Acephate 75 SP

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Acephate 75 SP

Acephate 75 SP may be used in a variety of exterior settings include fields and pastures, recreational turf, residential and landscaped turf, for superior control of fire ants.

Active Ingredient: Acephate 75%
Target pests: Fire Ants and other agricultural pests
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For use in: Fire Ant Mounds (The Acephate 75 product label has recently changed and new regulations limit uses to fire ant mounds only)
Application: 1 - 2 tsp per ant mound
Pet safe: Yes, when used as directed on label
Yield: 108 Fire Ant Mounds
Manufactured By: VPG (UPC: 732221330351)

ACEPHATE 75 SP is an insecticide for control of fire ant mounds in certain non-crop areas. The active ingredient in ACEPHATE 75 SP is acephate. A one (1) pound container of Acephate 75 SP can treat up to 108 fire ant mounds, and in most situations you only have to treat once per season.

Fire Ants Mound Treatments:

  • Dry Method- Evenly distribute 1 to 2 teaspoons over the mound

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  • 37 of 37 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Stinks but works great!
    By Sue on May 3, 2008

    Acephate 75 SP is the best product I have found to get rid of fire ants!! I went into our local feed store one day and asked about poison for fire ants, because what I was buying at Walmart just was not working. So she told me this stuff stinks awful and is expensive but it works. She told me to mix about 4-5 teaspoonfuls into a small bag of cornmeal and just sprinkle it on the ant mounds and yahoo!! Fire ants be gone!! I will not use anything else!! I do not mind paying good money for a product that works, and this stuff does.

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  • 13 of 14 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Honey bee control with Acephate
    By Bob in magnolia tx on June 9, 2010

    I used Acephate to get rid of Honey Bees in the walls of a trailer at the deer lease. There were about 1000 bees going in a hole of the trailer. Put 3 large teaspoons in the hole after dark and we never saw another bee around the trailer, starting with the very next morning. I was told about this from a bee keeper here in Texas. It also does a great job on fire ants.

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  • 12 of 12 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Awesome ant killer
    By Robert on February 15, 2012
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    This product is great, I mixed 1oz with 4-5 gallons of water and it killed all the ant's in the mound. Worth every penny. P.S. this stuff stinks but works.

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  • 10 of 10 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Smells Terrible, but is Extremely Effective Fire Ant Killer
    By Herbert in Hartsville, South Carolina on September 16, 2012
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    The Acephate 75 SP that I purchased is very effective at combatting my fire ant problem. More care must be taken to seal the containers, gallon sized zip lock bags are ideal for this purpose, or the smell of the product is very offensive to the United States Postal Service. The smell from the box was so bad the Post Master of my post office made a special after hours trip to deliver the box to me rather than let it continue to smell his entire post office, prompting many complaints from postal customers. He was nice about the problem, and accepted my apology for the smell escaping from the packaging. I did not receive an open container in my shipment; however, there was some Acephate on the containers that apparently was the result of a different container having leaked. I will use this product in the future, but I hope that I do not receive complaints from my Post Master about the smell.

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  • 9 of 9 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Great product, Great shipping.
    By Angela in East Alton, Il on July 15, 2010
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    This product arrived quickly and it works great. Thanks.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  I hate Fire Ants
    By Dave in Hill Country Texas on April 16, 2015

    I love this stuff. Following the simple instructions and two to three days later the mound is dead. No need to disturb the mound. As soon as you sprinkle in on they start coming out.

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Fire Ants HATE this stuff!
    By Billy in Jacksonville, FL on November 4, 2014
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    This stuff works great. Has a strong smell, but if you stay on top of all the mounds... you will win the war on fire ants! I shook a little on all my mounds and in a few hours they were abandoned. Yard is almost ant free.

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  fire ant
    By Stanley in Mooringsport Louisiana on July 19, 2014
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    I tried everything from Home Depot Lowes etc. Nothing works like this product. Ants are gone in 24 hours. Don't waste you money on anything else.

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    4 of 5 Stars  It Works! No More Fire Ants
    By AJ in Dallas, TX on June 8, 2014

    Spread 2~3 teaspoons of Acephate 75 SP on top of the fire ants mound, after 1~2 weeks the whole mound is empty, no new mound found either.

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  • 8 of 9 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  acephae 75
    By Mrs.g.walker, in atlanta, ga. on January 5, 2014
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    I been buying this for years, I use it for everything, outside, indoors etc. it kills them all, roaches, spiders, water bugs, I even loaned some to a friend and it killed bed bugs as well, I simply made up some in an old spray bottle and went around the baseboards, windows ledges, behind furniture, in between the cracks of dresser drawers, behind the commode, etc. any where you think they might hide, just use about 5 scoops and fill the rest with water & shake, it stinks like hell and dries with a white mist but wipe down and forget about your problem, repeat in 6 months. ok around kids and pets, but do wipe down with a dry damp cloth, not wet, you don't want to wash it away, don't have the kids or pets licking these areas, but I assure you they won't lick twice, it's bitter, stings & stinks, spray good and good out for a couple of hours, come home, air the place down a minute and happy, happy for the next 6 months, at least that's how I do it --enjoy!!!!!( ijs,& in my opinion).

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Acephate 75 SP killed fire ant hill right away
    By PB in Central Florida on December 10, 2013
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    worked great; didn't smell as bad as others has noted; happy to have a product that does what it says it would do

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Works Great
    By Elaine in Howe, Oklahoma on October 24, 2013
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    This product really works great. We put in a bottle with a shacker top (large holes in it) and sprinkled on the nests. They were gone the next day. Will purchase product again.

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Great Product
    By Greg in Apopka, FL on October 21, 2013
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    I was growing extremely frustrated with my fire ant problem. There were little mounds all over my back yard, nothing i tried seemed to work against them. I took a chance on this stuff and let me tell you I'm glad I did. Within the first day activity came to a stop. It's been 5 days so far and still no activity. I will definitely be keeping a can of this on hand. Just beware of the horrible smell, it really is bad.

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  • 6 of 8 people found this review helpful:

    2 of 5 Stars  Environmental hazard
    By Colleen in Knoxville on September 27, 2013

    If you are considering purchasing this product please read the MSDS. Please be aware that Acephate 75 SP is toxic to birds and highly toxic to bees. It can not be applied directly to water. It is not approved for use on playgrounds or residental turf, or pastures.

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  • 6 of 6 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  As Promised
    By Helen in Gainesville, Fl. on September 10, 2013
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    After reading good reviews for this product, I gave it a try. Mixed a little with some cornmeal and sprinkled around the red ant hill which was quite large. BOOM!! One day gone! I am happy happy happy. Btw, this is the first and only review I've ever done for anything. That's how impressed I am of this product.

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July 19, 2010Steve asked:

QDoes Acephate 75 SP control plant sucking insects? Such as aphids, and scale?

AYes, Acephate 75 SP is labeled to control aphids and scale crawlers. Please take a few minutes to read through the the Acephate 75 SP Product Label to be sure that the product can be used for the exact pests you have and on the plants you need to treat.

6 of 7 people found this answer helpful.
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June 21, 2011Debbie asked:

QCan I purchase Acephate 75 SP at a local feed store or Wal-Mart?
Can I get this product any where other than online?

AWe ourselves are a retailer for the Acephate 75 SP and do not know what other stores might carry it. We do offer fast, free shipping and a low price guarantee and we would love the oppportunity to earn your business!

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March 16, 2010Percy asked:

QIs Acephate 75 SP diluted with water or used full strength?

AYou can use Acephate 75 SP straight from the can full strength or dilute it with water. Please read the product label to determine which application would work best for your needs.

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May 31, 2010Leslei asked:

QDo you have a systemic acephate product?

AACEPHATE 75 SP is a water soluble insecticide readily absorbed by plant roots and foliage to give systemic control of feeding insects. Insect pests are generally controlled more effectively by Acephate 75 SP through ingestion than by contact.

3 of 3 people found this answer helpful.
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August 7, 2011Robert from Hartford, Wi asked:

QWhat quantities of Acephate 75 do I mix per gallon of water for home sprayer uses?
The fire ant killer -- acephate 75% -- can be used as a systemic insecticide in non-food applications but the can's label is not helpful in determining how many teaspoons, for example, to use per gallon of water in various garden applications.

AAcephate 75 was reviewed by the EPA and they had to change their product label for only the fire ant uses listed. Any other use would now be considered an "off label" use and we are prohibited from giving directions for off label uses. You most likely can find the old label by searching "Acephate 75 product label" online.

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March 19, 2011Phillip asked:

QWhat are the mixing instructions for Acephate 75 SP?

APlease take a few minutes to read over the Fire Ant Killer Acephate 75 SP product label. 1-2 tsp should be sprinkled over each fire ant mound in the early morning or the late afternoon.

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August 24, 2013Sharon from Round Roc, Tx asked:

QHow does Acephate kill the fire ants since they do not eat grass?


Acephate 75 SP will kill the fire ants by ingestion and treating the mound directly.

Fire Ants Mound Treatments:
Dry Method- Evenly distribute 1 to 2 teaspoons over the mound
Drench Method- Mix 1 oz. in 5 gals. of water. Apply 1 gal. of mix to each mound area by sprinkling the mound until it is wet and treat a four (4) foot diameter circle around the mound

For additional information, please click on the product label link.

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July 17, 2015Ruth from Floresville, Texas asked:

QWill Acephate 75 kill leaf-cutter ants? How long does it take to work?


Acephate 75 is not labeled for controlling leaf cutter ants so would not be recommended.

Leaf cutter ants can be a difficult pest to get rid of. The colonies are large and the ants make their own food so poison baits only have limited effects on this species of ants. According to several university websites Maxforce Complete Bait Granulescontaining hydramethylnon are some what effective, though they will usually eliminate only about 30% of a large colony in one treatment and will need to be reapplied several times.  Deltagard granules is one of the only products actually labeled for leaf cutter ants. The product label recommends treating the mound directly and lightly watering the granules in. Again it may take several treatments to get the desired results. We also recommend contacting your local cooperative extension office to see if they have any recommendations for products that have worked for other people in your region.

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June 23, 2011Chuck asked:

QWhat is the correct mixture of Acephate 75 SP for drench application to control aphids?
Yes, I have read the label and it isn't there, however, I have found it in the metric system on a European site. I need it in ounces and gallons.

AThe reason you cannot find this information on the product label is because Acephate 75 is no longer registered for use as a systemic on plants in the United States. The EPA made this change in the last year or two. We recommend that you use a product that is labeled for use a systemic such as Criterion 75 WSP, Dominion 2L, or Merit.

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July 15, 2014Pat from Dallas, Tx asked:

QIs it safe around dogs?

AYes, Acephate 75 SP is safe around pets. Acephate is classified as a General Use Pesticide (GUP), meaning that it is unlikely to harm the environment or pets as long as you follow the directions on the product label. Anyone can safely use a GUP, not just the pros.

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