Talstar P Professional Insecticide - Questions & Answers

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  • Asked by Joseph from Parker, Colorado 80138
    07/08/2013
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    Your best product for killing carpet beetles?
    A

    Please visit our Carpet Beetle Control Page.

    Vacuuming: Carpet beetle larvae like to feed in dark, undisturbed locations like closets, attics, basements, and storage areas. The wide availability of food sources for the larvae (including dust and lint, and pet hair) makes vacuuming the best way to ensure there is minimal food for the larvae to feed on. Vacuuming can also help to remove the larvae and adult beetles already in the home. Regular vacuuming and laundering of rugs, furniture, and linens can help to ensure the beetles are removed and have no food source. If you find a contaminated item, bag and remove this item from your home, if possible.

    Proper storage: Before storing silks, woolens, or furs, dry clean as the beetles are attracted to stains and soiled garments. Store in a well-sealed container, using mothballs. Mothballs can limit the beetle’s attraction to the wool or silk. Store pet food, dried meat, and other dried animal products in a well-sealed container.

    Insecticides: For things that cannot be washed or dry cleaned, insecticides are the best bet for prevention and eradication. Both Talstar P and Suspend SC are excellent products to use.

    Insecticides can be used for spot-treatments, as a boundary at the edges of rugs, under rugs, under furniture, walls and floors of closets, shelving, cracks, and lint or dust accumulating areas. Be careful around oriental rugs or other fabrics, as some insecticides can stain. Never spray clothing or bedding with insecticide, and always read instructions.

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  • Asked by Stacey from Columbia, Ky
    07/09/2013
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    Talstar was accidentally sprayed on my cabbage plants. Can we wait 1-2 weeks and then harvest those plants?
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    Since Talstar is not labeled for use in gardens, we would not recommend harvesting the cabbage. However, please call  the manufacturer FMC 800 321 1362 for help trouble shooting this matter.
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  • Asked by John from Necedah Wisconsin
    07/15/2013
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    What do I use to eliminate ants and small (1/16 in) hard shelled black bugs.
    I live in zip code 54646 in sandy soil. Some ants are beginning to gather under my wooden jealousy windows, on the vinyl sill. I can't identify the type of ant, I just want to get rid of them. I also find the hard shelled bugs in different places of my house. What product can I use to get rid of these ants and hard shelled bugs?
    A
    It is very hard to make an accurate recommendation if we are not sure what we are treating. Talstar P will treat for ants and other types of insects like the ones you are describing. You want to spray the perimeter of your home 2-3 up the side and 2-3 feet out. On the inside make applications to cracks, crevices and entry points. Your Local Cooperative Extension Office may be able to shed light on what type of pest you are dealing with.
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  • Asked by G
    07/17/2013
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    Can Talstar be sprayed near a koi pond?
    Will it kill the fish?
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    Talstar can be sprayed NEAR a Koi pond, making sure there is no drifting or runoff as it could be toxic to aquatic life. Please be sure to follow product label application instructions.
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  • Asked by Mark from Philadelphia, Pa
    07/19/2013
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    What is the best way to eliminate cicada killers?
    They are taking over my lawn year after year. Help! They bury in the ground all night and fly around the yard all day. Not good for my son or my dog. They can't go outside during the day, there are too many of these things flying around. Time to eliminate them......
    A
    Cicada Killers are actually benificial insects and will not harm you, your son or your dog. They are not aggressive insects just ominous looking because of their size, and you would literally have to take one and force it on your skin to get it to bite you. If you are wanting to eliminate them, the best way to treat is to use a dust in each hole in the yard. This may seem extremely time consuming and tedious but it is truly the most effective and thorough treatment method. Dusting the holes with something like Tempo 1% Dust will allow it to flow through the nest better than a liquid. You could also use the Talstar P or the liquid version of Tempo-Tempo SC Ultra-since it has a quicker knock down to control the surface areas they could land to help control new ones that enter the area. Dust the holes and treat plant/lawn surfaces with Tempo every 30 days through the season. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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  • Asked by Jess from Sun City Ctr., Fl
    07/23/2013
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    I have a Tube system installed. Do you sell delivery system tool?
    I want to inject chemicals myself.
    A
    We apologize but we do not sell any of the parts for the tube systems. However, in many professionals opinion an outside perimeter treatment is better anyways than treating the tubes inside the walls.  This is because when you treat the outside perimeter of the home you will kill the bugs outside before they get into the walls.  We would recommend Talstar as it is the most popular general used insecticide that we sell.
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  • Asked by Jim from Philadelphia Pa
    07/31/2013
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    What is the method to treat Bagworms?
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    Please check out our article "How to Control Bagworms". We would recommend to use a residual spray like Talstar P. You can spray talstar P on foliage and can be used indoors and out for bagworm control among many other pest.
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  • Asked by Nathan from Portland, Or
    08/15/2013
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    Best product for general pest control?
    As a new home owner I am curious to know the professional opinion for bug prevention I can apply to my house. I live in forest eco system with lots of fir trees and shrubs... I see ants, occasional spiders, and mosquitos. Is there a particular time of year? Or product you recommend for preventative treatment and maintenance?
    A
    Our most popular general use product is called Talstar.  It is widely used by pest control companies because it is labeled for almost every insect you could have a problem with and you can use it outside the home as well as inside, it is odorless and very safe for use around children and pets.  It is a liquid concentrate that you mix with water in a one gallon hand pump sprayer.  It will last for 60 to 90 days outside in between treatments.  It is also labeled for lawn and ornamental use, and can be used on trees, plants, bushes and shrubs for all sorts of ornamental pests including Japanese beetles, mosquitoes, and other leaf eating pests. Talstar is also available in a granule formula called Talstar PL if you prefer to use granules.
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  • Asked by Steve from North Woodmere, Ny
    08/26/2013
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    What are good products for a new house? Do I need an exterminator?
    A
    Talstar P is a great product to use for general pest control inside and out. Talstar P dries clear and is odorless.
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  • Asked by Maria from Hot Springs, Ar
    09/03/2013
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    Is Talstar P effective in killing roaches outdoors? If so what is the proper mixture?
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    Talstar P is labeled for roaches, and should do a great job helping you eliminate the infestation.  You will need about 1 fl oz of product diluted into 1 gallon of water for every 1,000 sq ft of space you need to treat.

