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BotaniGard MAXX by BioWorks
BotaniGard MAXX

BotaniGard MAXX is a biologically-based insecticide

BotaniGard MAXX is a biologically-based insecticide (combination myco- and botanical insecticide liquid) with multiple modes of action for quick knock-down and control of aphids, thrips, weevils, whiteflies and more.

Active Ingredient

Natural Pyrethrins and Beauveria bassiana strain GHA

BotaniGard Maxx offers a quick knock-down effect. It has multiple modes of action and it is an excellent rotation partner with BotaniGard. Botanigard Maxx is compatible with many insecticides and fungicides and has 0-day pre-harvest interval | 12-hour REI.

BotaniGard MAXX controls the following pests:

  • Whitefly
  • Aphids
  • Thrips
  • Spider Mites
  • Psyllids
  • Mealybugs
  • Leafhoppers
  • Weevils
  • Plant Bugs
  • Borers and Leaf-feeding Insects
  • Grasshoppers
  • Mormon Crickets
  • Locusts and Beetles

BOTANIGARD MAXX contains live spores of the naturally occurring fungus, Beauveria bassiana Strain GHA and natural pyrethrins. Live spores and natural pyrethrins can be harmed by storage at high temperatures or contact with water for more than 24 hours. See storage and disposal instructions on the container label.

Mode Of Action

BOTANIGARD MAXX acts by contact. Spores attach to the insect, germinate and penetrate through the insect cuticle. The fungus then grows rapidly within the insect, causing mortality. Pyrethrins exert their toxic effects by disrupting the sodium and potassium ion exchange process in insect nerve fibers and interrupting the normal transmission of nerve impulses. Begin treatment of crops at the first appearance of the insect pest. Typically, it takes 2-5 days after the first spray to see control. Application rates, frequency, spray coverage and insect numbers impact the speed at which acceptable control is achieved.

BOTANIGARD MAXX is most effective when used early, before high insect populations develop. Reapply as necessary under a pest management program that includes close scouting. If possible, apply in the early morning, or evening hours. The reduced UV exposure and lower temperatures will increase the performance and reduce the impact on pollinators.

Benefits: BotaniGard Maxx offers a quick knock-down effect. It sa multiple modes of action and it is an excellent rotation partner with BotaniGard. Botanigard Maxx is compatible with many insecticides and fungicides and has 0-day pre-harvest interval | 12-hour REI.

Target Pest: Controls Whitefly, Aphids, Thrips, Spider Mites, Psyllids, Mealybugs, Leafhoppers, Weevils, Plant Bugs, Borers and Leaf-feeding Insects, Grasshoppers, Mormon Crickets, Locusts and Beetles


How It Works: BotaniGard Maxx works through direct contact with the target pest. B. bassiana spores attach, germinate and penetrate the pest's cuticle, then proliferate inside the pest to kill it. Pyrethrins serve as a neurotoxin to insects and "excites" them once contacted or ingested. This means that their activity increases briefly before they become paralyzed and die. As a result of the brief excitement, targeted pests are more likely to come into contact with the B. bassiana spores. In social insects, like aphids, this allows better transmission of the fungus to the pest population leading to better control.


Environment: For use on field, agronomic, vegetable and orchard crops; ornamentals, indoor/outdoor nurseries, greenhouses, shadehouses, improved pastures, commercial landscaping, interiorscapes, turf and forestry.

Storage: Store in a cool, dry place between 40°F and 85°F. BotaniGard MAXX's stability decreases with time at temperatures above 85°F. Tightly close the container after use. Do not contaminate unused product with water. Nonrefillable container. Do not reuse or refill the container. Triple rinse container (or equivalent) promptly after emptying.


Warning & Toxicities:

Keep out of the reach of children. Contains Petroleum Distillate. Causes substantial but temporary eye injury. Harmful if absorbed through skin or swallowed. Do not get in eyes or on clothing. Wear protective eyewear (goggles, face shield or safety glasses). Wash thoroughly with soap and water after handling and before eating, drinking, and chewing gum, using tobacco or using the toilet. Remove and wash contaminated clothing before reuse. Avoid contact with skin, eyes or clothing. Wear long sleeved shirt and long pants, socks, shoes and gloves. Prolonged or frequently repeated skin contact may cause allergic reactions in some individuals.


  • This pesticide is toxic to aquatic organisms, including fish and invertebrates. Drift and runoff may be hazardous to aquatic organisms in water adjacent to treated areas. This product has a potential for runoff for several weeks after application. Poorly draining soils and soils with shallow water tables are more prone to produce runoff that contains this product.
  • This product is highly toxic to bees exposed to direct treatment on blooming crops or weeds. Do not apply this product or allow it to drift to blooming crops or weeds while bees are foraging in the treatment area.
  • Do not apply directly to water, to areas where surface water is present, or to intertidal areas below the mean high water mark. Do not contaminate water when disposing of equipment wash-waters or rinsate.


Shelf Life: 12 months from date of manufacture when stored properly in original container.

Active Ingredients/Guaranteed Analysis:

0.06%..... Beauveria bassiana Strain GHA *
99.19%...Other Ingredients **

Contains 0.055 lbs of pyrethrins per gallon.

* Contains not less than 1x10 8 viable spores per mL.

** Contains petroleum distillate.


Product Details
Recommended Usage
0.26%/L - 0.53%/L
Beauveria bassiana strain GHA
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Use & Instructions

Application Rates:

  • Apply at a rate of up to 2 quarts of BotaniGard MAXX per 100 gallons of spray volume (4 tsp./gallon).
  • Mix well by external mixing, in-tank mixing or pump circulation to form an emulsion.
  • Most target insects can be controlled at a rate of 1 quart per 100 gallons of water, ½ quart per 50 gallons of water or 1 pint per 25 gallons of water (2 tsp./gallon).
  • See Product Specifications sheet for detailed instructions on controlling specific targeted pests.

BotaniGard Maxx is not recommended to be used in hydroponic systems. The B. bassiana spores die overnight and are unlikely to make contact with all of the root ball. Do not use indoors except in greenhouses.



Diseases & Pests Controlled
  • Aphids
  • Gnats
  • Spider Mites
  • Thrips
  • Whiteflies
  • Worms
  • Controls Whitefly
  • Psyllids
  • Mealybugs
  • Leafhoppers
  • Weevils
  • Plant Bugs
  • Borers And Leaffeeding Insects
  • Grasshoppers
  • Mormon Crickets
  • Locusts
  • Beetles
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