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Old 09-16-2016, 05:43 AM
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I have been using Bifen for about 4 years with great results. The only pest it won't work on is gnats/no see im. I cut the grass then spray with a small boom sprayer. I let it dry 2-3 hours on the lawn before letting dogs out. As mentioned before don't spray on what you will eat or flowering plants. It will kill the bees.
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Old 10-16-2016, 10:24 AM
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When using Talstar or any Bifen product when trying to eliminate no-see-ums, you gotta spray the grass once, them come back about four to seven days later and spray again. This way you'll get what alive at that moment, then get the hatch that sits in the grass/dirt on the second spray. When I've done this method, it seems to eliminate them for about a month. When I just sprayed one time and let it go, they come back about a week later. Let me know if you guys have the same results, or a better way of doing it.
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Old 05-24-2019, 02:10 PM
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Update to this....I know I am bringing back from the dead but I've made a change and found out some new information that I thought might be helpful.

I am still spraying Bifen successfully but have made a couple changes. I have recently switched to Bifen XTS along WITH Alligare 90 which is a surfactant. I mix the two at a rate of a 1/2 oz per gallon per chemical. The Bifen XTS is an oil based product with far more active ingredient so the residual is much longer and the immediate knock down power is unreal. I also store my Bifen in a climate controlled environment now...apparently the product degrades when exposed to extreme heat; I was storing it in the barn lol.

Anyway, thought I would pass along this info...I am getting even better results now. I still spray nothing that flowers, don't want to kill the honey bees.





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Old 05-24-2019, 02:44 PM
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I use the XTS with a dash of dish soap. Also a surfactant, but obviously doesn't have the defoaming properties that the Alligare has.

Takes down angry hornets fast enough that I don't worry about getting stung.
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Old 05-24-2019, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
Update to this....I know I am bringing back from the dead but I've made a change and found out some new information that I thought might be helpful.

I am still spraying Bifen successfully but have made a couple changes. I have recently switched to Bifen XTS along WITH Alligare 90 which is a surfactant. I mix the two at a rate of a 1/2 oz per gallon per chemical. The Bifen XTS is an oil based product with far more active ingredient so the residual is much longer and the immediate knock down power is unreal. I also store my Bifen in a climate controlled environment now...apparently the product degrades when exposed to extreme heat; I was storing it in the barn lol.

Anyway, thought I would pass along this info...I am getting even better results now. I still spray nothing that flowers, don't want to kill the honey bees.





I thought the the XTS label says 1 oz per 3 gallons, so that would be 1/3 Oz per gallon
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Old 06-13-2019, 06:55 AM
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Taken directly from XTS label:

Application to Home Lawns: Apply Bifen XTS as a broadcast treatment in 2 to 10 gallons of carrier per 1000 sq. ft. When treating thick grass foliage, use higher volumes to get complete, uniform coverage.

0.07-0.15 fl. ozs. per 1000 square feet for lawns.

If I calculated correctly, I should be able to do my 4.8 acres with 32oz of product.

212575 sq/ft total/1000=212.575 1000 sq/ft tracts.

212.575*.15= 31.9 oz.

Am I correct in my calculation here? Also, not to concern myself with the oz/per gallon, just the oz/1000 sq/ft? dilution ratio not necessarily important, just that a certain amount of product gets put down in a certain space. Will be using a 25 gal towable sprayer behind an ATV or mower.

All I am really concerned about is ticks, chiggers, and skeeters.
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Old 06-13-2019, 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted by kawakx125 View Post
Taken directly from XTS label:

Application to Home Lawns: Apply Bifen XTS as a broadcast treatment in 2 to 10 gallons of carrier per 1000 sq. ft. When treating thick grass foliage, use higher volumes to get complete, uniform coverage.

0.07-0.15 fl. ozs. per 1000 square feet for lawns.

If I calculated correctly, I should be able to do my 4.8 acres with 32oz of product.

212575 sq/ft total/1000=212.575 1000 sq/ft tracts.

212.575*.15= 31.9 oz.

Am I correct in my calculation here? Also, not to concern myself with the oz/per gallon, just the oz/1000 sq/ft? dilution ratio not necessarily important, just that a certain amount of product gets put down in a certain space. Will be using a 25 gal towable sprayer behind an ATV or mower.

All I am really concerned about is ticks, chiggers, and skeeters.
very close. Iím getting 209,088 ft though. Which would work out to be 31.36oz. Also, are you going off of your lot size or actual spray area? Need to only use your actual spray area (you may already be).

For broadcast treatment I do the heavier rate only for the first treatment, then the lower rate from then on. Plenty effective. Also need to hit any bushes that you can. Do limit application to dusk or dawn, and also donít spray anything that flowers. If you have any flowering weeds (such as clover) take care of them several weeks prior to applying bifen to avoid killing honey bees. Try to at least use the minimum prescribed water volume for maximum effectiveness. It mixes very well with most herbicides, so long as there isnít too much surfactant used. I frequently apply it along with glyphosate, 2-4-d, and pre-emergent.

