The California Department of Pesticide Regulation issued a Section 18 Emergency Exemption for the use of Hero® EW Insecticide against the polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) on Monday April 11, 2016. This section 18 is effective for 1-year and expires on April 8, 2017. You must follow all of the restrictions and reporting requirements specified on the Section 18 Label to use Hero® under this emergency exemption. This includes obtaining a permit from your County Agricultural Commissioner’s office prior to application.
The California Avocado Commission (Commission) will be working to schedule grower outreach and education seminars on the proper application and use of this new tool to combat PSHB.
The Commission has been working for more than a year with researchers at the University of California, Riverside to develop the required efficacy data and develop the application for this emergency exemption. We gratefully acknowledge all of their assistance. The Commission will continue to do everything in our power to help growers find solutions to this pest.