Bifen IT insecticide is comparable to the very popular Talstar, but is much less expensive. Bifen IT contains 7.9% bifenthrin which provides excellent control of over 75 insect pests, leaves a long-lasting residual for up to 3 months, is odorless, non-staining, dries clear and is safe around children and pets when used as directed. Bifen IT and the other bifenthrin products can be used both indoors and outdoors, on lawns and ornamentals, and even in food-handling areas of commercial establishments. One quart of Bifen IT insecticide yields 32-96 gallons. If you are looking for a low cost alternative to Talstar One, then look no further. Bifen I/T is tough on pests, but not on your wallet.
|Active Ingredient:||Bifenthrin 7.9%|
|Target pests:||over 75 different pests -- everything from spiders, mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks and fleas to pillbugs, chinch bugs, earwigs, millipedes and termites.|
|For use in:||Inside, outside, around the perimeter, ornamental, and food handling areas. NOT for use on food and vegetable gardens.|
|Pet safe:||Yes, when dry.|
|NOT FOR SALE TO:||MA, NY, CT, VT, HI, AK|
|Manufactured By:||Control Solutions (UPC: 072693044302)|
How Bifen IT Works
Bifen IT is a liquid concentrate insecticide that contains bifenthrin, a synthetic pyrethroid. Pyrethroids work by disrupting an insect's nervous system causing a weakened state followed by death. Bifen IT does not provide an instant knockdown of pests, rather, pests pick up the residual active ingredient by contact. Bifen IT is a repellent insecticide since it acts quickly enough that social insects such as ants cannot create a pheromone trail. This means that Bifen IT will be most effective as a barrier for target pests with a thorough application.
Bifen IT Target Pests
Bifen IT is very effective on Japanese Beetles, clover mites, ants, termites, fleas, ticks, spiders, scorpions, roaches, millipedes, earwigs, army worms, mealybugs, mites, grasshoppers, pillbugs, cutworms, sod webworms, weevils, leaf miners, box elder bugs, bees, wasps, sowbugs, crickets, and turf and ornamental pests. Bifen IT even has an expanded label to include control of stink bugs indoors and outdoors.
PESTS CONTROLLED WITH BIFEN IT: adelgids, American dog ticks, annual bluegrass weevils, ants, aphids, armyworms, bagworms, banks grass mites, bed bugs (not in residential areas), bees, beet armyworms, beetles, billbugs, biting flies, black turfgrass ataenius, black vine weevils, boxelder bugs, broad mites, brown soft scales, budworms, California red scale centipedes, carpet beetles, carpenter ants, centipedes, chiggers, chinch bugs, cicadas, citrus thrips, clothes moths, clover mites, cockroaches, crane flies, crickets, cutworms, deer ticks, diaprepes, dichondra flea beetles, earwigs, elm leaf beetles, European red mites, fall webworms, filth-breeding flies, firebrats, fleas, flea beetles, flies, fungus gnats, gnats, grasshoppers, gypsy moth caterpillars, hide beetles, hornets, imported fire ants, Japanese beetles, lace bugs, leaf feeding caterpillars, leafhoppers, leafminers, leafrollers, litter beetles, mealybugs, midges, millipedes, mites, mole crickets, mosquitoes, moths, orchid weevils, pecan leaf scorch mite, pillbugs, pine needle scales, pine shoot beetle, plant bugs, psyllids, roaches, San Jose scales, scorpions, silverfish, sod webworms, sow bugs, spiders (including black widow spiders), spider mites, spittlebugs, springtails, stink bugs, subterranean termites (genera Reticulitermes, Zootermopsis, Coptotermes and Heterotermes), tent caterpillars, thrips, ticks, tip moths, treehoppers, twig borers, wasps, weevils, whiteflies, wood-infesting beetles (including but not limited to old house borers and powder post), yellow jackets
Target Uses of Bifen IT
Talstar One, Bifen I/T and other Bifenthrin generics control over 75 common insect pests, including termites. Bifen can be used as an indoor and outdoor pest control, turf and ornamental application, and for treating pests in food-handling areas. Both Talstar One and Bifen I/T contain microcrystals that do not break down easily with rain once they bond to surfaces. Both Talstar One and Bifen IT are clear substances that leave no stains on painted surfaces. Bifen IT can last up to 6 months outside. See below for list of approved usage sites.
ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Bifenthrin - 7.9% synthetic pyrethroid.
Bifen IT Application Instructions
Best applied with a 1 gallon sprayer. Apply to outside foundation and all entry points such as around windows, doors, etc. Always read the label completely before use!
