Fire ant control

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ArTurf, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. marc417

    marc417 LawnSite Member
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    I mix my tank mixture with bifen only. spray my flower beds, porches, windows and perimeter around my house then I will add my herbicides to the mixture so I can broadcast it all over my yard. I usually spray bifen every 4-6 months. Is fipronil labeled for residential turf now
     
  2. marc417

    marc417 LawnSite Member
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    On my bifen I mix 6 ounces per acre and I think the residual is between 120-180 days so to me that makes it alot cheaper than spraying fipronil
     
  3. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    Wow, only 6 oz per acre. For Fire Ants I use 3/4-1oz per thousand in as much carrier as I can. Bifen IT
     
  4. marc417

    marc417 LawnSite Member
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    What percentage is your active ingredient
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  5. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    Not sure, will have to look but I think it is 7.9%.

    I do know label calls for .5-1oz per K
     
  6. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Senior Member
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    Anyone ever try Maxforce FC Fire Ant Bait? has Fipronyl.
     
  7. gregory

    gregory LawnSite Bronze Member
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    bifen xts calls for 3-6oz per arce...its AI is 25.1% or something
     
  8. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Senior Member
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    I read up on some of those bifen products. It seems that because you only need such small amounts of product, it is hard to accurately broadcast a large area. I mean how do you make a pound of granuals stretch an acre. The liquid you could do but still need a lot of carrier. Correct me if I'm wrong. I'm thinking a back pack is not gonna cut it for large areas.
     
  9. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    I really do not know of any Bifenthrin granular product that would only call for 1lb per acre. Some of the baits get applied 1-1.5lbs per acre but I put those out with a Solo chest spreader on large areas or a hand spreader on smaller areas, plus the baits do not need to be perfect coverage or overlaps so you can skip several feet in between and they do not need watered in.

    The only time I use a Bifenthrin granular is the one that is sand based in bed areas when my tank has not been cleaned well.

    Yes I personally would not want to apply Bifen out of a backpack on large areas because of the amount of water needed for Fire ants. I have sprayed out of my Permagreen at .5 gallon per K for Chinch Bugs when they have good irrigation.

    I guess you could drench all mounds and then spray at a lower carrier if they have good even irrigation.
     
  10. gregory

    gregory LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i use my z spray with 1gal tips but also turn on the sprinklers afterwards also...
     

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