If you have been following our blog, you might have seen our July post talking about the discontinuation of Provaunt®. If you HAVEN’T been following our blog, now you know why we stopped talking about it. It’s true, the manufacturer decided to phase out the product over the past few years and that day finally came. Provaunt® was one of two products used to mix in the HAL Gel Bait (the other is Tango). Unlike Tango, which is a non-toxic insect growth regulator, Provaunt® kills the ants that ingest it and provides rapid knockdown of LFA infestations. The HAL Gel Bait with Provaunt® was the bait of choice for people who needed immediate relief and had a lot of ornamental vegetation and trees on their property. Since the product has been increasingly hard to find over the past few years, many residents have had to resort to less-than-ideal treatment methods, which has been frustrating.
Since our goal at the Hawai`i Ant Lab (HAL) is to have effective treatment options for the different needs and situations of our island community and agricultural industry, we work closely with product manufacturers and the Hawaii Department of Agriculture testing products and getting them registered for legal use in Hawai`i. We knew Provaunt® would be discontinued and started the process of finding a replacement over a year ago. As of October 2021, the product Advion® WDG has been approved for use in the HAL gel bait through a Special Local Needs (SLN) label as a replacement for Provaunt®. YAY!!!
So, you might be wondering “what is this mysterious new product, Advion® WGD?”. Well, it’s almost exactly like Provaunt® but with a little less active ingredient (indoxacarb). It also can be bought in handy-dandy little packets which just so happens to be the perfect size to mix enough bait for a ¼ to ½ acre property. Doesn’t that sound convenient? That was our goal! For people who have larger properties and larger needs, the product can also be purchased in a 16 oz container rather than the small packet size. We have updated our how-to guide on Mixing HAL Gel Bait For Control Of LFA to reflect the change. As of right now, you can only purchase Advion® WDG from Ebay, Amazon, and other online retailers. Once pesticide distributors on Hawai`i Island begin to stock Advion WDG, we will update our Ant Bait Suppliers List.
If Advion® WDG is your bait of choice, understand that Advion® is a line of products in liquid, gel, and granular form targeting different types of insects depending on which product you select. The only Advion® product approved for use in the HAL gel bait for the control of Little Fire Ants is Advion® WDG. The following Advion® products are prohibited for being mixed into the HAL gel bait: