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What to use for ticks, fleas, grubs?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by shovelracer, Jun 10, 2006.

  1. ampeg76

    ampeg76 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    in regards to the pets
  2. ampeg76

    ampeg76 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    i believe the label for topchoice gives control of fleas for one month, granular talstar will give longer control

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,134

    she is all freaked out about ticks due to her kid having Lyme and she thinks more is better and i keep telling her no
  4. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969

    As you already read here Grubs are underground and would be treated different than surface insects. But there is a lot of Misinformation in this thread.

    Yes fleas and ticks have a 28 day life cycle and Eggs can hatch out and re-infest if follow up control treatment is not done. BTW Flea eggs can go dormant for up to two years and then hatch in the Presents of CO2 from mammal breath. They need a Mammal Blood meal in order to reproduce.

    Granular Talstar treatment is not any where near as effective as liquid spray. Ticks and Fleas will live in bushes or trees waiting for a mammal to pass by and jump on that mammal for their Blood meal. They are very sensitive to both C02 and vibration.

    High rates of Talstar are not needed for fleas and ticks if liquid spray is used. High rates of Granular Talstar are best saved for heavy Ant infestations. Even Talstar only gets 75 to 80% of the ants. Baits can be effective up to 95%

    As stated before Fleas and ticks will live in shrubs and trees where granular Top Choice can not reach. Therefore Top Choice is not the Best Choice for Fleas and Ticks.

    Just Because an insect is on the label of a product doesn't mean that product is the best control agent for that insect.

    Granules do have longer residual as a general rule than liquids but whether you use Granules of liquids you have to make contact in some way with the target species you wish to control

    Pyrethroids (which Talstar is) are fairly safe to all mammals and even birds. However very little in a pond will kill fish. Should you or your dog-cat drink a pyrethoids you would experience dry mouth because it will close the saliva glans temporary. Dogs and Cats will react to this by foaming at the mouth. Give them water and they will be OK.

    OK The most effective way to control Fleas and Ticks.

    1. ID and know the life cycle of the pest you are dealing with.

    2. Keep pets on preventives like front line from your local Vet.

    3. Have a professional apply Precor and a general household insecticide to the inside of your home. You are not paying him for WHAT he uses but WHERE AND HOW he uses it. Knowledge is key here.

    4. Every 30 days for up to 3 months if nesscessary, Blanket Apply a low rate AI Pyrethroid insecticide in a high volume spray to every shrub. tree, bush, weed, and grass on your property and if you can talk the neigbor into it do his place also. I use 10 gallons of finish spray @ 0.5 oz of Talstar per thousand sq ft.

    PS If I stepped on anyones toes, Well so be it. There was just too much misinformation in this thread. I don't like to type this much with one finger, so I let a lot of misinformation go on most of the time by not replying.
  5. ccash

    ccash Banned
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    but it dosnt
  6. ampeg76

    ampeg76 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    i would have to disagree, with the company i currently work for, talstar has had better effect!

    i treated a property with mucho fleas(while spreading i could see numerous fleas having a field day on my shirt, i ended up going stripping down to boxers at a local carwash, red bites everywhere!), with granular talstar ez, it took care of the problem within a week, the treatment lasted around 3 months!

    i also treated a property in the burbs for fireants and fleas with topchoice, fleas were visibly active at one month and about two weeks!

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,134

    thanks ric
  8. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Too bad you don't work for a knowledgeable CPO. With the correct control method you would never of been bitten that bad.

    You are welcome. But as a one finger typer it took me longer than I wanted to made this post. I see so much mis-information here that I don't correct because it takes time to correct.
  9. teeca

    teeca LawnSite Bronze Member
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    LOL..:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :hammerhead:

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
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