Bifen XTS - Questions & Answers

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  • Asked by Bobby
    05/23/2010
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    What is the difference between Bifen XTS and Bifen IT?
    I want to use this in a backpack mister/blower for mosquitoes. Will one work better than the other? Also how does this compare to Permethrin SFR?
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    Bifen I/T is our most popular choice for mosquito control.  The Bifen XTS is the same product, just in a higher concentration.  For mosquito control you do not need the higher concentration, it is not necessary.  Bifen I/T would also be a better solution then permethrin because permethrin breaks down quicker in sunlight and the Bifen I/T only needs to be applied every 30 days whereas permethrin would need to be applied every two weeks.  The most important thing to remember when treating for mosquitoes is that they hang out on the underside of leaves and shrubs.  You should treat all shrubs, bushes and trees around the outside patio or wherever you hang out at around the house.  You should also treat the tree line in your yard near the forest if one exists.  Remember to not only treat the main bush or shrub but also the underside of the leaves.
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  • Asked by Mike
    07/06/2010
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    Will Bifen XTS harm pets?
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    No. Bifen XTS will not harm pets when used as directed on the product label. All pets and people (except for the applicator) should be out of the area while the application is being made, and they can return as soon as the treated area is dry.
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  • Asked by Adam from Brasnon, Mo
    03/25/2013
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    What is the residual time of Bifen XTS & how long will it keep bugs away when sprayed?
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    Bifen XTS will have a residual of about 4-8 weeks depending on rain and UV rays in the given area. Bifen XTS will not repel insects but instead will kill them within 24 hours of contact.
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  • Asked by Neil
    08/14/2010
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    Will rain after an application of Bifen XTS reduce the effectiveness of the product?
    I applied it to my yard. About 45 minutes after I finished the application, it rained(moderate to light) for about an hour. Also, how long does it take to see results. I have a flea problem, and I am trying to eliminate them.
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    Typically, Bifen XTS as well as many other liquid insecticides only need about 30 minutes to dry. Once dry, they can hold up to rain rather well.  However, it is much easier for the product to bond to porous surfaces like concrete and siding then grass and your lawn. You may want to apply again just to be safe when there is not rain in the forecast for at least 24 hours. Typically, for fleas it can take a week or two to see results. You should treat every 14 days for fleas. It usually takes at least 2 to 3 treatments since Bifen XTS or any other product will kill the eggs. You need to treat every 14 days, 2 to 3 times, so you make sure the product is strong enough to kill the hatched eggs every 2 weeks.
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  • Asked by Rob
    04/29/2011
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    How much Bifen XTS would you use in a 60 gallon spray unit?
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    The proper dilution rate of Bifen XTS is .32 of an ounce per gallon of water.  This works out to be about 19 ounces for 60 gallons of water, or a little more than 1/2 of a quart bottle.
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  • Asked by John from Ottawa, Illinois
    10/12/2011
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    Is the Bifen XTS safe to use inside the home (at a lower concentration)?
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    Bifen XTS is not labeled for indoor use. We do carry Bifen IT which contains the same active ingredient as the Bifen XTS but is a water based formula.
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  • Asked by Virginia from Girard Ga.
    07/22/2013
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    What is the yard area coverage ?
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    The proper dilution rate of Bifen XTS is .32 of an ounce per gallon of water. Each gallon of water used will on average cover 1000 sq/ft so a quart will cover roughly 2 1/2 acres.
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  • Asked by John from Maurepas
    04/27/2015
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    What is the shelf life of Bifren XTS after mixing?
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    Bifen XTS should only be mixed when you are ready to use. All finished solution should be applied within 24 hours of mixing.
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  • Asked by Bob
    06/19/2015
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    Can Bifen XTS be used when temperature exceeds 85?
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    We would not recommend using Bifen XTS at temperatures over 85 degrees as this is an oil based product and can burn plants it comes into contact with under extreme heat. We recommend spraying in early morning or late evening. 
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  • Asked by Bill
    11/01/2010
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    Does the higher concentration of Bifen XTS make it superior to Bifen IT for normal outdoor spraying?
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    Bifen XTS does not really make it that much better than the normal Bifen IT, its just that one quart container can make much more than the equivalent Bifen IT.  The normal mixture rate of Bifen IT is one ounce per gallon of water.  When using Bifen XTS, you only need about a third of an ounce to make the same treatment. You can make many more gallons of solution from one container of Bifen XTS than you can with the normal Bifen IT.
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  • Asked by Lloyd from Effingham. Sc
    05/07/2015
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    Is Bifen XTS good for spraying fire ants on lawns?
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    Bifen XTS is a good choice for either a broadcast application or for individual mound drenching for fire ants. Be sure to follow the application instructions on the product label.
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  • Asked by Hank from Florida
    10/21/2012
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    what is the shelf life of opened not mixed Bifen xts?
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    You should use the Bifen XTS within 3 years of the date of purchase.
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  • Asked by Rich
    06/18/2010
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    Can Bifen XTS be applied with a hose-end sprayer?
    i see you recommend this product with the use of a poly sprayer (as well as for use with some others, such as the Bifen IT and Talstar P)...but can it also be used/applied with a hose-end sprayer?
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    You can use Bifen XTS in a hose end sprayer as long as it can be set to the correct product/water ratio. We recommend using the Chapin hose end sprayer. This sprayer is super user friendly and can even be set to spray very small concentrations.
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  • Asked by Rb from Ri
    03/17/2016
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    Can you compare Bifen XTS vs. Bifen I/T?
    Is Bifen XTS as effective as Bifen I/T? I have been using Bifen I/T but customers have complained that it is not effective on mosquitoes. What is best application method, sprayer or backpack mister? Does Bifen XTS have an odor? Will it stain? Can it irritate the skin? Thank you
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    Bifen I/T is one of our most popular products for mosquito control.  Bifen XTS is basically the same product, just in a higher concentration, and oil-based instead of water-based.  For mosquito control you do not need the higher concentration, it is not necessary.  The most important thing to remember when treating for mosquitoes is that they hang out on the underside of leaves and shrubs.  You should treat all shrubs, bushes and trees, remembering to not only treat the main bush or shrub but also the underside of the leaves.  Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so if there are any areas of standing water where you are treating, those should be treated as well with BTI Mosquito Dunks or Altosid Pro-G Mosquito Larvicide