1 pint (16 oz.) concentrate yields 16-32 gallons of finished solution.
1 quart (32 oz.) concentrate yields 32-96 gallons of finished solution.
¾ gallon (96 oz.) concentrate yields 96-192 gallons of finished solution.
Standard Application Dilution rates / Mixing Ratios for Bifen IT
0.33 oz./gallon of water – 0.02% - prevention, low level infestions
0.5 oz./gallon of water – 0.031% – general indoor or outdoor use
1.0 oz./gallon of water - 0.06% - severe infestations, less frequent treatments, longer residual, quicker knockdown
1 gallon of finished solution should cover 1,000 square feet when using a hand pump sprayer.
*See the video above for general use mixing and application instruction using a Chapin Premier 1 gallon sprayer.
Bifen IT is for use in the following areas:
In and around such areas as homes, commercial and industrial buildings, recreational areas, athletic fields, lawns and ornamentals; livestock and poultry houses; gardens, parks, lawns, grounds and other ornamental sites; flowers, foliage pants, non-bearing fruit and nut trees, shrubs, ornamental trees; interior and exterior plantscapes such as those in hotels, office buildings, shopping malls, etc.; both food/feed and nonfood areas of food/feed handling establishments; aircraft (excluding cabins), apartments, bakeries, bottling facilities, breweries, buses, cafeterias, candy plants, canneries, dairy product processing plants, food manufacturing plants, food processing plants, food service establishments, granaries, grain mills, hospitals, hotels, industrial buildings, laboratories, meat/poultry/egg processing plants, mobile/motor homes, nursing homes, offices, railcars, restaurants, schools, ships, trailers, trucks, vessels, warehouses, wineries
Use 0.33 to 1 fluid oz. per gallon of water for residual pest control in buildings and structures and on modes of transport. Apply either as a crack and crevice, pinstream, spot, coarse, low pressure spray (25 psi or less) or with a paint brush.
Apply as a coarse, low pressure, crack and crevice or spot spray to areas where pests hide, such as baseboards, corners, storage areas, closets, around water pipes, doors and windows, attics and eaves, behind and under refrigerators, cabinets, sinks, furnaces, stoves, the underside of shelves, drawers and similar areas.
- Do not use as a space spray.
- Pay particular attention to cracks and crevices.
- Limit repeat application to no more than once per seven days and only if there are signs of renewed insect activity.
*Bifen IT may be converted to a foam for residual treatment of voids or as a spot spray when visual marking of application is desired.
*Bifen IT is NOT labeled for control of bedbugs in residential or commercial areas except for in livestock and poultry housing structures.
General application for crawling pests - Mix 0.5 to 1 oz. of Bifen IT in one gallon of water and apply to the outside foundation of the home, approx. 3 feet up the side of the house and 2 feet out from the house. Also spray entry points into the home such as around windows, pipes, doorways, etc. For general preventative treatment, apply Bifen IT once every 3 months.
Mosquitoes - To control mosquitoes around buildings, landscapes, and lawns, dilute 0.33 to 1.0 fl. oz. per gallon of water and use one gallon of dilution per 1000 square feet as a general spray. Bifen IT can be mixed at lower concentrations and applied at higher volumes to ensure application of the proper amount of product to a given area.
Bagworms - Use 0.125 to 0.25 oz. per 1,000 square feet (or 5.4 - 10.8 oz. per 100 gal.). Apply as a full coverage foliar spray. Use of a Chapin Slide Pump Sprayer will help reach higher into trees. For optimum control treat when larvae have started to hatch and are young, directing spray to contact as many larvae as possible.
Chinch Bugs – Use 0.25 to 0.5 oz. per 1,000 square feet. In order to optimize the penetration of the insecticide to location of the chinch bugs, irrigation of the grass prior to treatment may be necessary. If grass is being kept at a long mowing height or if the thatch layer is excessive, use higher volume treatments. It may be necessary to use higher application rates (up to 1 fl. oz. per 1,000 square feet) to control populations made up of both adults and nymphs in mid-summer.
Lawn applications – A hose end sprayer, such as the Chapin hose end sprayer, may be used to apply Bifen IT for lawn pests. Use up to 1.0 oz. per 1,000 square feet. Higher volume applications may be more effective with some pests, so you may want to calibrate the sprayer to a lower rate (for example, 0.25 oz/gal.) and use more water to cover a 1,000 square foot area.
