PT Phantom II Pressurized Insecticide - Questions & Answers

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  • Asked by Christine from Sd
    08/25/2011
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    Can you spray Phantom on your bed, babys furniture? is it safe? Is this product known to cause cancer?
    A man came in today and sprayed for bedbugs with phantom. He sprayed the baseboards and the permiter. my living room furniture, my babys bed, the dog bed and my mattress and boxspring? is it still safe to sleep on? and what should i do if not? Is this stuff toxic? He had my one year old, my dog and myself stay in the house while he was spraying.
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    We cannot comment on any work done by a pest control company for liability reasons. We can tell you that the areas you mentioned that were sprayed with the Phantom are listed as areas that can safely be treated on the Phantom Aerosol product label. You do need to let the treated areas dry before you use them and you do need to cover the mattress with a sheet before you use it again. Phantom is safely used in homes everyday to help eliminate bedbug infestations.
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  • Asked by Michael from Newport, Tn
    05/01/2016
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    How can I get rid of ants in a mobile home?
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    Phantom II Aerosol would be a good choice for you. Phantom should be applied around baseboards, door frames, window frames and places where utilities (cables, pipes and wires) enter through the wall as these are the most likely places for the ants to enter/exit. Phantom is a non-repellent insecticide that has a delayed reaction which allows ants time to get back to the colony and spread the product. In essence, the ants will not be able to tell that the product is in place and they will pick it up on the fine hairs all over their body and inadvertently carry it back to the colony where over a course of a few days it will knock out the entire colony. Phantom works really well because you don't have to worry about whether the ants will all take the bait, they just need to walk over the treated areas. Please see our Ant Treatment Guide for more tips and information.

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  • Asked by Carol from Florida
    12/18/2012
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    Best ant bait to use in an open crawl space?
    My house is on piers with an open crawl space. I am having problem with small protein eating ants coming in from where the wall meets the wood floors. I have used your Advance granular, which they do like, but the granules are usually too large to fit through the opening in the floors/wall cracks (I see where they have carried the granules back to the crack but left them). I have cats and there are outdoor animals (raccoons, possums, etc.) that travel under my house, so I want the least toxic method to get rid of these ants. What do you suggest to use indoors as well as outdoors? I have been told that applying petroleum jelly around all the piers and pipes that connect to the ground will keep them out, but I certainly don't want to take on that job!
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    Phantom Aerosol would be a good choice for you. Phantom should be applied around baseboards, door frames, window frames and places where utilities (cables, pipes and wires) enter through the wall as these are the most likely places for the ants to enter/exit. Phantom is a non-repellent insecticide that has a delayed reaction which allows ants time to get back to the colony and spread the product. In essence, the ants will not be able to tell that the product is in place and they will pick it up on the fine hairs all over their body and inadvertently carry it back to the colony where over a course of a few days it will knock out the entire colony. Phantom works really well because you don't have to worry about whether the ants will all take the bait, they just need to walk over the treated areas.
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  • Asked by Jason
    11/30/2009
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    Has there been any report of bed bugs becoming resistant to Phantom?
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    Phantom Aerosol Spray is currently one of the most promising products for bed bug control available right now.  It has shown very good results against bed bug colonies that are resistant to other products and to date has not shown any resistance to the Phantom itself.
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  • Asked by Henry from New York, New York
    05/12/2015
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    Is Phantom Aerosol Spray harmful to pets....like cats?
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    Phantom Aerosol Spray should be applied when the pets are not in the area. They can re-enter once the treated surfaces are completely dry.
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  • Asked by Deepa
    08/01/2009
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    Can I use Phantom Insecticide Spray in combination with Diatomaceous Earth?
    I want to get the Phantom for the bedbug problem in my apartment. It is recommended that we use the Phantom only in cracks and crevices. Can I use it in combination with MotherEarth Dust? I like the Phantom spray for cracks and crevices and DE for the carpets.
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    You can use Phantom Aerosol spray in the same area as other products like MotherEarth D. Phantom Aerosol Spray is ideal for cracks and crevices and has been proven to be very effective against bed bugs.

