The Balinsec Pellet has been created to kill the caterpillars
of the Pine Processionary nests after giving time to the action of their
natural enemies, avoiding the necessity of widespread spraying and the
necessity of preventive treatments on a regular basis.
Each Balinsec Pellet [FIG.1] consists of a pellet
(pellet Gamo Match)  with a capsule containing 0.15 mg deltamethrin - 6 mg Decis EC 2,5 Bayer
For avoiding accidental contact with the capsule
during its manipulation, each Balinsec Pellet is provided individually
inside a polyethylene protection.
The Balinsec Pellet can also be delivered
constituted by other less polluting metals than lead, or by other materials
as the pellets made of plastic with a core of zinc (Prometheus pellets),
although the product rises in price and its use requires adapting the
weapons to the concrete characteristics of these pellets.
It is necessary to introduce a Balinsec Pellet
with a kinetic energy equal or superior to 10 Jules, either manually or
by means of the shooting, to the interior of each nest of caterpillars
that is necessary to treat.
To extract the Balinsec Pellet out of its
polyethylene protection, the Balinsec Pellet [FIG.1] must be pushed
forward by its tail  with the aid of a ball-pen's
mine tip or a similar tip (the weapons can be adapted to use them
exclusively for shooting the Balinsec Pellet, without necessity of
extracting their polyethylene protection previously, that which
facilitates the application).
SEASON AND HOUR
OF THE DAY SUITABLE FOR THE APPLICATION OF THE BALINSEC PELLET
season of application of the Balinsec Pellet includes from the formation
of the first definitive nests on the trees until some days before the
processions of burial of the caterpillars. The application should be
carried out during the morning when the temperature under the sun is
inferior to 10 ° C, because at noon, when the sun heats, the caterpillars
usually abandon the nest to take the sun and in the afternoon, in
general, they abandon the nest until the dawn to feed.
The action of the Balinsec Pellet is not affected
FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BALINSEC PELLET
air rifles on the market are suitable for the application, although those
having the bore feeding hole of the barrel more accessible, such as the
breaking cannon carbines, are those which allow loading the Balinsec
Pellet more easily into the barrel.
reference to the power of the carbine, the kinetic energy needed to free
adequately the insecticide content of the Balinsec Pellet inside the
nests is approximately 10 Joules.
specific authorization for each application must be given by the local
PROTOCOL FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE
the management program for the Pine Processionary caterpillars determines
the treatment of nests with the application of the Balinsec Pellet by
shooting, it must be followed the protocol:
- Inspection, with sampling and quantification of the
- Preparation, indicating with marks the trees affected and the
localization of the nests that need the treatment.
- Solicitude of authorization to the local authorities.
- Notification to the adjacent properties.
- Adoption of all the security measures necessary to ensure
full security according to the characteristics of the environment,
while isolating with barriers and with informational signs the
- Execution of treatment.
- Maintenance, with periodic inspection, to detect the
emergence of new nests, which will be treated the same way.
CAUTION FOR THE SHOOTING OF THE BALINSEC PELLET
the capsule  of the Balinsec Pellet [FIG.1] frees its insecticide
content into the nest due to the resistance offered to its advance by the
constituents of the nest, its lead
pellet  continues its trajectory out of the nest after crossing it,
being necessary to be sure that the lead pellet cannot cause any damage.
they acquire the insecticide dose, the caterpillars show the following
sequence of dysfunctions:
2. Digestive syndromes.
3. Muscular and nervous syndromes
4. Agony and death of the
nests woven with thick cloth most caterpillars die inside the nest, in
particular when the application is made early in the morning, when the
sun hardly heats. The mortality is practically absolute in the term of 2
to 4 days.
nests that are moderately woven, the Balinsec Pellet causes
the dispersion and the death of some caterpillars on a radius of 20
centimetres during the first 24 hours, what permits to verify the success
of the treatment. The mortality of the caterpillars in this case is
practically absolute in the term of 3 to 6 days.
scarcely woven nests, most caterpillars fall down in their agony to the
soil, with what they can cause allergic reactions, being then important
to pick up the fallen caterpillars wetting them by means of the watering
through irrigation to avoid the dispersion of the urticating hairs of the
caterpillars. The mortality of the caterpillars in this case is
practically absolute in the term of 3 to 7 days.
L. Rejat “Tratamiento de
bolsones de la Procesionaria del Pino, Thaumetopoea pityocampa
(Den. et Schiff.) (Lepidoptera: Thaumetopoeidae), mediante balines
conteniendo deltametrin” Boletín de Sanidad Vegetal – Plagas, vol.
24, p. 621-628, Ministerio de Agricultura, Madrid, 1998.
Balinsec Pellet is supplied in tubes with 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25
dry and fresh storage conditions the Balinsec Pellet has a half-life of 2
years from the date of delivery.
prices according to the quantity and the calibre (21% VAT included) are as follows:
Calibre 4.5 mm
Calibre 5.5 mm
Tube with 5
Tube with 10
Tube with 15
Tube with 20
Tube with 25 Balinsec
acquirement may be taken through the author, who facilitates orientations
on the treatment, as well as the most suitable time for the application
and the complementary measures of control of the plague.
usual way of delivery is through the site https://procesionaria.com or through
or after a banking
transfer, with a cost added of 6 € (21% VAT included), for the expenses
of packing and shipping.
C/. Eduard Maristany, 95 3ª
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TEL. +34 933 892 852 / CEL. TEL. +34 616 540 433
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