What other brands currently on the
market could be rotated with Avid and Flagship?
It depends upon the pest management program, but for example, Endeavor®,
Judo™, and Sanmite® are all key products that could be included in a
whitefly rotational program.
Will I receive GreenPartners®
points for purchases of Avid and Flagship?