pesticides and pets

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Surferbum21, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. Surferbum21

    Surferbum21 LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW OKC
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    okay so i am still new to this and i have a very important question. i sprayed my mom's yard 3 days ago with pend aqua and trimec. i took my dogs (my children as of now) over there b/c i would be gone all day working n hate leaving em at home for extended periods. I went to check on them and my girl is completely yellow where she is white. that scares me. I know everyone says keep of until dry and to really keep pets of for 1 or 2 days. should i be worried about my pups being out there on the treated grass? she only got the front watered in and not the back where they were at.
     
  2. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
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    Does this dog have a habit of rubbing itself into the grass?
    Or... is the grass unusually tall right now?

    IF... you followed label mixing instructions for BOTH products, you should be O.K. with pets.
    But the area you're talking about didn't get watered in...
    I assume the grass was allowed to dry thoroughly first, before pets were allowed out, right? :confused:

    The effect of the broadleaf weed control (trimec) would be my higher concern, vs. that of pendimethilin.
    What you're seeing with the yellow staining is a signature symptom of a comparatively benign substance, when you consider the vast difference in the LD 50s of both products.
     
  3. Surferbum21

    Surferbum21 LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW OKC
    Posts: 392

    yea it has been 3 days.
     
  4. tombo82685

    tombo82685 LawnSite Senior Member
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    were the kids/dogs playing on it the day you sprayed?
     
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Welcome to pendimethilin. It will turn your world yellow. There are a couple of questions raised here, that are very good and relevant questions. To first address Tombo's question, I believe the dog(s) were not put out on this grass until 3 days later, is this correct?
    But the question of the dog rubbing it's belly is a good one...however, even if laying on the yard,..it could do this - especially if the grass became slightly damp, or it had a dew on it. The second question, was the grass long...This is one I'd like to know....A good reason is,..if it IS ling, this pre-M is going to have a harder time reaching the soil. Regardless, this stuff should have been watered in - first, to avoid photo degradation, and second, for the safety of pets who are knowingly going to be placed on the turf. Give the dogs a good bath, and eventually, the stain will wear off. I believe they will be ok, though. Watch for things like hyperactivity and decline of appetite just in case.
     
  6. tombo82685

    tombo82685 LawnSite Senior Member
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    If the lawn was left alone for a day I dont see a problem at all. think of it like this. When people use pesticides/herbicides/fungicides the LD and LC are based of taking an exact dose of that and injesting that. When we apply these chemicals they are diluted and dispersed by water so that dose has now been spread out. When you spray a lawn your taking that applying it on the lawn which again is filtering out that chemical to even a smaller percentage. Then its being filtered out with the plants uptaking it, volitilization, and through the sun absorbing it. So now the particles of the chemical are so dispersed and filtered that they pose not much of a threat. Secondly studies have shown that caffiene has a higher LD and LC then 70-80 percent of the chemicals on the market. Most of the harmful chemicals are pesticides, which in this case was not sprayed, so i would not worry about it. At the golf course, when i spray fairways with fungicides and pesticides mixed in the same tank when im done no sooner then 10 minutes later golfers are going through, and no problems have ever occured and that is 10 minutes after i sprayed, not a day.
     
  7. Surferbum21

    Surferbum21 LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW OKC
    Posts: 392

    thanks guys. i'll make sure my mom waters it in real good this time and next time before i put the kids on the yard. it obviously worried my wife b/c she is covered in yellow and it worries me b/c what if this was a client? i mean what could i do or say to them to calm them down and that nothing will happen?
     
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Pendimethilin is a pesticide.
    Also, if you are letting people on the greens 10 minutes after they are treated, you are breaking the law.:hammerhead:
     
  9. tombo82685

    tombo82685 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Pendimethilin is a herbicide. Im talking pesticides like gets rid of insects, sry i should of been a little more descriptive on that and said insecticides.

    Unfortunately try telling that to golfers, that the course is closed 2 days every 2 weeks. The club wants nothing to do with that. Plus like i said the chemicals thay we spray are not that toxic and they are mixed in a 300gal sprayer, once that is mixed and sprayed and volitilization, plants absorbing it, and the suns affects the concentrate on the grass is so meager, it wont do anything. Unless the person wnats to go around and lick every inch of the fairways that i sprayed.
     
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah,...I was just explaining that herbicides are pesticides. And any pesticides with pets shouldn't be taken lightly...atleast looked into.
     

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