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Old 05-16-2019, 10:12 AM   #1
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What chemicals (liquid/powder/etc) do yíall use for controlling insects in and around your yards? And where/how do you apply (mostly asking about the powders).

Iíve used permethrin and silica gel a bit but just applying to the exterior perimeter of the house and shed.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:14 AM   #2
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I've used Demon in the past, but it seems to be weaker than it used to be. In for answers on what actually works these days.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:15 AM   #3
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We use diatomaceous earth around our house.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:16 AM   #4
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In another post from a week or so ago, it seemed most people used Ortho Home Defense
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:17 AM   #5
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We use diatomaceous earth around our house.


I read that DE doesnít work after it gets wet... anybody know if this is true?
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:21 AM   #6
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In another post from a week or so ago, it seemed most people used Ortho Home Defense


Thanks. Looks like it uses bifenthrin.

Wonder if thatís more potent than permethrin. I always have a bunch of that around since I use it on my hiking clothes for chiggers, ticks, etc.

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Old 05-16-2019, 10:22 AM   #7
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I spray the house once a month with bifen xts.. spray the yard with demon or spectracide on the hose for fleas and ants.. Bifen kills ants well so I'll spray any mounds with it..
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:33 AM   #8
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Thanks. Looks like it uses bifenthrin.

Wonder if thatís more potent than permethrin. I always have a bunch of that around since I use it on my hiking clothes for chiggers, ticks, etc.

This might be a good choice for general insects like bugs, ants, spiders but if you are targeting potential termite activity then this is not as effective as it will act as a repellent in most cases. Best use for termites is termidor that is non odor & they canít detect it and it works as a transfer kill effect mechanism & is much more effective
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:39 AM   #9
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I alternate Bifen and Demon. Bifen in the yard is great for mosquitoes.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:40 AM   #10
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This might be a good choice for general insects like bugs, ants, spiders but if you are targeting potential termite activity then this is not as effective as it will act as a repellent in most cases. Best use for termites is termidor that is non odor & they canít detect it and it works as a transfer kill effect mechanism & is much more effective


Thanks. Any idea if this is a termite? We had a small infestation in our kitchen and I believe these are ants.

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Old 05-16-2019, 12:29 PM   #11
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Three distinct body segments looks to be an ant. I don’t believe termites have that distinction. Others with more knowledge & experience should be able to help identify as well
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Old 05-16-2019, 12:34 PM   #12
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As a PCO I say call a pro.
As a regular dude, that does as much DIY as possible, I say go to domyown.com and read the labels.
Demand CS for general pests, Onslaught fastcap for spiders/scorpions.
for termites, fleas, german roaches (if you can't keep your place clean) and bed bugs, call a pro. you will wish you did if you dont. lol
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Old 05-16-2019, 12:34 PM   #13
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Thanks. Any idea if this is a termite? We had a small infestation in our kitchen and I believe these are ants.

not a termite.
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Old 05-16-2019, 12:45 PM   #14
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I apply a gradual to the yard as directed 3-4 times a year. I will spear a heavy application around the foundation of the house when I do this as well. Every time, I use a different mfg. as I was told by our local lawn/garden shop, it will keep from building up any tolerance to particular brand.
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Old 05-16-2019, 12:46 PM   #15
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I had a pest control company come out and spray for fleas once and here is the list of chemicals they used, the guy said to go to Do My Own Pest Control or Do It Yourself Pest Control and get the chemicals myself and would save a ton of money. This was from my notes on my phone so I'm not positive on how it was mixed or sprayed.

A lot of the stuff at box stores is the same chemical but heavily diluted.

Talstar P (0.008%); 25 gallon
Bifen LP Insecticide Granules (0.2%); 8lbs
Prentox ExciteR (66%); 25 gallon
NyGard IGR (0.001%); 25 gallon
Ultracid Flea IGR (0.88%); 25 oz
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Old 05-16-2019, 03:44 PM   #16
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I had a pest control company come out and spray for fleas once and here is the list of chemicals they used, the guy said to go to Do My Own Pest Control or Do It Yourself Pest Control and get the chemicals myself and would save a ton of money. This was from my notes on my phone so I'm not positive on how it was mixed or sprayed.

A lot of the stuff at box stores is the same chemical but heavily diluted.

Talstar P (0.008%); 25 gallon
Bifen LP Insecticide Granules (0.2%); 8lbs
Prentox ExciteR (66%); 25 gallon
NyGard IGR (0.001%); 25 gallon
Ultracid Flea IGR (0.88%); 25 oz


Nice. That helps.

I just bought Bifen XTS, Demon Max, and re-upped on more Permethrin.
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Old 05-16-2019, 04:33 PM   #17
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Bifenthrin gets most bugs

Imidacloprid for fleas and termites. Dominion 2l
(Imidacloprid is the active ingredient in K9 Advantage flea treatment)
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:02 PM   #18
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talstar in yard, demon perimeter of home
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Old 05-16-2019, 06:17 PM   #19
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I have used Tempo (Bayer $$), Bifen XT, and Wisdom. I have been using Bifen XT for quite a while. In addition,I also put orange oil in the sprayer. Orange oil helps with mosquitoes in shrubs/landscape. You can get all three at Atwoods. I know you can get Wisdom at TSC.
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:48 PM   #20
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I use Tempo 1% and a bulb duster. I dust all the weep holes and wind sills.
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:46 PM   #21
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I ve used both tempo liquid and powder form. spraying around house and windows seems to work best for me.
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Old 05-17-2019, 06:35 AM   #22
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I use Termidor on the outside perimeter for general pest control and Bifen on the bushes and lawn 20-30 feet from the house to control mosquitos.
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Old 05-17-2019, 07:08 AM   #23
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Bifen here also
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Old 05-17-2019, 07:28 AM   #24
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Tempo is some of the best stuff made. Safe around the house and lasts a long time. I think Tractor Supply carries it along with some other farm and ranch stores. Comes in pint or quart bottles or powder.
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:34 AM   #25
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I need to do something around my house for mosquitoes I might try that Tempo.

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Old 05-17-2019, 09:58 AM   #26
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Tempo here too
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