It is not usually required to use a surfactant with Demand CS.
Demand CS has a shelf life of about 3 to 5 years when stored in a cool dry area.
Demand CS would only be recommended for outdoor control of fleas. It is not labeled for indoor flea control. You would use 0.4 fl oz per gallon of water for outdoor flea control. For indoor flea control, Onslaught would be the better option. We do also recommend using an insect growth regulator such as Nyguard inside and out. We have a great flea control guide here with more information.
Yes, Demand CS can be used for ladybugs.
Lawn Mix Rates: 3.4 - 7ml (0.1 to 0.2 fl oz) per 1,000 square feet / 5-10 fl per acre
Ornamental Rates: 0.4 - 1.3ml (1.5 to 5fl oz) used in 25 gallons of water.
For spot treatments, use 0.5 fl oz Demand CS Insecticide per 1–2 1/2 gal of water.
Since water is acting as the carrier, each treatment and the amount of water that will be used is specific to the individual treatment. Please take a moment to review our How to use the Chapin Wet or Dry Hose End Sprayer Video for tips on how to set the dial for this sprayer.
No, Demand CS is NOT labeled for applications to mattresses where humans sleep directly for your safety. NyGuard Plus is labeled for ticks and fleas and it can be applied to the mattress. Spray only surfaces that cannot be laundered or dry-cleaned including mattresses and upholstered furniture. Apply on mattresses as a spot treatment to mattress seams, edges, buttons, and tufts of bed only. Do not use directly on pillows, bed linens, or cloths. Do not saturate the mattress and do not treat entire surface area of the mattress. Allow mattress to dry thoroughly before replacing pillows and/or bed linens. You will wash and dry linens in heat to eradicate any present fleas or ticks and allow the product to completely dry prior to making the bed. Please take a few moments to review our How to Get Rid of Fleas and How to Get Rid of Ticks articles for more detailed information.
Generally speaking, all insecticides need to be kept at room temperature area to prolong shelf life. You don't want to expose any insecticide to direct sunlight, high heat or freezing temperatures, as this could break the product down, and it will lose effectiveness. If your bottle of Demand CS was left outside for a week, there is a good chance it could be ok, depending on what the temperatures were that week. If the product isn't seperated at all or clumpy and mixes well with water, then it should still be fine to use, but it may not have the residual that it had before these conditions.
Since Demand CS is an insecticide, it could potentially harm honeybees which were sprayed directly or which came into contact with treated areas. We always recommend that you spray in the morning or evening when pollinators like bees are less active, and that you avoid spraying on flowering plants where they may be active. Usually there is not a danger to bees or other pollinators if you are just spraying around the perimeter of your home. We do offer Mavrik Perimeter, which is a broad-spectrum insecticide that is non-toxic and non-repellent to bees once dry.
First, you need to determine how many gallons of water you will be using. To find out how many gallons of water you need to use you will calculate the square footage of the area to be treated(Dmeand CS recommend 1 gallon of mixed solution 1,000 sq feet). For instance, if you have a 6,000 square foot yard that you plan on treating then you would need to multiply 6 x 0.8 which equals 4.8 – You would then add 4.8 oz of Demand CS to the reservoir. Once you add the desired amount of Demand CS to the reservoir, then you would add water to the line selected (6 gallon line mark on the reservoir). You would then set the dial on the top of the Chapin Hose End Sprayer to 6 gallons. Do not turn water on when adjusting the spray nozzle. Next, select the desired spray pattern and then spray until the reservoir is empty.