How Do I Mix Talstar?

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Talstar works on a variety of indoor and outdoor pests.
Talstar works on a variety of indoor and outdoor pests. (Image: ants & ahises image by Marek Kosmal from Fotolia.com)

Talstar sells a wide variety of products both for commercial and residential use. Talstar insecticide concentrate for residential applications contains 7.9 percent Bifenthrin, effective for killing fireants, mole crickets, chinch bugs and other household and garden pests. Talstar P, also known as Talstar One and Talstar Professional should never be used near a residential water supply and should always be mixed and distributed with the utmost of care. Always read the manufacturer recommendations when using any Talstar product in or near your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Protective clothing
  • Eye goggles
  • Chemically-resistant gloves
  • Plastic container
  • Water
  • Non-household measuring device
  • 25 psi or lower sprayer
  • Brush

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Outdoor Use

Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, protective goggles, chemically-resistant gloves, shoes and socks when mixing Talstar for residential use.

Cover all food surfaces, processors and utensils when mixing and using Talstar indoors. Remove any exposed food items from the area before mixing or application.

Dilute .33 fluid ounces of Talstar to one gallon of water in a plastic container to arrive at a .02 percent suspension. Use the .02 percent suspension on lighter infestations. Add Talstar directly to water in the container when mixing. Do not use household utensils or household measuring devices with this pesticide.

Dilute one fluid ounce of Talstar to one gallon of water for a .06 percent suspension. One fluid ounce equals two tablespoons. Use the .06 suspension for heavier infestations.

Close the container and shake the solution until well mixed.

Apply Talstar as a pour method on anthills, with a brush for perimeter areas or with a sprayer that has no more than 25 psi. Apply outdoors during cool weather, either in early morning or evenings—never during the heat of the day.

Remove clothing at once if the pesticide gets inside of protective clothing and wash skin thoroughly before putting on new clothes. Wash the outside of protective gloves with soap and water before removing. Wash hands thoroughly after mixing and applying Talstar.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never apply Talstar on soil that is frozen or water-saturated under any conditions where possible run-off can occur to other areas of the yard.
  • Keep Talstar away from water supplies and wells.
  • Use gloves that are chemically-resistant, made from materials such as neoprene rubber, barrier laminate, polyvinyl chloride or vitron.
  • Call a poison control center for treatment advice in the event of ingestion or exposure to eyes or skin. Rinse skin and eyes for 15 to 20 minutes if exposure occurs.

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