Five High School Football Teams Beat Fire Ants Thanks to the "Friday Night Lights" Contest from FMC

PHILADELPHIA (November 15, 2012) - For five high schools throughout the southern United States, there's one less thing to worry about before playoffs—fire ants. That's because each school won 10 bags of Talstar® XTRA granular insecticide featuring Verge™ technology, a new product from FMC Professional Solutions that offers fast elimination of fire ant mounds as well as season-long protection.

Winning the contest were:

  • Suwannee High School, McAlpin, Florida, courtesy of Live Oak Pest Control, Inc.
  • Keller Independent School District, Keller, Texas
  • Richard J. Reynolds High School, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Oviedo High School, Oviedo, Florida, courtesy of Massey Services
  • Leon County Schools, Jacksonville, Florida, courtesy of McCall Service

"Football and fire ants don't mix," said Adam Manwarren, turf and ornamental product manager for FMC. "But before Talstar XTRA, there was no quick way to get rid of mounds before a game. Now, sports turf professionals can eliminate mounds within 15 minutes and enjoy season-long control through broadcast treatments. Talstar XTRA is not  a restricted use product, so any grounds professional can apply it, and it's on most state 'approved product' lists."
Talstar XTRA is labeled for a broad spectrum of surface-feeding pests, including fire ants, Caribbean crazy ants, billbugs, chinch bugs, earwigs, scorpions, fleas, and ticks. Its low application rates make it a cost-effective solution for both broadcast and perimeter pest control on turf. And now that it is formulated on Verge technology exclusive to FMC, Talstar XTRA is virtually dust and odor-free, and breaks down into the soil in minutes. The uniformly spherical granule flies off the spreader evenly, creating a more a uniform application and less pest breakthrough.

For more on fire ant control in schools, or to order a free sample of Talstar XTRA, visit

About FMC Corporation
FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial, environmental and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products.  In 2011, FMC had annual sales of approximately $3.4 billion.  The company employs approximately 5,500 people throughout the world, and operates its businesses in three segments: Agricultural Products, Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Chemicals.  For more information, visit

Verge is a trademark of Oil-Dri Corporation of America.

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