Tracer Insecticide

Caterpillar pests in Top Fruit and Field Brassicas.

Tracer is a naturally derived crop protection product which uses naturally occurring soil organisms in the process of manufacture. It's active ingredient spinosad is the first in a new group of chemistry called the ‘ Naturalytes ' The unique aspect though of this new chemistry is that it is as effective as synthetic type insecticides. The impact on mortality is as good and on certain pests (e.g . thrips) better, than existing control options.

Tracer's primary mode of action is by ingestion. When feeding on leaf area protected by Tracer the susceptible pest will be neutralized. With a typical residuality of 7-10 days this provides a valuable period of protection from incoming pest invasions, Tracer will also have some direct knockdown activity, similar to that of a pyrethroid when coming into direct contact with the target pest. The other major key benefit of Tracer is its selectivity, it has minimal impact on beneficial insects thereby encouraging a greater role for natural predation. Although bonding strongly to leaf tissue, Tracer is not systemic therefore for maximum efficacy it is vital to ensure good spray coverage and penetration into areas where the target pests are feeding. Tracer has a very favourable profile with regards to residues, the environment and operator exposure

Compatibility and Resistance:


Contact your consultant for advice on tankmix compatibilities.


  • Regardless of the crop use no more than 4 sprays in one growing season.
  • Use as part of a planned programme with biologicals or insecticides with a different mode of action.
  • Carry out careful monitoring, and apply at egg hatch or when the pests are first seen.
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480 g/litre (44.03% w/w) spinosad

MAFF no:


Pack Size:

0.5 Litre


Max Individual Dose

Max Total Dose

Latest Time of Application

Apple, Pear, Crab apple and Quince Pre-blossom & Post-blossom

150 ml/ha

1 per crop

7 days before harvest

250 ml/ha

3 per crop

Outdoor Brassicae crops: Broccoli,Brussels sprout, Cabbage, Calabrese, Cauliflower and Chinese cabbage

12mL/ 1000 module plants

1 per crop

Pre-planting, 6 leaf stage

Outdoor Brassicae crops: Broccoli,Brusselssprout, Cabbage, Calabrese, Cauliflower and Chinese cabbage

200 ml/ha

4 per crop

3 days before harvest

Outdoor Allium crops: Leek, Bulb onion, Salad onion, Garlic and Shallot

200 ml/ha

3 per crop

7 days before harvest

Strawberry (Protected)

150 ml/ha (15mL per 100 litres of water)

3 per crop

1 day before harvest

See Other Specific Restrictions

Operator Protection:

WEAR SUITABLE PROTECTIVE GLOVES when handling the concentrate and when handling contaminated surfaces.

WEAR SUITABLE PROTECTIVE CLOTHING (IMPERMEABLE COVERALLS) AND SUITABLE PROTECTIVE GLOVES when applying by hand-held equipment. Spray equipment must only be used where the operator's normal working position is within a closed cab on a tractor or self- propelled sprayer when making air assisted application to apple or pear.

WASH HANDS AND EXPOSED SKIN before meals and after work.

WASH CONCENTRATE from skin or eyes immediately.

Environmental Protection:

To protect aquatic organisms respect a buffer zone [refer to section on LERAP for buffer zone width] to surface water bodies.

DO NOT ALLOW DIRECT SPRAY from broadcast air-assisted sprayers to fall within 40 metres of the top of the bank of a static or flowing waterbody, unless a Local Environmental Risk Assessment for Pesticides (LERAP) permits a narrower buffer zone, or within 5 metres of the top of a ditch which is dry at the time of application. Aim spray away from water.

DO NOT ALLOW DIRECT SPRAY from horizontal boom sprayers to fall within 5 metres of the top of the bank of a static or flowing water body, or within 1 metre of the top of a ditch which is dry at the time of application. Aim spray away from water.

This product qualifies for inclusion within the Local Environmental Risk Assessment for Pesticides (LERAP) scheme. Before each spraying operation from a horizontal boom sprayer or broadcast air-assisted sprayer, either a LERAP must be carried out in accordance with PSD's published guidance or the statutory buffer zone must be maintained. The results of the LERAP must be recorded and kept available for three years.

DO NOT CONTAMINATE WATER with the product or its container.

Storage and disposal:


WASH OUT CONTAINER THOROUGHLY, empty washings into the spray tank and dispose of safely.

DO NOT RE-USE CONTAINER for any purpose.

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