    The Talstar is a residual which means it will not be a contact kill for the roaches. It could kill a roach within a few hours or within a day depending on how healthy the roach is, and how long it spent on a surface that was treated with Talstar. The spray will typically last indoors 90 days and outdoors 30 days.
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  • Asked by Pat from Douglasville, Ga (house Is In Forest Park, Ga)
    09/16/2013
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    I purchased Talstar P for house with fleas, and it did not get rid of them.
    I sprayed my rental property with Talstar P for fleas, and it did nothing to get rid of them. I sprayed inside and outside the house. I purchased this product because it was rated as very good for fleas, roaches, and other types of pests. Any suggestions? At this time, the house is empty. My tenant moved out 1st of September, and before I can offer it for rent again, I have to get rid of the fleas.
    A
    You should first note that Talstar P should not be used indoors for flea control because it is not labeled for broadcast applications indoors. For indoor use we usually recommend a product such as Ultracide. Ultracide contains an insecticide to knockdown the jumping, biting adults and an insect growth regulator to stop the growth pattern and sexual development of the immature flea larva.
    It is our recommendation and industry standard that you vacuum immediately before the application of Ultracide and every day or every other day after the application for the next two weeks. Vacuums can physically remove a decent percentage of flea eggs that are in the carpet, along with much of the organic crud that the flea larvae feed on. A critical part of the diet of the larva is dried blood, present there as fecal material from the fleas that are on the pets. Wherever the pets spend time they will shed the fecal matter and the eggs, so it is extremely important that you focus on these potential hot spots where the pets sleep. A vacuum also will remove a small percentage of larvae, but the larva is pretty tenacious, and will wrap around the carpet fibers down there at the base of the pile, and hold on for dear life as the vacuum passes by. The pupa is even tougher to physically remove, for it uses fibers as part of its "cocoon". But, the vacuum will stimulate the flea adults still in their pupa form to quickly emerge as the adult, and at this point perhaps be sucked up in the vacuum. Even if they are not removed by the vacuum, at least they now are exposed and susceptible to your treatment. After two weeks most infestations require that you do a second application of the Ultracide and continue with the vacuuming.
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  • Asked by Scott from Farmington, Il
    09/24/2013
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    Do the chemicals have an expiration date?
    do the chemicals lose strength after awhile. I have some Talstar and Demand and was wondering if I need to purchase new due to having these bottles for about 4 yrs.
    A
    When stored in ideal conditions - out of extreme temperatures and direct sunlight - most insecticides, Talstar and Demand included - will last for 5 years on the shelf. If yours have been properly stored, you do have some life left in your bottles!
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  • Asked by Lily from Va
    09/28/2013
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    Why does the label say not to broadcast spray Talstar P indoors for fleas?
    A
    The manufacturer has created the product, performed the research and testing for Talstar P. We do not make the product labels or the products. For additional information on Talstar P, please contact FMC at 1-800-321-1362. We do carry some great liquid concentrates for indoor floor broadcast such as Onslaught, Conquer, Permethrin and Tengard. They can be mixed with Archer IGR or NyGuard IGR for indoor flea treatments along with vacuuming even on hard surface floors. A minimum of two treatments outside and inside every two weeks. Please contact us at 866.581.7378 if you would like more information on treating your home for fleas.
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  • Asked by Larry from Lovettsville,va
    10/02/2013
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    Will Talstar harm auto paint?
    A
    Talstar is a waterbased product and will not usually harm any surface that would not be harmed by water alone. Having said that, Talstar has not been tested on auto paint as it is not labeled for this type of application.
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  • Asked by Julie from Douglassville Pa
    10/04/2013
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    I have a question about using two different pest control items around the same time.
    I like the treat the outside of my home every three months with Termidor for ant prevention. Recently, we have been inundated with stink bugs and I would like to treat the outside of the home with Talstar Pro (because of the good reviews it has with stinkbug control). Since it is recommended that Talstar be used monthly for stink bugs, there would be months where I am using both the Talstar and the Termidor. Is this ok---do they affect each other's ability to kill bugs?
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    Termidor SC is a non-repellent insecticide. This means that ants and other insects cannot tell that it is there and they will readily walk over treated areas. Termidor SC also has a delayed reaction time and a transfer effect which allows the ants time to get back to the colony and spread it around before they succumb to the effects of the product. Talstar P on the other hand is synthetic pyrethroid which many sensitive insects such as ants can detect. Ants may avoid the areas treated with Talstar and those ants that do cross over treated areas are the only ones that will be killed by the product. Talstar P does not have a transfer effect so it will not be transferred back to the colony. While the Termidor SC will not actually be deactivated by Talstar P, it will be much less effective if it is over-sprayed with Talstar P. 