    You may also want to look over our Mosquito Control Article if you have a moment. 

    Either sprayer or mister application would be effective with either product as long as the application is thorough.  Oil-based products such as Bifen XTS can stain some surfaces.  This is not usually a concern in most areas outside, but you should use caution when treating around the siding of a home.  Most oil-based products such as Bifen XTS do have a "chemical" odor but it is not especially strong.

    Both Bifen I/T and Bifen XTS can cause moderate skin irritation.  Be sure to use adequate skin protection as outlined on the product label, such as wearing gloves and long pants/sleeves to avoid this. 

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  • Asked by Shirley
    12/03/2014
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    I have chiggers and want to know when and how often to spray for them.
    I live in the bay area of No. Calif. and last summer I was bitten terribly by these things. How do I find where they are breeding?
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    Bifen XTS is labeled for chiggers. You will use 1/6 fl. oz. per gallon of water. This can be used every 30 days outdoors. Chiggers normally  prefer moist habitats such as swamps and bogs, rotten logs and stumps.
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  • Asked by Vincent from Richmond, Va
    05/07/2014
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    What is the application rate of Bifen XTS for deployment around outside house foundation ?
    Looking to stop pests & bugs from entering my house. In instruction label, it appears to say 1 gallon per 10 linear foot. True?
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    The proper dilution rate of Bifen XTS is .32 of an ounce per gallon of water for outside general pest control.  One gallon of finished solution will cover approx 1000 sqft.  The lineal footage you are referring to is if you are doing a trench for termites.
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  • Asked by Brian from Lansing, Michigan
    07/25/2013
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    What ratio do I mix Bifen XTS with water to kill fleas ?
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    Bifen XTS is a little but different than most other insecticides. When using this product you will want to make sure you are getting correct usage rate of .15 fl oz per 1,000 sq ft in whatever amount of water you need to cover 1,000 sq ft. In this case water just acts as a carrier. If you need 1 gallon of water to cover 1,000 sq ft you will use .15 fl oz of Bifen XTS per gallon of water over 1,000 sq ft.
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  • Asked by Joe from Jacksonville, Florida
    04/02/2015
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    Bifen XTS or IT for Sod worms/lawn moths
    Will Bifen work on sod webworms, if so, what is proper application. If not, what do you recommend?
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    Both Bifen IT and Bifen XTS are labeled for sod worms and moths. They can both be broadcast across your lawn as well. The biggest difference between the two is that Bifen IT is water based and Bifen XTS is oil based. Bifen XTS also has more of the active ingredient in the solution.
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  • Asked by Shelly from Katy, Tx
    06/29/2017
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    What insects does Bifen XTS kill? Will it kill sugar mites?
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    Bifen XTS will control termites, ants, carpenter ants, fire ants, beetles, chinch bugs, crane flies, crickets, fleas, grasshoppers, Japanese beetles, mole crickets, sod webworms, ticks, termites and other insects listed on the product label.  It is not labeled for sugar mites. 

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  • Asked by Mark from Palm Beach Gardens
    09/03/2012
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    Can I use this product on siding to prevent spider web formation?
    I am looking for a relatively safe product with a long residual for our summer cottages to prevent spider web accumulation. Thank you.
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    Bifen XTS will help kill spiders in the area but it can take 24-48 hours for spiders to die after they come into contact with the product and in that time they can form webs. We do carry WebOut Cobweb Eliminator which can help to help prevent the formation of new webs. We do recommend you use a really good insecticide such as the Bifen XTS around the base of the structure to help eliminate the spiders and the Webout in places where you need to discourage web formation for the best results.
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