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Guard landscape ornamentals on golf courses with Acelepryn insecticide

By Matt Giese, M.S., technical services manager for Syngenta

It’s no secret that Acelepryn® insecticide provides season-long control of turf insects like white grubs. However, did you know Acelepryn is also labeled for foliar and systemic insect control in landscape ornamentals, such as flowering annuals around a clubhouse or on a signature hole? Caterpillars, leafminers and several types of borers are effectively controlled through various application methods.

In addition to being labeled for certain borers on ornamental plants, Acelepryn has a 2(ee) recommendation expanding its use to control Japanese beetle adults and hemlock wooly adelgid. Acelepryn applications can be made:

  • Directly on leaves to control leaf-feeding caterpillars
  • Injected into the soil to combat birch leafminers and lacebugs
  • As a bark application to ward off pests like clearwing borers


DAT= days after treatment. Rates are per 100 gallons. Columns in which there are significant differences are indicated by different letters within that column. Daniel Potter, Kentucky, 2011.

Daniel Potter, professor of entomology at the University of Kentucky, found that the active ingredient in Acelepryn, chlorantraniliprole, can be an effective component of integrated pest and pollinator management programs on woody ornamentals. Read the article here.


Rotational Tool: The chemistry in Acelepryn targets ornamental plant insects with its active ingredient, chlorantraniliprole, making it an excellent rotation partner with other insecticides.

Favorable environmental profile: Acelepryn binds to soil particles and has low water solubility, which means its movement in the soil toward ground or surface water is limited. Additionally, Acelepryn has limited impact on beneficial insects and non-targeted insects.

In fact, 80% of surveyed superintendents said it is important to them or their members that Acelepryn has no signal word and no adverse effects on beneficial and non-target organisms including honeybees (n= 529 Acelepryn users).1

For more information about insect control on landscape ornamentals on golf courses, contact your local Syngenta territory manager, or read further on more information about Acelepryn on landscape trees and shrubs.

1Source: TechValidate 2021

Syngenta hereby disclaims any liability for Third Party websites referenced herein.

Performance assessments are based upon results or analysis of public information, field observations and/or internal Syngenta evaluations. Trials reflect treatment rates commonly recommended in the marketplace.

©2021 Syngenta. Important: Always read and follow label instructions. Some products may not be registered for sale or use in all states or counties and/or may have state-specific use requirements. Please check with your local extension service to ensure registration and proper use. Syngenta supports a FIFRA Section 2(ee) recommendation for Japanese Beetle Adults. Please see the Section 2(ee) recommendation to confirm that the recommendation is applicable in your state. The Section 2(ee) recommendation must be in the possession of the user at the time of application. Acelepryn® and the Syngenta logo are trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company. All other trademarks are the property of their respective third party owners.

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