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  • Asked by Joyce
    01/31/2011
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    Why do the instructions with Phantom aerosol say to use it only every 28 days?
    The Q and A on this site says Phantom lasts only 7-14 days as a residual, no different than anything else. So why, then, do the instructions limit the application to only once in every 4 weeks? I have seen this limitation for no other pesticide for bed bugs.
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    In the specific question that you are referencing, the person was also using Bedlam for spot treatments and it is Bedlam that should be re-applied every 7-10 days. Phantom has a residual that lasts about a month for bedbug control. The manufacturer of Phantom has spent a lot time, money and resources testing the efficacy and residual of their product for bedbugs. Their latest test results do indicate that Phantom will last about 30 days for bedbugs. We always recommend that your read and follow the product label on every product.
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  • Asked by Yuen
    07/17/2011
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    what is the difference between bed bug treatment kit with phantom spray and bedlam spray?
    I bought the bed bug treatment with the phantom spray but I found that your q and A seems to recommend the bedlam spray. What are the factors I should pay attention to when using the phantom spray. What are the advantages of using one spray over the other.
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    There are many factors that we considering when answering a customer submitted question. Phantom is one of the top products on the market for bedbug infestations but for some customers it is too costly. Phantom is a non-repellent insecticide which means that bedbugs would not be able to detect that it is there and they will readily walk through treated areas. In the Q&A that you are referencing the other customer could have been using other synthetic pyrethroids in the same are which would have interfered with the non-repellent qualities of Phantom or there could have been a budget concern. Also the customer who submitted the Q&A you are referring to may have lived in a state where Phantom is restricted.
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  • Asked by Felicia from Fayetteville, Ar
    01/23/2014
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    What is the best and strongest item I can get to kill roaches. This roach infestation is becoming ridiculous!
    I live in an apartment with 2 small children and a small dog. Roaches are gross and apartment management won't work with residents to get rid of them, so my building has decided to take care of it ourselves.
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    It can take several months to get rid of a large infestation. Infestations do not get large quickly and unfortunately they do not go away quickly either.  Below you will find our best recommendations for eliminating roaches:

    The Roach Control Kit #2 is perfect for roach control problems in homes and apartments. This professional kit includes 1 packet of Demon WP Insecticide (which makes 4 gallons of finished solution) for spraying the outside perimeter of the home and inside underneath appliances, behind cabinets, under toilets and sinks, etc. You'll also get 4 x 35 gram tubes of Invict Gold Roach Bait Gel--one of the best roach baits on the market. Invict can be applied up high in the kitchen in the corner of cabinets and in cracks and crevices in kitchens and bathrooms. The bait contains a slow-acting poison that attracts and kills feeding roaches, who also spread the bait to other roaches by contact or by sharing food. Finally, 20 Gentrol Point Source stations provide an IGR (Insect Growth Regulator) that will stop roaches from laying eggs, helping to halt the infestation. The combination of an IGR with roach bait is a highly effective roach control strategy that is widely used by pest control professionals. Demon WP must be applied with a 1 gallon pump sprayer.

    Here is a link to a great article that really goes into depth in explaining a roach control program.

