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Dav from Macon, Ga writes

Is Talstar Aerosol safe to use around small children?

I need something very effective to kill fleas and roaches in the house. But I don't want the chemicals that are too strong/dangerous for human. I have toddlers and a baby who put everything in their mouth.


Talstar Aerosol is a crack and crevice product and if applied according to the product label, directly into cracks, crevices and voids, the product should not really be exposed to anything your children might put in their mouths. Be sure the children are out of the area while you are applying Talstar Aerosol and they can come back into the area after all surfaces have dried. Talstar Aerosol is probably not the best option for flea control because it cannot be applied to all of the surfaces where fleas like to harbor. Instead we recommend you use Ultracide. Ultracide is a very safe and effective flea control product that is used widely by professional companies in homes with children and pets all the time.  Ultracide is a better choice because it can be broadcast sprayed over infested areas and it contains insecticide and an insect growth regulator to stop the breeding cycle of the fleas while you are trying to get rid of the infestation. You should only apply this product to carpeted areas and upholstered areas.  Do not apply on top of couches and chairs where people rest their arms, fleas do not breed in these areas.  You would want to spray around the foot of the furniture, and underneath couch cushions.  You should have children and pets in another room while you are treating.  After treatment allow 30 minutes to dry and then it is perfectly safe for children and pets to re-enter the room.  It is important to vacuum immediately before the treatment and everyday for the following 14 days to help get rid of the fleas. A second application should be done after 14 days.

Answer last updated on: 05/19/2012

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