Termite Applications- Bifen IT may be used for pre-construction or post-construction prevention of subterranean termites. Use 1.0 oz/gal. of water (0.06% solution) for most termite applications. For preconstruction horizontal barriers (such as under a concrete slab), use 1 gallon of solution per 10 square feet. For perimeter barrier treatments, use 4 gallons of solution per 10 linear feet. See our article How to Do a Termite Treatment, for further instructions on perimeter termite treatments. See product label for full instructions on using Bifen IT to control subterranean termites.
Bifen IT Features
*Pet Safe when dry
*Virtually no odor or staining
*Easy-to-remember mixing rates
*Convenient squeeze and pour containers (pint and quart) make measuring and mixing easy.
*Bifen IT may be tank-mixed with adjuvants and with other pesticides, including insect growth regulators.
*Very broad labeling for pests and use areas means you can use one product for many jobs
*Labeled for use in food or feed handling establishments
*Long residual for fewer treatments
Extra Tips for Using Bifen IT
*Allow at least 30 minutes after application before allowing pets or children into treatment area. For best results, allow 24 hours after outdoor application before expected rainfall or watering. Some outdoor applications may require irrigation before or after application. (See product label)
*Use with an IGR such as NyGuard IGR for control of all life stages of insects such as fleas.
*Store out of direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.
*Concentrate should be viable for 3-5 years. If separation occurs, shake well before using.
*Do not apply more than 1 oz. Bifen IT per 1,000 square feet.
*To avoid or delay pest resistance, especially on ornamentals and trees, it is recommended to use an alternate class of pesticide in any application program.
*Not labeled for use on commercially grown plants or edible plants
Compare to: Talstar P (Talstar One) *Bifen IT has the EXACT SAME label and the same amount of active ingredient as Talstar P, the more expensive brand.
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70 of 73 people found this review helpful:
By Nick on October 9, 2008
I bought Bifen IT because I saw it so highly recommended on this website. I had seen at least one cockroach each day since moving into our new house, so I knew that it needed spraying. The instructions for the Bifen IT product were clear and easy to understand. I also got a 2-gallon sprayer to use, and it worked really well. I sprayed around the foundation up to 3 feet and about 2 feet away from the house, along with any other cracks and crevices around doors, etc. I haven't seen any cockroaches in the 6 weeks since I sprayed. It's amazing! I did find a dead one outside the house around the perimeter of the porch. This stuff really works. For the price, it's a bargain, and you can save yourself a lot of money by taking the hour or so to completely do your house. I plan on re-spraying every 3 months to keep the bugs out. If you're looking for a good deal on pest control, do it yourself with Bifen IT. I also had some questions about how to use it and the customer support people here on the site were very prompt and helpful.
51 of 53 people found this review helpful:
Outstanding results on spiders, mosquitos, ants, fleas/ticks
By Charles on June 18, 2010
I own a campground in Texas, and I have been using Bifen IT for several years. I mix 1 ounce of Bifen IT per gallon of water and spray a fine mist on the lower branches of the trees in the campground (up to 6 feet off the ground). The mist that does not land on the tree branches falls to the ground, so I don't have to spray the ground. I treat the campground once every 6 months, and I have absolutely no problems with any insect. It kills mosquitos and ants almost immediately upon contact, and it takes about 30 seconds to kill spiders. When spiders are sprayed, they usually remain still for 15 seconds. Then they begin to feel the effects of the insecticide and their legs start moving frantically back and forth. At the end of 30 seconds the spider is dead. I'm not talking about little spiders. The spiders we have around here have bodies the size of a golf ball. By the way, I should mention that I add 1/4 cup of Dawn liquid dishwashing soap to 15 gallons of mixed insecticide. The liquid soap helps the insecticide stick to the foliage. Excellent product!
47 of 50 people found this review helpful:
By Sharon on February 21, 2008
I live in South Florida and about 4 years ago I noticed a 'new' variety of ant which came in fast and furious. The first year wasn't terribly bad but the second year they had multiplied 5x in numbers. I saw a pest control truck at a neighbors house and asked the guy what he knew about this new ant. He called it the "Caribbean Crazy Ant" (I looked it up on the Internet and sure enough, that was the 'new' ant). He told me that he could control this ant with a "secret" solution, and by the third year I called him for help. I live on a 1.3 acre landscaped lot with many trees, bushes, plants. He sprayed my yard and all the foliage for $200. I guess he thought that I would not attempt to spray this huge yard myself so he actually divulged his "secret" solution. He told me he used Talstar. So back to the Internet I went and found the generic Bifen IT brand. I ordered it and sprayed my own yard the next year for less than $30. The ants stayed away from my house and I will use this product each and every spring from this point on! BTW: of course, not only did it control the crazy ants, it has kept all other pests away as well!
