Pest control coming to spray

Ray--Opo

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Having a professional pest control coming over to spray inside and outside.
I am having the front yard treated for sure. ( Opo never goes there)
They claim the pesticides they use are safe for Opo.
Here are the pesticides they are using.
As of right now I am not going to have them do the backyard.
Any feedback would be appreciated. Does anyone think these pesticides should be used in the backyard?
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Well the Deltaguard is less toxic to humans because of our mass compared to bugs but it can be eaten and absorbed through the skin and stays around for a long time. For a Floridian I think you just have to be very careful when you do treat and establish protocols so no tracking of chemicals from one area to another- tub of soapy water for a shoe wash by the gate separating the front and backyards. Sadly if you don't use some chemicals you would be overrun eventually. So just be careful with spray direction---Supervise you got the chops for it!

What happens to deltamethrin in the environment?​

When deltamethrin gets in the soil, it has a tendency to bind tightly to soil particles. It has a half-life ranging from 5.7- 209 days. Half-life is the measure of time it takes for half of the applied amount to break down. The half-life can change based on soil chemistry, temperature, water content and the amount of organic matter in the soil. Deltamethrin does not break down as quickly in soil with a high clay or organic matter content. Deltamethrin is broken down by microbes, light, and water. Its two major breakdown products move more easily in the soil than deltamethrin itself.

Deltamethrin is not likely to evaporate into the air or dissolve easily into water.

Deltamethrin has a half-life of 5.9-17 days on plant surfaces. It is unlikely to be taken up by plants, since it binds to soil particles so tightly.
 

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Thank you, I read a post on the pest control website, where a customer had their yard sprayed. The company said chemicals were safe for pets. Her 3 cats ended up at the vet's. All of them were vomiting. The vet said it was from the pesticides. I don't think I will have them spray or put granules in the backyard. I think I will use food grade Diatomaceous in the backyard. Let them spray the soffits of the house in the backyard. I like the idea of soapy water at the gates, when entering the backyard.
Thanks so much!
 

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I wouldn't want any of that stuff around me, my pets, or their food. I'd rather deal with the bugs than toxic chemicals all over my living space. No thank you. I spot treat problem insects like fire ants, and use nontoxic methods for other things like mosquitoes, yellow jackets, biting flies, etc...

Listen to the story told by your neighbors cats. They are trying to warn you. Thats what I call a clue.
 

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Thanks everyone, I kind of knew it wasn't good. I wanted to get a feel of your opinions. I got responses from members who I respect your opinions. I will do a little homework and find some safe methods. My wife goes around the backyard and sprays the fire ant hills away with water. Takes a few days for them to come back. I used to use a chemical on them, where I took a 4' peice of re rod and made about 5 holes 3' deep around and in the middle of the mound. Fill it with the pesticides. I was trying to get the queen. That was pretty effective, but that was before Opo. I guess I will find a natural solution to do the same.
Again thanks for your input. 😁
Time to do some googling!
 

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Thanks everyone, I kind of knew it wasn't good. I wanted to get a feel of your opinions. I got responses from members who I respect your opinions. I will do a little homework and find some safe methods. My wife goes around the backyard and sprays the fire ant hills away with water. Takes a few days for them to come back. I used to use a chemical on them, where I took a 4' peice of re rod and made about 5 holes 3' deep around and in the middle of the mound. Fill it with the pesticides. I was trying to get the queen. That was pretty effective, but that was before Opo. I guess I will find a natural solution to do the same.
Again thanks for your input. 😁
Time to do some googling!
I also use pesticides for underground ant colonies. Your method sounds solid. I prevent access to these areas until the ants have carried the pesticides underground to their colonies. I use Amdro ant granules for this. They are bright yellow and its easy to see when they are gone.
 

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I also use pesticides for underground ant colonies. Your method sounds solid. I prevent access to these areas until the ants have carried the pesticides underground to their colonies. I use Amdro ant granules for this. They are bright yellow and its easy to see when they are gone.
Thanks Tom, I could cover with a 2'x2' peice of plywood. I was also thinking about using this. Diatomaceous Earth Basics, but should I use heavy like a perimeter or spread the whole lawn, like if I was using fertilizer?
 

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We have really bad fire ants. We switched to a product called Advion a few years ago and it is amazing. You can sprinkle a teaspoon or so on a mound and they come pouring out, grab every granule and take it down inside in minutes. By the next day there is no activity and the whole mound is dead in 2-3 days, not just moved somewhere else. We cover the mounds after treating so the chickens don't try to eat it before the ants.
We don't use it around the tortoises though, we use permethrin for fire ants that pop up in their enclosure. It works quickly but doesn't seem to kill the entire colony
 

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Thanks Tom, I could cover with a 2'x2' peice of plywood. I was also thinking about using this. Diatomaceous Earth Basics, but should I use heavy like a perimeter or spread the whole lawn, like if I was using fertilizer?
I cover it with a basket so its open to the light and air, but inaccessible to torts or birds or pets.
 

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We have really bad fire ants. We switched to a product called Advion a few years ago and it is amazing. You can sprinkle a teaspoon or so on a mound and they come pouring out, grab every granule and take it down inside in minutes. By the next day there is no activity and the whole mound is dead in 2-3 days, not just moved somewhere else. We cover the mounds after treating so the chickens don't try to eat it before the ants.
We don't use it around the tortoises though, we use permethrin for fire ants that pop up in their enclosure. It works quickly but doesn't seem to kill the entire colony
Great info,thanks!
 
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