We apologize, but there is no way we can say for sure if the tree will survive. We recommend that you contact a local arborist with your cooperative extension office to determine the extent of the damage of the tree. Talstar is labeled for a foliar spray starting in April through June.
It is important to start control methods before a major infestation occurs. Once the bagworms have matured and have formed the "bag" most chemical control methods will no longer work.
You can manually control bagworms by simply plucking them off of the infested trees and dropping them into a bucket of soapy water or squishing them. This control method is most useful during fall, winter and early spring, before the eggs inside the bag have hatched.
Chemical control may be achieved when the larvae are small and just emerging from the over-wintering bag. Use a concentrated liquid insecticide such as Talstar or Tempo. Foliage should be thoroughly wetted with the insecticide spray in order to achieve thorough coverage. When doing an insecticide treatment, timing is key. To find out the correct time of year to treat for bagworms in your region contact you local Cooperative Extension office. These offices can prove to be invaluable when treating for insect pests.
Talstar P is labeled for roaches but is not the best choice, especially for German roaches, as they typically require a more aggressive treatment. German roaches reproduce at a rapid rate and can be resistant to many products that have been used over time. The most effective way to treat for German roaches is to use a combination of an insecticide residual spray, strong roach bait gel, and an insect growth regulator (IGR). We would recommend using one of our Roach Control Kits so that you can be sure you have everything you need for a complete roach treatment program. You may also want to look over our Roach Control Treatment Guide for more information.
For best results, Talstar P should be applied in cool weather (65 - 80?F) or in early morning or late evening hours. You should not apply Talstar P or other insecticides when temperatures are near or below freezing.
Phantom is a non-repellent insecticide that also has a transfer effect and is especially useful for insects that are social or extra sensitive like ants, roaches or bedbugs. Talstar P on the other hand will have a faster knockdown rate and is a bit more versatile as it can be used in more areas and for a wider variety of insects. When trying to decide which insecticide to use you need to know: 1. What are you trying to eliminate? 2. What areas need to be treated? After you answer those questions, read the product labels to make sure the pest and the treatment area are both listed. If you still need help deciding you can call us at 866-581-7378.
Yes, Talstar P can be used inside the home. You will apply in baseboard areas, cracks and crevices, around window and door frames, under appliances and sinks, and potential entry points such as where plumbing or wiring meet the wall.
Both non-repellents and repellent insecticides will eventually eradicate the pests that the products are labeled for. Non-repellents allow more time for the insects to be able to take the product back to their colony and transfer the product among each other. "Repellent" insecticides, such as Talstar P, are not detected until the insect you're treating comes in contact with the product - it will give off a "tingling" sansation or so to the insect but by then it will be too late for the insect. Eventually both types of products will work as long as the right amount of product is being used. Talstar P is a great choice to someone beginning to do their own pest control. Please see our Pest Library for more detailed information about specific pests.