42 of 43 people found this review helpful:
By Scott on June 15, 2008
I use Bifen IT to control fleas outside where my cat hangs out (front porch and adjacent yard area). It has proven to be extremely effective when applied every 3 to 4 months during the spring and summer. I highly recommend this product.
41 of 45 people found this review helpful:
By Butch on June 22, 2009
I like this better than Malathion and Sevin. I spray our lawn, perennials, annuals, shrubs, trees, rain gutters, under our deck and foundation with Bifen IT. I'm on a wooded acre and spray as much of my property as I can. I give everything a good wet spray with a hose end sprayer which offers more coverage than a tank sprayer. I spray a few days after a rain when everything is dried out. I've always thought that the rain and moisture breeds mosquitoes so that is a good time to spray them. There is no odor. But it's the insect protection that is fantastic. We spend a lot of time outside in the yard and gardens. We also spend a lot of time on our back deck at night. In the past it would be unbearable. This stuff kills bugs dead and keeps killing which seems like weeks at a time. Pesky mosquitoes and gnats are history. If you wanna be able to spend time outside and those flying insects are a problem then this is the stuff you need. I just hope the state doesn't outlaw it.
Bifen is great for Florida pests
By Raven on April 15, 2014
Thanks, I ordered on-line. Quick and easy no hassle. My Bifen takes care of everything from red and huge black ants, snakes and moles. The smell just keeps them all away. I buy it every six months and my lawn is beautiful and my pets can run free with no threats. LOvin Bifen
By Bud on March 17, 2014
Had a big problem with millipedes in the spring. They were all over the outside of the house. I used all different kinds of insecticides to get rid of the but nothing worked until bifen. This is a fantastic product and works in no time at all. Thank you so much.
By Larry on March 8, 2014
I had a friend recommend Bifen IT several years ago to take care of a scorpion problem. I use it at least quarterly and it really does the job. I'm extremely pleased with the product and the service from DoMyOwnPest Control!
leaf cutters and fire ants
By Leslie on January 21, 2014
I have fought these for years but have never had anything work like this stuff does. My cousin, our land joins, found out I had this so he took my first two bottles and now wants more well I will be getting us some more soon. Just a little does a real good job. Watch out ants I'll be after you this summer.
By Sue on January 11, 2014
The best Flea & BUG SPRAY !!!!! Living in Florida I've used every thing on earth even laundry soap. We got some of this given to us over a year ago. Finelly I used this stuff. WOW. killed all those bugs. Great Stuff.
By Frenchieghc on December 26, 2013
Bifen is a generic for Talstar . It is as good as brand name Talstar , but cheaper ...
1 of 1 people found this review helpful:
Scorpions - GONE!
By Michael on December 11, 2013
We here in Texas deal with scorpions on a daily basis. I originally purchased Bifen I/T to control grasshoppers but after reading the booklet I realized I had just what I needed to be able to walk in the house barefooted again. I treated the house and yard per instructions and have not seen a scorpion in three months. We killed as many as 8 scorpions a day, in the house prior to Bifen I/T. I won't be without Bifen I/T ever again.
By William on December 10, 2013
Just to let everyone that dealing with DoMyOwnPestControl was a wonderful experience. Their communication and follow is terrific. Product delivery was faster than expected. Although it is to soon to know how affective the product is. I will tell you that it was far less expensive then the other guys. So 5 stars for customer service.
By Nick on December 5, 2013
Outstanding for general outdoor pest control. Combined with an IGR that is photo stable and you have a very effective combo for mosquitos.
This stuff rocks
By Kim on November 14, 2013
We had a problem with ants infesting the oak trees in our FL yard---we sprayed the trees with this and no more ants. Some ants were getting in the house(black ants)we sprayed around the house and had no more ants inside. We saw a couple of red ant hills and sprayed those too! They are gone...If you have ant problems, get this and get rid of them!
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August 3, 2010 Jenny asked:
QIs Bifen IT safe for domestic pets?
I have three dogs, and I am scared to use chemicals.
ABifen IT is safely used in thousands of homes across the country everyday. Bifen IT is safe for use around pets when used according to the label. You should always keep children and pets away from the away while you are treating, and then once the treatment is dry it is perfectly safe to allow pets to re-enter the area
May 23, 2010 Bob asked:
QHow does Bifen IT compare to Bifen XTS and Permethrin for mosquito control?
