General Information


Actara controls many sucking and chewing insects through contact and ingestion on the crops listed on the label.

For best performance, always follow these directions:

- Actara should be applied when insect pest populations begin to build, but before populations reach economically damaging levels. Economic thresholds for pests controlled by Actara may be available from your local agricultural authorities.

- Actara is a selective insecticide which should have minimal impact on beneficial arthropods, and its use is compatible with integrated pest management programs. However, Actara is toxic to bees exposed to direct treatment or to residues on blooming crops and weeds. Do not apply Actara or allow it to drift onto blooming plants if bees are foraging in the treated area.

- Actara is rapidly taken up into foliage after application. However, thorough spray coverage is essential for optimal performance.

Apply Actara in sufficient water to ensure good coverage. See specific application information in the Recommended Applications section of the label. The use of higher water volumes will generally result in better coverage, especially under adverse conditions (e.g., hot, dry) or where a dense plant canopy exists. The use of a spray adjuvant may improve spray coverage but is not required.

- Actara is rainfast once the spray solution has dried on treated plants.

- Actara may aid in the suppression of some pests. Suppression can mean either inconsistent control (good to poor), or consistent control at a level below that generally considered acceptable for commercial control.

- Actara has a wide margin of plant safety when used in accordance with the label.

- Do not use Actara in nurseries, greenhouses, plant propagation houses, or on any plants grown for use as transplants.

- NOTE: DO NOT use a foliar application of thiamethoxam (Actara) following an in-furrow or soil application of thiamethoxam (Platinum).

- If the maximum season limit of thiamethoxam as defined in the Crop Use Directions section of the label has been applied and pest populations require additional treatments, use another registered pesticide that is not in the neonicotinoid class of chemistry.

Resistance Management

Actara belongs to the neonicotinoid class of chemistry (Group 4A Insecticide). Pests which are resistant to insecticides in other chemical classes are not known to be cross-resistant to Actara. However, insect pests are known to develop resistance to products used repeatedly. Because resistance development cannot be predicted, the use of this product should conform to sound resistance management strategies established for the crop and use area.


Ground Application

Spray nozzles should be selected which will provide accurate and uniform spray deposition. Use spray nozzles which provide medium-sized droplets and reduce drift. To help insure accuracy, calibrate sprayer before each use. For information on spray equipment and calibration, consult nozzle manufacturers and/or State Extension Service specialists.

Apply Actara using sufficient water volume to provide thorough and uniform coverage. In situations where a dense canopy exists and/or pest pressure is high, use greater water volumes. The use of a spray adjuvant may improve spray coverage but is not required. Avoid making applications under conditions where uniform coverage cannot be obtained or where excessive spray drift may occur.

Precautions: (1) When using water volumes of 5-10 gals., finesized droplets may be used to improve spray coverage. (2) Select nozzles which produce the desired droplet sizes at the normal rated pressure range. (3) When spraying fine-sized droplets, carefully check all nozzles for flow and calibrate the sprayer. (4) The sprayer should travel at a uniform speed across the field. (5) Monitor environmental conditions and follow Recommendations to Avoid Spray Drift carefully.

Aerial Application

Apply Actara in water, using the minimum spray volume indicated in the Recommended Applications section of the label. Increase spray volume where practical to improve coverage. Avoid making application under conditions where uniform coverage cannot be obtained or where excessive spray drift may occur.

Note: In New York State, a Maximum Application Rate of 0.172 Lb Ai/Acre is Allowed.

Note: In New York State, do not exceed a total of 0.188 lb. a.i. of thiamethoxam containing products per acre per growing season.

This seasonal load restriction for New York State does not supersede any lower seasonal load specified in the crop use directions.

Limitations, Restrictions, and Exceptions


Use Restrictions:

- Application Timing: Apply before pests reach damaging levels. For scales, time the applications to coincide with the crawler stage. Scout fields and treat again if populations rebuild to potentially damaging levels. Apply higher rates for heavy infestations.

- Minimum Interval between Applications: 7 days.

- Water Volume: Use sufficient water volume to ensure thorough coverage of foliage. Do not use less than 10 GPA for ground applications or 5 GPA for aerial applications. Aerial application may result in slower activity and reduced control compared to ground applications.

Refer to Pollinator Precautions section of the label.

Refer to Resistance Management section on container labeling.

Restricted Entry Interval

12 hours