The Bifen XTS, Bifen I/T, and Bifen LP Granules are all great choices for outdoor treatments of springtails. They are typically the most common to be used and show great results on the populations. Occasionally customers will use a product like Tempo SC Ultra to try and drench soil sections where they suspect springtail nests to be located in the yard or around concrete areas such as patios/walkways/driveway, etc. Tempo has a slightly faster knock back of insects with the ingredient it contains, but the overall residual control would be the same as what you are familiar with using. Continue to try and reduce moisture as much as possible and pick up debris that they could nest within or under.
We cannot guarantee that these products will work for rat mites. There has not been enough study on them with these products to gaurantee you results to treat specifically for these type of mites. Oil base prodcuts do however tend to hold up well outdoors and also offer a suffacant for any insect directly sprayed for a faster kill.
Bifen XTS would be the better product to use since it is an oil base product that will tend to hold up well outdoors.
Bifen XTS should be applied 25 ft away from areas with water. Apply on a non windy day to avoid drift to water areas.
Neither Bifen IT or Bifen XTS are true repellents that keep mosquitoes or other bugs away away, but it will kill those that come into contact with a treated surface long enough to receive a lethal dose. Key with mosquitoes is to apply to the underside of the leaves of trees/bushes where the adults lay during the day as well to the grass for added protection. After doing this you could notice a difference within a few days. To better repel mosquitoes and a few others you can use something like the Mosquito Barrier or Mosquito X Ultra.
Bifen XTS is applied at the rate of 2.0 pints of product per 100 gallons of water. If you only need to mix 2 gallons at a time you will 0.64 oz of Bifen XTS diluted in 2 gallons of water. Treat the main trunk from the base of the tree to at least halfway into the live crown spraying the tree directly and until the bark is completely wet (usually 1 to 4 gallons of spray per tree).
Please review the full product label for more details and reference the Trunk Sprays on Ornamental Trees Section on page 20 for specific information.
Unfortunately, there is no easy solution when it comes to oak beetles. Healthy trees can be protected before the beetles attack by topically spraying them with a synthetic pyrethroid like Bifen XTS. Infected trees should be cut down (before the newly hatched beetles fly out of the trees in the spring/summer) and the wood burned or chipped, while other still healthy trees should be sprayed annually to protect them. Because of the natural boring behavior of the beetle they are protected from topically applied insecticides and systemic insecticides (those injected into the tree or applied as a root drench) have proven ineffective for pine beetle infestations.
You should contact your local cooperative extension office to find out the best time to start spraying in your region.
Bifen XTS has a 4 - 8 week residual, depending on the amount of rain and UV rays that the area gets. 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. If you are experiencing heavy rainfall daily, then I would suggest you wait to apply Bifen XTS when no rainfall is expected within 24 hours. You can reapply this product as needed for control of the grasshoppers. It will kill the grasshoppers within 24 hours of them having contact with the Bifen XTS. For more information on protecting your garden from grasshoppers please read this article written by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Yes, this is problematic. Bifen XTS is not labeled for use on edible vegetation. All fruit will need to be discarded this growing season for your safety.
No, you will add .32 fl. oz of Bifen XTS per gallon of water. For six gallons, you will use 1.92 fl. oz. of product, fill the reservoir up to 6 with water if the product does not reach that point, attach the hose end sprayer to the hose, set the dial to six and then turn it on and spray. This will treat 6000 square feet.
You do not need to water your lawn after applying this product.
Bifen XTS is labeled as safe for use on non-bearing fruit and nut trees only.
According to the Bifen XTS product label for budworms on ornamentals, you would use 0.26-1.28 ounces per every 10 gallons of water.