The Environmental Protection Agency has registered Nealta miticide from BASF, Research Triangle Park, N.C., for use on several permanent crops as well as strawberries.

Among the crop for which it's labeled are almonds, pistachios, grapes, apples, pears and strawberries, according to a news release.

State registrations are pending.

The miticide contains the active ingredient cyflometofen, which belongs to the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee's Group 25.

The product is soft on beneficial mites, such as Phytoseiulus persimilus, as well as beneficial insects, such as six-spotted thrips and honey bees, according to the release.

When treated, target mites exhibit loss of motor coordination within four hours and complete paralysis within 12 hours, according to a BASF presentation before IR-4 Project specialty crop registration group members.

The product also is effective on all life stages.

In trials conducted in almonds, Nealta provided residual control as well as Agrimek and Acramite seven days after treatment, according to the presentation.