According to an October 18, 2010 press release from Bayer CropScience, Movento insecticide has received EPA registration for a second time. The original registration of Movento was cancelled because of administrative errors committed by EPA during its initial review and approval of the active ingredient, spirotetramat, in 2008.
I have been working with this systemic material for the control of many pests of Fraser fir including balsam twig aphid, balsam woolly adelgid, elongate hemlock scale, and mites. I have been interested in Movento because it is systemic, has the potential to control a wide variety of pests, and is less toxic than many pesticides used on Christmas trees.
When I work with new products, I like to conduct my own spray trials where I can closely determine initial pest levels and really see how well the product is working. But I also like to get the product into the hands of growers to see how well it works in real farm situations. With the issues with the labeling of Movento, I haven't been able to work as much with the product as I would have liked. This ruling by EPA clears the way for more complete evaluations.