Talstar PL Granular Insecticide

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4.5 out of 5 stars Rating: 4.6

271 Reviews | 137 Q&A

Product Overview

Talstar PL Granular Insecticide with its unique sand core granular structure, provides long-term protection against insects in lawn, gardens and landscaped areas for two to four months. Talstar PL penetrates deep into mulch and grass to kill pests where they breed and hide. Simply spread the granules over the lawn and water in according to the label directions. Talstar PL Granular Insecticide is similar to sand, and therefore can penetrate deep into the soil. PL means perimeter and lawn.

Features and Specs

Active Ingredient Bifenthrin 0.2%
Target pests Ants, Fleas, Ticks, Crickets, Centipedes and others
* See label for complete list
For use in Commercial & Residential: Outdoors: Lawns, Landscaping, Perimeters of Homes, Office Buildings, Public Buildings, Industrial Buildings, Parks, Recreational areas and Athletic Fields
Application * See label for complete application instructions
* Do not apply more than 200 lbs. per Acre per year
Pet safe Yes, once granules are watered in
* Highly toxic to fish and aquatic organisms
* Keep out of drains and water courses
Formulation Professional Product
NOT FOR SALE TO AK
Coverage Area 25 lbs. Treats 5,000 to 10,000 square feet
Shipping Weight 25.88 lbs
Manufacturer FMC (Mfg. Number: 10056781)
EPA Registration 279-3168

Details

Active Ingredient: Bifenthrin - 0.2%

DESCRIPTION:

Talstar PL Granular Insecticide are used to control Ants (including Imported Fire Ants), spiders, fleas, ticks, worms, crickets, and almost all other insect pests on lawns, in landscaped areas and gardens, and perimeters of residential, institutional, public, commercial and industrial buildings, parks, recreational areas and athletic fields. Talstar PL release chemical over time as it rains. One application of Talstar PL can protect lawn areas for 2 to 3 months. It is safe against non-target animals such as birds, pets, and other mammals.

USE:

Talstar PL Granular Insecticide is generally used in two ways: It can be applied as a perimeter barrier directed in a five to ten foot band around your home, or it can be generally broadcast over your entire yard including landscaped areas. A normal application usually consists of three to five pounds of product. It is recommended to apply Talstar PL with an Earthway spreader. One 25 lb. bag treats 5,000 to 10,000 square feet. Always read the label.

NOT FOR SALE IN: AK

FOR CONTROL OF SCORPIONS

To ensure optimum control, treat the building perimeter at dusk to prevent outdoor scorpions from entering the building. Scorpions reside hidden in cracks and voids during the day and are active at night at temperatures above 77ºF/25ºC. Resting areas can be identified at night using a blacklight (UV bulb) as scorpions will fluoresce. These areas should also be treated. Prior to treatment, to increase treatment efficacy, remove trash, debris, or firewood that scorpions may use as resting sites.

Active Ingredient Rate per Acre 0.2 - 0.4 lbs. ai/A
Talstar PL Rate per Acre - 100 - 200 lbs.
Talstar PL Rate per 1000 sq. ft. - 2.3 - 4.6 lbs.

RESTRICTIONS:

  • Do not apply more than 0.2 lb. active ingredient (a.i.) per acre per application on residential use sites (i.e., around private homes, apartment buildings, condominiums, non-agricultural outbuildings, non-commercial greenhouses, pre-schools or day care facilities). May be applied at up to 0.4 lb. a.i. per acre per application on non-residential use sites (i.e., around institutional, public, commercial or industrial buildings; parks; recreational areas or athletic fields).
  • Do not broadcast apply more than 0.4 lbs. A.I. (200 lbs. Talstar PL Granular) per Acre per year.
  • Not for use on golf courses, sod farms, nurseries, in commercial greenhouses or on grass grown for seed.
  
