Talstar P Professional Insecticide - Questions & Answers

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  • Asked by Regina
    03/25/2011
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    What can I use to get rid of Kudzu bugs in GA?
    I have little brown bugs all over my porch rails, side of house, windows, etc. There were a few last year, but this past weekend, I noticed many, many more. What is best to keep them away?
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    "Kudzu" bugs are a type of stink bug that is an invasive species in the south and has really started to grow as a nuisance in recent years. While there isn't really a repellent product to keep them away from your home you can use a product like Talstar P to kill the bugs that land on treated surfaces. Talstar P can be diluted at a rate of 1 oz  of product per gallon of water and applied using a hand pump sprayer on the areas that you mentioned (do not spray on top of porch railings where people place there hands frequently)
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  • Asked by Jonathan
    04/22/2011
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    When is the best time to use Talstar P indoors and outdoors?
    I really want to know if it matters if it is wet or dry outside or if it is going to rain soon.
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    Outdoors, Talstar P should be used when it is dry outside and there is no rain expected within a 24 hour period. Outdoor weather elements will not have any effect on indoor treatments. For both indoor and outdoor treatments it is important that all adults, children and pets are out of the area that is being treated and they may return as soon as the treated area is dry.
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  • Asked by Robert from Jacksonville Fl
    03/31/2013
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    What's the difference between Talstar P and Bifen IT?
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    Talstar P and Bifen IT are essentially the same product, they are just made by different manufacturers. Talstar P was manufactured 1st and is known to be the "name brand" and Bifen IT is known to be the generic.
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  • Asked by Donald from Fayetteville, Nc
    03/26/2012
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    Can I use a hose end sprayer with Talstar?
    I have about an acre of lawn surrounded by heavy woods, can I use Talstar P in a hose end sprayer to treat the lawn and edge of the woods to control mosquitos and fire ants?
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    You can use Talstar P in a hose end sprayer as long as the hose end sprayer can be calibrated to spray the correct usage rate as specified on the product label. Most folks use the 1 oz of product to 1 gallon of product rate for outdoor insect control.
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  • Asked by Gary
    07/26/2011
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    Have little black bugs so small you can just barely see them, I've tried talstar but they are still showing up?
    these bugs are so small if they are not on a light colored background you can't see them. they are in my daughters bathroom, talstar mixed strong doesn't seem to stop them. do you have any idea?
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    What you are describing sounds like springtails.  They are common in bathrooms and kitchens because they can breed under the slab and follow plumbing pipes and drains into your house.  You should google springtails and see if this is your issue.  If it is, Talstar Liquid is considered one of the best treatments for springtails to control them, but honestly you will not get rid of the problem no matter how many products you use if you cannot find the source.  The whole key to getting rid of springtails is their breeding source.  You have to find it.  Usually they breed under the slab and enter the home through small cracks.  Unfortunately when they breed under the slab the product you apply on top of the ground like Talstar will not make it to them.  The slab has to dry out and you have to do whatever you can to prevent moisture from getting under the slab.  Usually springtails are breeding because of too much mulch around the house, grade against the house is not going away from the house and water puddles up, downspouts are not going away from the house, etc.   Getting rid of springtails is a moisture management issue usually and not something that pesticides can get rid of alone.