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  • Asked by Steve from Ludington Mi
    07/01/2013
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    What do I do when ants ignore every kind of sweet and protein bait I have offered them?
    I have small (~1/8", no more than 3/16" long) black or very dark brown ants which are in the wall behind the bathroom shower. I have found a hole where they come out at the base of the shower. I tried several sugar-syrup baits (terro and revenge, plus home-made boric acid + sugar +water and boric acid + pancake syrup, and Raid bait traps, which appear to have peanut butter inside. I also made home-made peanut butter + boric acid. I put out a small piece of cheese. Nothing seems to attract them. I have ordered some Advance 375A protein bait and some Intice sweet liquid bait from your web site, but have not received them yet, so I don't know if they will work. I would prefer to use baits, as I am not enthused with spreading toxic sprays inside my house. Please advise.
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    There are several species of ants that make their own food and will not take any type of bait at all. You may be dealing with one of these ant species. In cases like this you are limited to using a spray, dust or foam of some sort to gain control. When the products are used as recommended on the product label they are usually limited to cracks and crevices and voids and are not spread through the home. Phantom Aerosol would be a good choice for ant control indoors. Phantom is a non-repellent insecticide that has a delayed reaction which allows ants time to get back to the colony and spread the product. In essence, the ants will not be able to tell that the product is in place and they will pick it up on the fine hairs all over their body and inadvertently carry it back to the colony where over a course of a few days it will knock out the entire colony. Phantom works really well because you don't have to worry about whether the ants will all take the bait, they just need to walk over the treated areas. Phantom should be applied around baseboards, door frames, window frames and places where utilities (cables, pipes and wires) enter through the wall as these are the most likely places for the ants to enter/exit.
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  • Asked by Carrie from Kansas City,mo
    03/16/2012
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    I have ants in every room of my house! I don't see a trail, how do I get rid of them?
    The ants are in every room, bathroom, hallway, ceilings, floors. They are very small, and I never see them in large groups, just one here, one there. I cant find a trail. Ive been using Terro, but, only about 20-30 will eat off of it. I think I see some of them go into the metal ring around my kitchen sink. How do I get rid of them if there isnt enough eating the poison to take homme to momma? How do I kill them?
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    Phantom Aerosol would be a good choice for you. Phantom should be applied around baseboards, door frames, window frames and places where utilities (cables, pipes and wires) enter through the wall as these are the most likely places for the ants to enter/exit. Phantom is a non-repellent insecticide that has a delayed reaction which allows ants time to get back to the colony and spread the product. In essence, the ants will not be able to tell that the product is in place and they will pick it up on the fine hairs all over their body and inadvertently carry it back to the colony where over a course of a few days it will knock out the entire colony. Phantom works really well because you don't have to worry about whether the ants will all take the bait, they just need to walk over the treated areas.
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  • Asked by Joanne from Gig Harbor, Wa
    08/19/2011
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    Does Phantom contain pyrethroids/permethrin?
    I have two indoor cats, one with asthma, and I know that permethrin is highly toxic to felines. I don't feel that it is safe to use even if instructions are followed. Please advise.
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    Phantom does not contain permethrin or any other synthetic pyrethroids. The active ingredient in Phantom is Chlorfenapyr which is from a different class of insecticides known as pyrrole. When applying Phantom (or any other insecticide) all pets should be removed from the area and they should not return until the area is completely dry and vented. Most insecticides only cause issues for felines when the animal is allowed to have contact with treated areas while they are still wet. In any case if your cat has specific issues we highly recommend that you consult with the animals veterinarian before applying any insecticides.
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  • Asked by Minka from New York
    09/08/2014
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    Do I need to clean inside the kitchen cupboards after using Phantom?
    Hello, I have used the Phantom Aerosol to spray along crevices and corners inside the kitchen cupboards. However, I am sure some stuff got sprayed around (I had no little stick attachment). I have weevils and other bugs crawling everywhere. I have got rid off all the food that was open. Now, I bought some new food. Can I put it in the cabinets the next day? Should I wipe off the shelves? Some food will sit open inside the cabinet, like a sugar bowl. Thanks!
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    Once Phantom has dried, you can put all your food back into the cabinets. It is not required that you wipe the shelves down, but it will not remove the pesticide if you do. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.
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  • Asked by Cindi from Cocoa, Fl
    05/23/2012
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    Is it okay for me to use Phantom in places other than cracks and crevices?
    I know it says on the label to use in voids, cracks, crevices and spot treatment, but the places the ants are coming from are beneath my baseboards. Is it okay for me to spray along the baseboards around the house, including the living room and kitchen? And when it says use in a well ventilated area, do I need windows open or can I just blast my air-conditioner and turn on the fans after application? ( By the way, I find your site extraordinarily informative, I really love it! )
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    You can spray the bottom of the baseboards with Phantom but do try to aim for the cracks at the bottom of the baseboards where the ants are emerging. Most homes are pretty well ventilated but if yours is not then you should indeed open a window for a few minutes while you are applying the product. We appreciate the compliment on our website!
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  • Asked by William
    07/25/2011
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    Is Phantom Aerosol dangerous for pregnant women or children to be around?
    I have a girlfriend that is pregnant and I need to get rid of the pests before the baby comes. I want to know Phantom Aerosol is organic or if it is at all fatal to pregnancy or kids.
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    All children, pets and people not performing the application should be out of the area that is being treated. They can safely return as soon as the Phantom has had a chance to dry. Phantom does not pose any specific threat to pregnant women than any other person and no special precautions need to be taken other than the pregnant woman should not be present at the time of application. Phantom is not an organic product, it contains man-made chemicals. Be sure to read and follow the Phantom product label.
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  • Asked by Karen from Owensboro, Ky.
    05/22/2012
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    My apartment is infested with ants and I also have a problem with a insect that looks like a flying ant. Is th
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    The flying ants are trying to fly away to make a new nest but should die off pretty quickly but they are a good indicator that there is a nest located somewhere nearby. Phantom Aerosol would be a good choice for ant control indoors. Phantom is a non-repellent insecticide that has a delayed reaction which allows ants time to get back to the colony and spread the product. In essence, the ants will not be able to tell that the product is in place and they will pick it up on the fine hairs all over their body and inadvertently carry it back to the colony where over a course of a few days it will knock out the entire colony. Phantom works really well because you don't have to worry about whether the ants will all take the bait, they just need to walk over the treated areas. Phantom should be applied around baseboards, door frames, window frames and places where utilities (cables, pipes and wires) enter through the wall as these are the most likely places for the ants to enter/exit.
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  • Asked by Gary from Anchorage, Ak
    06/11/2017
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    Does Phantom II Aerosol Spray work for carpenter ants?
    The label does not list carpenter ants but in the description it says carpenter ants? Which is correct?
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    Phantom II Aerosol Spray does not list all species of ants which it controls on the product label but will work for carpenter ants.  It will work like a bait in that it is taken back to the colony and spread from those ants that contact a treated surface.