Bifen is a great product, but I canít emphasize enough how important it is to take care when applying it to avoid harming the bees.
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Old 06-13-2019, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post

Bifen is a great product, but I canít emphasize enough how important it is to take care when applying it to avoid harming the bees.
THIS. Very important.
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:02 AM
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I sprayed a batch of the XTS along with Merit three weeks ago, the chafer beetles are still surfacing and some still moving. The recent rain seems to have brought them to the top.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post


very close. Iím getting 209,088 ft though. Which would work out to be 31.36oz. Also, are you going off of your lot size or actual spray area? Need to only use your actual spray area (you may already be).

For broadcast treatment I do the heavier rate only for the first treatment, then the lower rate from then on. Plenty effective. Also need to hit any bushes that you can. Do limit application to dusk or dawn, and also donít spray anything that flowers. If you have any flowering weeds (such as clover) take care of them several weeks prior to applying bifen to avoid killing honey bees. Try to at least use the minimum prescribed water volume for maximum effectiveness. It mixes very well with most herbicides, so long as there isnít too much surfactant used. I frequently apply it along with glyphosate, 2-4-d, and pre-emergent.

Bifen is a great product, but I canít emphasize enough how important it is to take care when applying it to avoid harming the bees.
also, forgot to add, if your current numbers are based on lot size rather than spray area, you can usually quickly measure out your spray area pretty close using your counties GIS system. Most GIS mapping software includes the ability to measure area and lines. Makes it quick and easy to do.
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Originally Posted by mikeloew View Post
IMHO the only thing that works is your County doing Aeriel spraying. Localized control is a waste of money. Monroe County does a great job in the Keys. When I come down to my vacation home in the Keys I never see a skeeter, In Wisconsin I can not even sit on my deck after dusk you WILL lose a gallon of blood. I have tried every gimmick known to man kind, they are all a joke.
and we wonder why honey bees are dying out?
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would spraying the yard with bifen help take care of spiders?
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post


very close. Iím getting 209,088 ft though. Which would work out to be 31.36oz. Also, are you going off of your lot size or actual spray area? Need to only use your actual spray area (you may already be).

For broadcast treatment I do the heavier rate only for the first treatment, then the lower rate from then on. Plenty effective. Also need to hit any bushes that you can. Do limit application to dusk or dawn, and also donít spray anything that flowers. If you have any flowering weeds (such as clover) take care of them several weeks prior to applying bifen to avoid killing honey bees. Try to at least use the minimum prescribed water volume for maximum effectiveness. It mixes very well with most herbicides, so long as there isnít too much surfactant used. I frequently apply it along with glyphosate, 2-4-d, and pre-emergent.

Bifen is a great product, but I canít emphasize enough how important it is to take care when applying it to avoid harming the bees.
total lot size is actually 4.88 acres which is where i took my numbers from. Probably spraying about 4, but i figured i'd calculate for all of it to account for some waste. have plenty of trees and a hedgerow the remainder can be used on.

I've looked at all kinds of different products, it seems as though this will be my best bet, definitely one of the more cost-effective ones out there. at the minimum water volume, it looks like it will take 400 gal for my area.
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Are you guys spraying your boats too? At the marina we are getting absolutely killed with gnats and no see ums.
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by kawakx125 View Post
total lot size is actually 4.88 acres which is where i took my numbers from. Probably spraying about 4, but i figured i'd calculate for all of it to account for some waste. have plenty of trees and a hedgerow the remainder can be used on.

I've looked at all kinds of different products, it seems as though this will be my best bet, definitely one of the more cost-effective ones out there. at the minimum water volume, it looks like it will take 400 gal for my area.
Can always water it in with sprinklers.
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and we wonder why honey bees are dying out?
Much of the aerial spraying is now done at night specifically to avoid bee impact.

Guys doing that have some serious balls.
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Are you guys spraying your boats too? At the marina we are getting absolutely killed with gnats and no see ums.
Yep, but not for gnats and other flying stuff. It's not a repellent for stuff in the air. It kills mosquito's in their breeding spots. Works great on the boat/dock to keep spiders at bay.
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would spraying the yard with bifen help take care of spiders?
Absolutely. And can spray your house as well.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Can always water it in with sprinklers.
i'd probably just be better off timing it throw down before a light rain
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
You try my method...if it doesn't work I buy your remaining Bifen. I swear by this shit. I have nothing to do with them either...just a really really happy customer!!!!!!!

Forgot to mention: spray everything, decks, flower beds, half way up the walls of the house, crawl space if you got one. EVERYTHING UNLESS YU INTEND TO EAT IT.

At my home in Houston I use a little garden sprayer that attaches to the hose. For the acre on the water I drag a 25 gallon tank with an electric pump behind the Mule. It's got two sprayers that will spray about 7' wide.
Are you spaying the lawn, trees, and plants. The mosquitos are tearing up.my 9 yro daughter they love her.
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