  • 5 of 5 Stars

    Talstar PL Granules

    By Manuel on 05/04/2010

    Verified Purchase

    I always had problems with ants but could not get rid of them. I was told about Talstar PL from a professional who had great success with the product. I purchased a 25lb bag and spread it as instructed, the next day I went and checked on the ant piles and low and behold the ants were at the top of the mound DEAD. I haven't had any ant piles or ants in my yard for 7 months. I just bought my second bag, I figure with all the rain here in South Louisiana it was time to retreat. GREAT Stuff.

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    79 of 84 people found this review helpful

  • 5 of 5 Stars

    Works fine

    By C.j. on 03/19/2007

    I'm trying to control fire ants and mole crickets, I have been using Talstar PL Granules for the past 4-5 years. It works fine so far.

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    66 of 75 people found this review helpful

  • 5 of 5 Stars

    Talstar Granules with Ants & Cinch bugs

    By William on 09/21/2010

    A great product to be used in Florida. There is not an ant or cinch bug present in my yard after the treatment. Comparable services from companies like Chem Lawn will cost you up to $120.00 for a product like this. The granules were easy to spread and the smallest package available from this website covered about 1/4 acre lot. I was impressed with product and service.

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    62 of 64 people found this review helpful

  • 5 of 5 Stars

    Mix with sand before spreading

    By John on 05/11/2013

    Verified Purchase

    I have used this product the past four years. I use it every spring before the fire ants get bad. And every fall just before winter to prevent spiders and all the other critters from coming in my home. This product is very fine like sand so a spreader will disperse it very quickly. I find it much easier to apply this product with a push type spreader. Before I put it in the spreader I mix it 50/50 with some dry sand. And then put my spreader on its lowest setting. ( sand must be dry or it will clump. For best results open the bag a few days before you plan to use it and stir the sand around twice a day)

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    44 of 45 people found this review helpful

  • 5 of 5 Stars

    Talstar

    By Ethan on 05/23/2010

    Verified Purchase

    I applied the Talstar PL Granules @ 2-3 weeks ago. The ants appeared to have been killed. I am cautious to say this as I am waiting for the real hot summer weather as this is when they become very active. Never the less I have 50 lbs left over so I can apply when I need it. I hope that the ants have left me as I have a very large infestation in my lower yard. Thank you and I will be contacting you soon when I need more Talstar. I have not had to use the liquid yet.  P.S The ordering and the service from you was fantastic. I received my items @ 3 days from when I ordered. The free freight sure is a big bonus!!!

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    40 of 44 people found this review helpful

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Can I use Talstar PL if I have shallow wells on my property?

I have two shallow wells (75-110ft) in my yard. Is Talstar safe or could there be issues with it getting into our well water?

A
Talstar PL Granules do not move through the soil when applied according to the product label and no precautions are listed on the product label concerning wells and should be fine.

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Is it feasible to cover 2 acres with Talstar PL? Will it affect drinking water if using an underground well?

Have tons of Scorpions and am willing to do anything to get rid of them. I am looking at using Talstar PL Granules for outside acre treatment coupled with Demon WP for outside home and foundation in addition to Demand SC for indoor spraying.

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Talstar PL Granules do not move through the soil when applied according to the product label and no precautions are listed on the product label concerning wells. It is feasible to apply Talstar PL granules over the entire acre though it is probably not necessary. We recommend that you concentrate on areas where the scorpions would be most likely to harbor. Scorpions reside hidden in cracks, voids and other hidden areas during the day and are active at night. Resting areas can be identified at night using a blacklight flashlight such as the Scorpion Hunter flashlight and the scorpions will fluoresce. These areas should be treated. You should also remove trash, debris, or firewood that scorpions may be harboring in. Using the Talstar granules in your yard will also help to get rid of other insects which of course are the scorpions' food source. Removing or eliminating the scorpions' food source and reducing their harborage sites will make your property less favorable to this pest.

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Will waiting to water Talstar PL Granules lessen effectiveness?

If I apply Talstar today, and it doesn't rain for several days, is it going to lessen the effect when it finally does rain?

