How can you tell if a product is repellent or non-repellent? I've been trying to find information on product labels, SDS and anywhere online and I just can't get a read on what is what. I have a good idea from what I've noticed in the field with certain products, but I would love to find a list of active ingredients or products to be able to reference once and for all.
Submitted by Jonathan, WA
We generally use Termidor 80 WG for termite treatments. Is there a difference between Termidor SC versus Termidor 80 WG other than cost? Should I use SC in some cases and 80 WG in others?
Submitted by Garry, VA
I think that, at times, I'm applying liquid products with too much pressure. Using a Burchmeier backpack sprayer, I normally spray a stream along the house and fan spray mulch areas. Indoors, I was taught to spray a stream along baseboards and corners with a B&G sprayer, but a light mist would seemingly give better coverage. Am I wrong?
Submitted by dan, IA
I have been told for years to put a penny into my bellows duster to keep the dust from clumping. Is this a good practice?
Submitted by Patrick, OH
Which products here in New York are restricted use pesticides?
Submitted by Ryder, NY
The Demand CS label (among others) states that an application is not to be made to impervious (concrete) surfaces EXCEPT as a spot or crack & crevice treatment. Does anyone have a workable definition of a "spot" treatment? I understand we are not to broadcast an entire concrete patio, but what about the two to three feet where the patio joins the foundation?
Submitted by Jay, OH
The different formulations such as CE, WP, SC, CS will offer differing lengths of persistence of the active ingredient, right? Let's assume we are talking about a regular 4th generation synthetic pyrethroid such as Deltamethrin. How much could each of those formulations, on average, give us as residual?
Submitted by Marcus F., FL
What is your take on product shelf-life? Length of time stored, efficacy after months. Also, when a liquid freezes overnight does it water down after it thaws? We have an active rotation system and usually bring products and equipment indoors, but I would
imagine that excessive heat is also a problem. Thanks
Submitted by Andy, MA
Some literature says that boric acid, Borax and DOT will interfere with the insect's metabolism. On the other hand, some articles say that it kills the protozoa (and all other symbiotic organisms) living in the insect's gut, preventing it from breaking down food and eventually absorbing nutrients. Which is correct?
Submitted by Marcus F., FL
I'm trying to find information on pesticide safety for a customer. I was out to do a bed bug treatment and one elderly resident showed high concerns that if I found active bed bugs that the products we used could seriously harm her. I tried to explain how and where we use applications for the bed bug issue using crack and crevice treatments. Any info that i can print out for them will be very h...
Submitted by Thomas, GA
Can you explain the different Tier levels on pesticide products, such as Tier 1, Tier 2, etc. Thanks.
Submitted by Jerry, FL
Many people of average to above average intelligence think they can do their own pest control. What are some of the factors that may make this dangerous?
Submitted by Mary, MO
Do you have to have the M.S.D.S. on the service vehicle or the Label or both?
Submitted by Alan, AZ
What pest control residual would be a safe alternative to pyrethrins to use in my every day commercial accounts? Would Alpine be a good choice? I have been using traps and baits, but I would like to be able to use a safe residual as well, especially where people are present. I understand about the food handling aspect of Alpine, so it also is
restrictive in some regard as well.
Submitted by george, PA
I recently tented a customer's leather couch with 6 mil plastic and sealed the plastic with tape to a concrete floor after placing two Nuvan Prostrips underneath the couch. An excellent seal with plenty of airspace for the vapors to work. Many bed bugs of all stages were killed as evidenced when the plastic was removed seven days later. However, I still found some live nymphs on the couch! ...
Submitted by Richard, TX
I realize many pesticide labels have language regarding their toxicity to fish and aquatic invertebrates, but, in theory, how much of a diluted product would have to be introduced into an aquatic environment to have the ppm in the water body necessary to kill fish? Maybe a better way to explain it would be the amount of concentrate, as dilution rates vary. Also, could the drift of a diluted p...
Submitted by Stephanie, FL
I'm in the process of quoting a customer for ongoing mosquito treatments. There is a chicken coop and the chickens occasionally roam the yard. Can I use a conventional pesticide or should I consider a "green" option?
Submitted by Nate, MA
What is the best pesticide for indoor pest control?
Submitted by Ed, FL
An apartment manager wants us to treat an apartment with German cockroaches every week for four weeks in a row. Can we legally do this? We will be applying Temprid SC plus CB-80 and Invader aerosols.
Submitted by Diane, TX
Because of the restrictions on exterior pyrethroid applications, I’d like to find a broad label insecticide that allows for application over a wider range of areas on the exterior of homes. Any suggestions?
Submitted by Nate, MA