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  • Asked by Sam from Waycross Ga
    07/14/2013
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    About how many gallons of water would it take to spray a 1 acre yard with Talstar?
    If I'm using 1 ounce per gallon of water,about how many gallons of water would it take to spray a 1 acre yard? I have a 15 gallon pull behind sprayer.
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    On average, 1 gallon of mixed solution will cover about 1000 sq/ft, so it would take you about 44 gallons to cover an entire acre. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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  • Asked by Courtney from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl
    10/24/2011
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    How long does Talstar take to kill ticks?
    Once a tick comes in contact with the residual of Talstar, how long will it take for the tick to die? Also, once Talstar is applied to all baseboards, cracks and crevices in the house, how soon will we stop seeking ticks? (We also treated the yard the same day we treated the inside of the house).
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    How long it takes the ticks to die after they come into contact with a treated area will depend on a number of factors. It will depend on the maturity of the tick as well as how long they stayed on the treated area, how long it has been since the area was treated and the concentration that was used to treat the area. Typically it can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a day or so for them to die. It can take several weeks for you to stop seeing ticks indoors because the ticks like to stay hidden which also means they could be staying out of treated areas and eggs may hatch out prolonging the infestation. We recommend doing follow up treatments every two weeks at the highest usage rate of 1 oz Talstar of product per gallon of water until you do not see any ticks.
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  • Asked by Shane
    08/22/2010
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    Does Talstar P control fire ants?
    When we have rain here in SC, the fire ant mounds seem to pop up everywhere. Can I put this in my atv sprayer to kill these ants, and if so, how long does it last?
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    Yes, Talstar P can be used for fire ant control in the type of sprayer you described, but you will also need to do mound drenching. According to the Talstar P product label, "Fire Ant Mound control is optimized by combining broadcast applications that will control foraging workers and newly mated fly-in queens with mound drenches that will control existing colonies. If the soil is not moist, then it is important to irrigate before application or use a high volume application. Apply broadcast treatments at 0.5 to 1 fluid oz. per 1,000 square feet. Use enough finished volume to penetrate thatch or sod. Treat mounds by applying 1 oz of Talstar P per mound in 1 to 2 gallons water by sprinkling the mound until it is wet and treat 3 feet out around the mound. Use the higher volume for mounds larger than 12”. Treat mounds with sufficient force to break their apex and allow the insecticide solution to flow into the ant tunnels. For best results, apply in cool weather (65 - 80˚F) or in early morning or late evening hours."
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  • Asked by Marlon from Boothwyn, Pa
    04/26/2012
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    Talstar vs the Ortho Home Defense Max
    I applied Ortho Home Defense a month ago and i just discovered about Talstar. Do i need to reapply Talstar if i wanted to have the best protection or can i wait for a few months and apply Talstar. Would the Ortho Home Defense effective against Ants, Spiders and other nuisance insects? Please advice
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    Ortho is a much less dialed down version of Talstar.  Talstar contains 7.9% bifenthrin, and Ortho typically has .05% bifenthrin.  Talstar is definitely the professionals version.  Ortho will probably realistically only give you 30 days of protection.  Talstar will typically give 60 to 90 days.  Due to the strength of Talstar, it would definitely be the better choice and should provide much better results.  You can apply Talstar in a few weeks probably if you just applied the Ortho.
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  • Asked by Shana
    04/13/2011
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    Will Talstar P kill and or prevent ticks?
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    Talstar P will kill ticks that are present at the time of the application and it will kill ticks that venture on to treated areas while the residual is still active. Talstars residual will last for about 4 weeks when used as directed on the product label. Talstar P is not a repellent and it will not stop ticks from coming onto your property.
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  • Asked by Tedra
    06/11/2011
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    How long after spraying Talstar P will I start seeing dead bugs?
    The company that comes and sprays said that it takes up to 7-10 days. Is that correct? That just seems a little long to me. Is there anything else I can use that will work faster?
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    It all depends on the insect that is walking over the area treated with Talstar P, but most will die rather quickly, which means within 20 to 30 minutes to a few hours.  Larger insects can take longer, such as roaches, scorpions, and spiders can take a day or two sometimes.  Definitely not 7 to 10 days.  Most pest control companies say this however for a few reasons.  They want to make sure that you give it time to work and also they do not want  you calling the following day because you see an insect.  They want to give it time to work.
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  • Asked by Eleanor
    05/10/2010
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    Is Talstar insecticide harmful to Vegetable Gardens & dogs?
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    Talstar is not labeled to be used on vegetables or anything edible.  Most pest control products are not labeled for this use.  Talstar is safe for use around pets when used according to the label.  You should always keep children and pets away from the area while you are treating, and then once the treatment is dry it is perfectly safe to allow pets to re-enter the area.  We do have a product called Malathion 57% which is labeled to apply to vegetable gardens.
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  • Asked by Cheryl
    09/09/2010
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    What is the best treatment for army worms in Bermuda grass lawn with pets?
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    Talstar P is the most popular choice for army worm control. You should spray later in the evening when the worms are most active. You will continue to see moths, but it is only the actual worm that causes damage. The Talstar P product label recommends:

    "To ensure optimum control, delay watering (irrigation) or mowing for 24 hours after application. If the grass area is being maintained at a mowing height of greater than 1 inch, then higher application rates (Up to 1 fluid oz. per 1000 square feet) may be required during periods of high pest pressure"

