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Imprellis: What will it do to our industry

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by sprayboy, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. sprayboy

    sprayboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 936

    With the potential for this to get to the national level in the media, what effcts can this have?

    Can this be the biggest negative that has hit us?

    What will happen when all the tree huggers and the anti-pesticide people get onto this problem?

    How do we prepare ourself's for the phone calls and questions?

    Our local media just had stories this week about trees that are dead and are about dead that will not recover from the drought of last year. So I'm guessing that everyone that has a dead tree will be calling their lawn care company to see if this was caused by an application of Imprellis.

    I think we need to get our thoughts and ideas together as professionals on this matter because I think it could damage our industry.

    Will our customers have trust in us in what we tell them?

    No matter whether you have used it or not, we need to stick together on this. It is our livelyhood. Alot of jobs are created in this industry, I hope one product doesn't kill it.

    I also wonder how many company's that have not used this will try to steal customers from company's that have and are getting bad publicity.

    Just my thoughts.
  2. phillie

    phillie LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 861

    Sprayboy, I think the best thing we can do is just be honest. I have 1 tree out of all of my properties that took imprelis up. I'm not exactly the happiest person in the world about it. I am going to replace it and just stop using imprelis. Its a great product just to risky for me any more. I dont want to be replacing trees all year. I dont think it will really hurt us that bad as long as we talk to our customers and assure them that we know what we are doing.
  3. sprayboy

    sprayboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 936

    Another question is how soon can you replace a tree and feel safe with the residual this product has?
  4. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Messages: 2,636

    That's a good question
  5. mike174

    mike174 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    I agree....maybe this is a "next phase" of tesing?
  6. phillie

    phillie LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 861

    I posed this question to my distributor and I just sent an email to a dupont sales rep so hopefully I can have something here in a few days.
  7. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    Super good ???s
    I have my area rep coming up this week, calling me tomorrow
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  8. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,386

    It seems dupont jumped the gun on the release of this product, not to mention left some VERY IMPORTANT information off the label. This is a bad hit for the industry, not like bopaul india in 1986, but still bad press for the lawn care industry!
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,950

    Ever heard of alar? The crap that Paul Harvey spewed was more harmful than one bad pesticide.

    This isn't that bad--yet.

    I wouldn't get too concerned yet.
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    We've heard of and seen first hand on here of alot of people who have trees dying. We have NOT heard of any person dying, or pets that have died (with the exception of one dog on here, but we don't know the exact cause). So things could be alot worse. I think the tree huggers and eco concerned type customers are going to show the most effect on this. This is HUGE ammo for them, as well as the paranoia that so many concerned customers have. So much for our sales rebuttal of saying these products go through years of rigorous testing before they are approved by the EPA. That line has just lost alot of credibility.

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