    You can spray the Talstar P higher up around window frames, window sills, door frames,  any cracks and crevices around foundation or where caulking around windows and doors has opened up, around vents leading inside, and around lights (these bugs are attracted to the light from windows, doors, etc).

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  • Asked by Steve from Seguin, Tx
    10/04/2013
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    Is talstar effective on scorpions
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    Yes, Talstar P will treat for Scorpions. You want to mix one fluid ounce into one gallon water
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  • Asked by Reece from Sheldon, Wi.
    10/09/2013
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    I sometimes leave a mixture of Talstar Pro in my sprayer for a week or more. Is it still effective?
    A
    Talstar P should be used within the forst 24-48 hrs of being mixed. After that, unfortunately it would not be effective.
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  • Asked by Annette from Memphis, Tn.
    10/09/2013
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    Trying to get rid of several kinds of spiders, some quite large, in a studio warehouse type commercial bldg.
    We have used Home Defense from Home Depot and other products purchased at the hardware store, but they don't work very well...maybe not at all.
    A
    Talstar P would be great choice to spray outside and inside the building for the treatment of spiders (all species) and over 75 other insects. It is to be applied indoor cracks and crevices every three months and outside monthly. We would also sugges placing glue boards at entry points and areas with high activity.
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  • Asked by Rich from Gloucester Uk
    11/06/2013
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    Hi, Can I use washing up liquid/similar to act as a surfactant for Talstar P for bird mite?
    I am in the process of tidying the house and treating room by room. I have found and eliminated what I think are the sources which were vacated house sparrow and starling nests in my eaves. The house dates from 1690's so I guess this would happen sooner or later! I want to treat wooden, carpet and linoleum flooring of various types but would like the surfactant to offer more 'hold' of the chemical. I will look to retreat in 7 days to catch the life cycle.
    A
    A surfactant is not usually needed when using Talstar P and is generally only to be used if you are trying to protect a plant with waxy leaves and need the product to stick a bit better.  Talstar P is not actually labeled to treat bird mites and it is only labeled to apply in cracks and crevices indoors.  When treating for bird mites usually you would want to spray all carpeted areas and lightly spray the flooring and to do that you would need a product like Onslaught which will give you a wider usage range indoors. Please review our article on How To Control Bird Mites for complete information.
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  • Asked by Ron from Livingston, Tx
    11/14/2013
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    What product is best to use in a Spider-B-Gone misting system at my lake house?
    I want to control spiders and insects at the top of my exterior walls. I have been switching between Riptide 5.0% ULV and Pyranha 1-10 PX
    A
    We are not familiar with that misting system. Talstar is a great product to use in a misting sprayer. Riptide and Pyrahna are still top choices for misting systems.
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