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  • Asked by Peyton from South Carolina
    08/13/2013
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    Can you clarify whether Talstar is safe around kids
    I've read many Q&A's about whether the product is save around children. Most say it is; however, I've read a couple that say "We do not recommend spraying any insecticides directly on areas where children will be coming in skin contact on a regular basis." I'm confused how it can be save to spray on lawns kids play in or indoors but then not spray it where children will be coming in skin contact on a regular basis. Should this product be avoided with babies who will be crawling around?
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    Yes. Talstar P can be safely used around pets and children as long as you follow the label instructions; all pets and children need to be out of the area while application is being made and they can return as soon as the application is dry. Talstar is none irratating if it touches the skin, but is not recommended to be around until it has dried. Talstar will not harm babies if the product label is followed.
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  • Asked by Rj
    07/01/2011
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    How to use Cyonara 9.7 for outdoor mosquito control?
    I have been using Flit 10EC for mosquito control, mixing about 8 oz per gallon of water. In mid morning or afternoon, once mosquitoes have retreated to the shade of the foliage, I'll spray on, in and under our evergreens and deciduous bushes, as well as spraying the foliage on the edge of our property as a repellent. We are bordered by forest and about 1/2 mile from mosquito heaven (water and designated wetland). We have had a very wet spring and summer in Chicago. The Flit has done pretty well- especially compared to our neighbors- but I'd like something better, and I am using about 12 gallons of mix per treatment. So would you recommend the Cyonara for my purpose and at what concentrate/water ratio? Does the Cyonara have a longer residual than permethrin? Can I use it as a residual/repellent for wasps/yellow jackets on wooden and plastic play sets (they now need regular monitoring for new nests).
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    Talstar P is our most popular selling product for mosquito control.  It is a liquid concentrate that you mix with water and apply using any hand pump sprayer or backpack sprayer.  The key is to apply it to all shrubs, trees, and other foliage around the house or patio you are trying to provide relief at.  It should be directed not only on top of the leaves and plants, but on the underside of the leaves as well which is where the mosquitoes hang out.  It should be applied every 30 days for optimum control.  It is also very good for bees and wasps, however you would not want to apply it or any other product directly to play sets where children will touch treated surfaces.  Also, Talstar P is labeled for over 100 different insects and will work in just about any situation. 

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  • Asked by Rebecca from Fairfax, Va
    08/23/2011
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    How long can I save diluted Talstar One in my handheld sprayer?
    I have a townhouse and tiny yard and would like to start doing spraying on my own. I know I won't use anywhere near a gallon at each application, so can I fill the sprayer and then use it each time I need to apply it? Or do I have to somehow dispose of it each time?
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    You cannot store diluted Talstar in your sprayer for two reasons: 1. Talstar P will start to breakdown rapidly when kept in a diluted solution. 2. Storing chemicals or even just water in your sprayer will make the valves and gaskets corrode. We recommend you simply mix up smaller batches of solution. For instance you can mix 1/2 oz of Talstar P with 1/2 gallon of water in your pump sprayer or a 1/4 oz of Talstar with 1/4 gallon of water instead of mixing more than you need.
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  • Asked by Emmanuel from Loganville, Ga
    10/26/2016
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    Does Talstar P kill termites?
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    Talstar P is labeled to treat for termites and lasts for about 5 years in the ground and works as a repellent, killing only those insects that come into contact with the treated area. A better option for subterranean termites non repellent termiticide such as Termidor SC or Dominion 2L. Termidor will last up to to 10 years in the soil and Dominion 2L will last 5-7 years. Non repellents work slower but much more effectively when treating a termite colony as they are able to be transferred thorought the entire colony therefore eventually elimating the colony. Talstar P will only repel the termites, not kill the entire colony. 

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  • Asked by Peter from Venice, Florida
    11/04/2011
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    What product kills the Sri Lanka Weevil. Can we treat the soil where larvae live?
    We know it lays its eggs in the soil so would like to kill the larvae before they hatch. When we returned from the North, we found they have eaten Live Oaks, dahoon holly, crepe myrtle.
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    The only product that we know of that is recommended for the Sri Lanka Weevil is Talstar, but Talstar will not kill the eggs. (Talstar is not labeled for the Sri Lanka Weevil but is recommended by many universities that have done research on this pest) We recommend that you contact your local cooperative extension as they may have more information on the Sri Lanka Weevil that is invading your region.
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  • Asked by Susy
    07/22/2011
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    Can Talstar be sprayed on rose bushes?
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    Yes, Talstar can be applied to any bushes, shrubs, trees, and landscaped areas as well as flowering plants like roses.  However, you should minimize the spray on the actual flowering rose as you do not want it to get on any bees that help with pollination.
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  • Asked by Keith
    03/22/2011
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    What is the shelf life of Talstar P?
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    Talstar P should be used within 3 years of the date of purchase. It is important to keep the product out of direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.
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