Pronounced “py-re-throid,” these ingredients are found in many commonly used consumer home and garden pesticides for treating problems with mosquitoes, caterpillars, ants, spiders, garden worms, wasps, cockroaches, aphids and other insect infestations.
Tips for Pyrethroid Use
Homeowners and gardeners who choose to use pesticides to control insects
in their yards should adhere to the following guidelines:
- Always read the entire label first and follow the directions
- Reduce pest infestations by eliminating what often attracts them or creates ideal breeding conditions – standing water, pet droppings, tree prunings or fallen fruit
- Remove thatch buildup in lawns to ensure water soaks deeply into the lawn and prevents runoff
- Mix and use only the amount you need
- Avoid applying a spray or dust on a windy day
- Rinse all pesticide application equipment only over the treated area
- Always use dry sawdust or kitty litter to soak up a liquid spill and then sweep it into a plastic garbage bag for disposal; don’t use water to rinse or clean up a liquid spill
- Sweep or blow granules that fall on porches, driveways and sidewalks back onto the treated area
- When watering treated areas, don’t overwater and don’t allow water to runoff into gutters, in-lawn drains or storm drains
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