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Timothy from Cleveland, Tx writes

What type of propane fogging insecticide kills love bugs?

Answer:

We do not currently carry any fogging concentrates that are specifically labeled for love bugs. We generally recommend using our Overwintering Kit

STEP 1 - SPRAY - Bifen IT

Bifen IT is a liquid concentrate that must be diluted with water and applied with a hand pump sprayer. Bifen IT has two active ingredients that provide both quick knockdown and residual control to help prevent stink bugs and similar pests from entering the structure.

*Always wear gloves such as Nitrile Chemical Resistant gloves when handling and mixing pesticides.

*To mix the Bifen IT, fill sprayer tank 1/3 - 1/2 with clean, temperate water. Shake Bifen IT before opening, then add desired amount of Bifen IT Insecticide Concentrate to sprayer tank. Shake or agitate mixture before adding remainder of water, then agitate again before spraying.

*For initial treatment, use 1 fl oz per gallon of water.

*For follow up treatments, use 1 fl oz per gallon of water.

*Bifen IT should be sprayed around the outside of the home to create a protective barrier to keep bugs from getting inside. Spray about 3 ft. up the side of the house, and about 3-5 ft. out from the structure from the base of the foundation (spraying directly on the ground) -- this will give you a powerful continuous barrier against pests.

*Spray around window frames, 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.).

*Concentrate spot treatments on the sides of the home that receive afternoon and/or full sunlight.

*Spot treat indoors along window frames, door frames, garage doors, attic vents, and where utilities enter.

*Keep pets and children out of the treatment area while spraying and until the application has dried, usually about an hour.

*Try to use up all the spray mixture in one application. If spray solution is stored overnight, re-agitate the tank before spraying.

*Do not apply Bifen IT to edible plants such as vegetable gardens or fruit trees.

*Repeat treatment every 30 days through the Fall or until the first frost.

STEP 2 - DUST - CimeXa Insecticide Dust and Bellow Hand Duster

For the best control of stink bugs and similar pests, apply CimeXa Dust both indoors and in cracks and crevices outdoors. CimeXa Dust is all natural and contains no active ingredients that degrade in sunlight or over time. Using the included bellow hand duster ensures accurate applications into areas where dust will not be easily moved or washed away by rainfall.

*After your insecticide spray has dried, you can apply the insecticide dust.

*Using insecticide dust can be very messy, so be sure to wear gloves and consider having a moist paper towel handy to clean up excess dust indoors.

*To fill the Bellow Hand Duster, remove the black rubber stopper on top of the duster. Gently unscrew the white top of the CimeXa dust, then slowly tap the dust into the duster. Fill the duster up to halfway (or less), so there is plenty of room for the dust to move inside the duster.

*You may want to add a few small objects such as coins, pebbles, or marbles to prevent clumping inside the duster.

*Replace the black stopper so that it fits snugly into the opening. Remove the black rubber cap from the end of the extension wand. To apply dust, hold the duster upside down, so that the extension wand is on top, then gently squeeze the bellows between the thumb and fingers.

*Apply insecticide dust to cracks and crevices such as:

  • around window and door frames
  • around areas where cables, pipes and wires enter the structure
  • around eaves and soffits
  • any crack, crevice or gap where pests can enter

*Dust can also be used indoors in cracks and crevices where the dust will not easily be removed or disturbed, such as behind outlet covers, under baseboards, around pipe collars, and under and behind cabinets.

*Re-apply insecticide dust every 6 months.

*See our Video for more tips on dusting.

Answer last updated on: 09/10/2017

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