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For the most effective treatment of Talstar PL Granules you want to be sure to water in at least 24 hours after application. 

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Can Talstar PL Granules be used near a well for drinking water?
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We advise to apply Talstar PL Granules at least 5 feet away from the well. 

 

 

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How would Talstar PL Granules impact my dog?

Our pest control company used these, but did not water them in. My dog became very sick a couple days later. If my dog ate the granules, what would happen? What are the symptoms? What is the treatment?

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Talstar PL Granules, when applied as directed, should not harm pets at all.  There is only enough active ingredient to harm small insects. We would ecommend that you contact FMC, the manufacturer, at 1-800-321-1362 and your veterinarian for further assistance. 

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Can I spread Talstar PL in my flower beds to kill millipedes?

This spring, after a wet winter, most of my root type perennials were devoured by millipedes. I want to plant new plants for summer and fall. Should I spread the product before planting or does it matter?

A

No, Talstar PL granules should not be used in a flower bed. It is labeled mainly for turf use.

We would recommend using Bifen IT for your ornamental plants. It can be sprayed directly on the plants and is labeled specifically for millipedes as well as various other pests as well. You will use 1 oz. of the solution per gallon of water.

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I live in Ma. and recently on my hemlock I found woolly adelgid. How to get rid of them?
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Talstar PL granules will not help with a wooly adelgid infestation. We recommend using a product that works systemically and contains the active ingredient imidalcoprid such as Dominion 2L. When using Dominion 2L as a soil drench for Hemlock Woolly Adelgids you should use 0.2 fl. oz. (3 to 6 mL) of Dominion 2L per inch of trunk diameter (D.B.H.) diluted in 1 pint - 1 gallon of water per inch of trunk diameter.    The amount of water that is used will vary depending on soil conditions and volumes that are easy for applicators to use. The minimum amount of water that should be used is 1 pint per inch of trunk diameter but you may use 1 quart -1 gallon of water per inch of trunk diameter. Denser soils such as clay do not accept water as readily, so the lower volume of water is suggested.  Since sandy soils can accept more water, using the higher volume of water is preferred. After the soil drench has been applied you should water it in with at east 1/2 inch of water. Note: Water simply acts as a carrier and it is important that even distribution of the product is achieved. Thus, more water may be used if the applicator feels runoff will not occur and proper penetration of the root zone is achieved. Insecticides applied to the soil are taken up by the roots and trans-located throughout the tree or shrub. Root/soil drenches offer the advantage of requiring no special equipment to apply (other than a bucket or watering can). However, surface layers of organic matter, such as mulch or leaf litter, can bind the insecticide and reduce uptake. Before applying drenches, it is important to remove or pull back any mulch or dead leaves so the insecticide solution is poured directly on the mineral soil. It is also important to keep the soil around the tree or shrub moist for the next 7-10 days after applications to encourage uptake.

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I have chickens that eat bugs and grass is Talstar safe. Also I am on well water what is the leach depth?
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Talstar PL should not be used in places where the chickens will feed on the grass. Talstar P does not move through the soil more than a few inches. You should apply Talstar P at least 5 ft away from the well.

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Can you mix Talstar PL granules with water and then apply it, and if so how much per gal. of water.
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Talstar PL Granules are meant to be spread and then watered in. It is not advisable to apply in that manner.

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If I plant fruiting vegetables 5 weeks after the Talstar application, will they be safe to eat 8 weeks later?

My pest control company treated the soil in early April. I planted tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, squash, and peppers 5 weeks later in May, and the fruits will not start to set until July which will be 3 months after the Talstar granule application. Will they be safe to eat? If not, how long will it take for the soil to be safe enough for me to plant fruiting vegetables? I read that farmers use bifenthrin (Talstar's active ingredient) granules for systemic pest control in their peanuts crop. If so, are fruiting vegetables safer to eat than leafy vegetables like lettuce? Thank you.

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Talstar is not labeled for use in or around Edibles. Please contact FMC at 800-321-1362 for further instructions.

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