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  • Asked by Renee
    06/01/2015
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    I have ants coming in my bathroom from the ceiling. What else do I need to do to kill these ants.
    I bought Taurus SC and sprayed it around my house and up the foundation to the siding. There is some/little indication of ants on part of my foundation. I just sprayed this two days ago. The ants in my bathroom are getting worse. Many now have wings!!!! I finally found out exactly where they are coming from; a gap between the can light insert and the sheet rock. The gap is about 1/4 inch all around the can light. Isn't there something else I can spray or a dust I can put up in those cracks to kill the colony. They did not respond to bait. Or, do we need to treat our attic crawl space with something. I know I need to give Taurus SC time to work but the ants are getting worse in my bathroom. They don't go back up to the can light. They basically die on the counter top.
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    Yes, it can take awhile for the Taurus to transfer and eradicate the ant colony. You may also want to use Phantom for inside those cracks and crevices. Phantom has a transfer effect allowing insects to pick up the product and spread it to one another through touch and food-sharing.
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  • Asked by Brenda
    11/18/2009
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    Can I spray Phantom and then later on spray Bedlam over the same area?
    Can I spray Onslaught and Phantom over the same area at different intervals? There is a small spot area underneath my computer table where the bugs are especially active and probably live between the floor tiles. I would like to spray the Phantom for long-term control and the Onslaught or Bedlam for more immediate control.
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    You should apply one or the other, but not two in the same place.  All of the products you had mentioned are very good products and it really is overkill to apply two in the same place.  Bedlam and Onslaught may work a little quicker than Phantom and because of this it would not benefit you to spray Phantom over another product.  The Bedlam and Onslaught will kill the bugs just the same, and adding Phantom would not make them work quicker or more effectively.  All of this being said it would not hurt anything to apply Phantom over the same area, but it would not be very cost effective.
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  • Asked by Val from Hawaii
    09/29/2015
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    Can you spray Phantom Aerosol under the refrigerator and sides of the refrigerator? Also along the kitchen baseboard?
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    Yes, Phantom Aerosol can be applied to those areas, allow time for product to dry before re-entering area. Apply as a spot and/or crack and crevice and/or void treatment where pests harbor, nest, trail, run, and/or breed or hide. Treat into voids or to surfaces beneath cabinets, furniture, spaces between equipment, expansion joints, surfaces behind sinks, floor drains (to sewers), lockers, and water pipes. Please read label for further instruction.

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