ABifen I/T is our most popular choice for mosquito control. The Bifen XTS is the same product, just in a higher concentration. For mosquito control you do not need the higher concentration, it is not necessary. Bifen I/T would also be a better solution then permethrin because permethrin breaks down quicker in sunlight and the Bifen I/T only needs to be applied every 30 days whereas permethrin would need to be applied every two weeks. The most important thing to remember when treating for mosquitoes is that they hang out on the underside of leaves and shrubs. You should treat all shrubs, bushes and trees around the outside patio or wherever you hang out at around the house. You should also treat the tree line in your yard near the forest if one exists. Remember to not only treat the main bush or shrub but also the underside of the leaves.
September 26, 2009 Howard asked:
QWhat type of weather should I put the Bifen IT out in? Rainy, cold, hot?
AAll of our liquid insecticides including Bifen IT should be applied in dry weather, not rainy weather. All of the liquid insecticides are made to bond to dry surfaces and will last longer when applied when it is dry and not going to rain for at least 24 hours. The temperature does not matter as much. It can be applied in hot or cold weather, but it must be dry and not wet to work at its highest potential.
July 29, 2009 Honey asked:
QCan Bifen IT be used inside and be effective for household pest control?
Everything I read pertained to spraying outside. We feed and protect birds and some other fun critters that I don't want to hurt such as chameleons, rabbits and other things that eat from the ground.
ABifen IT is considered a general use insecticide and is labeled for outside and inside use. It is odorless, and very safe to use around children or pets. The general rule is that while spraying you keep children or pets in another room or outside to play. After about one hour, it should be dry and it is perfectly safe to allow kids and/or pets back in the room. This product is only strong enough to kill tiny insects, and would have no effect on animals like rabbits, etc.
March 8, 2011 Linda asked:
QIs Bifenthrin good on active termite control?
ABifenthrin products used to be considered a good form of termite treatment, but bifenthrin acts as a repellent and now a days almost all professional termite companies are using non-repellents, such as Termidor SC or Dominion 2L. We have a great article called How To Do A Termite Treatment that explains how to perform a treatment using a non-repellent termiticide.
March 31, 2014
Scott from Hampton, Va asked:
QCan you mix Bifen IT with cedar wood oil?
I am trying to keep our property as organic as possible. We tried using cedar wood oil last year to control the mosquitoes and it definitely helped to knock the population down but not to a level we would like. Can we mix a smaller portion of the Bifen IT with the cedar wood oil and then spray with the Solo 451?
A While you can spray Cedar Oil and Bifen IT in the same place for mosquito control we do not recommend mixing the products together. Bifen IT is water based and will not mix with the cedar oil and it could cause the products to be unstable and could also cause clumping which will clog your sprayer.
March 26, 2014
Ryan from Elkton, Florida asked:
QMy dog recently got out, now I have ticks on my ceiling. I bought Bifen IT, will this kill them?
I also got the backpack sprayer. I want to do my own yearly pest control. So, what are some other chemicals that I need. I live in NorthEast Florida. Thanks
A Yes, Bifen IT is labeled and works very well on ticks. However, it is important to incorporate an IGR (insect growth regulator) into the Bifen IT solution. Nyguard IGR is an exceptional IGR that is works well to control the growth cycle of ticks and prevents the ticks from being able to lay eggs.
March 15, 2014
Brandon from Corbin, Ky asked:
QHow much Bifen l/ T do i use in a 1 1/2 quart spray bottle
Does This Kill Bed Bugs
A You would mix approx. .5 fl oz Bifen IT into 1 and 1/2 quart bottle of water. Bifen IT will kill Bed Bugs. We would recommend to use one of our bed bug kits to eradicate bed bugs. Each kit contains the right products to treat all the areas needed to eradicate bed bugs.
March 6, 2014
Jeff from Manteca, Ca asked:
QShould I continue using Bifen I/T or switch to another general purpose insecticide?
I am currently using Bifen I/T for my exterior home spraying every 3 months. The bottle is nearly empty and I need to purchase more. Would it be best to continue with this product or switch to another product? I remember reading that insects can build up an immunity so it is good to change from time to time. I have had very good luck with Bifen I/T in getting rid of my ants and spiders. If you do recommend changing, then what do you recommend? Thanks!
A It normally takes many years for insects to build a resistancy to insecticides. If you are still experiencing good results from Bifen I/T then I would recommend continuing with Bifen I/T. The price and effectiveness cannot be matched.
February 25, 2014
Sherry from Alma, Ga asked:
QIs it safe to mix Bifen IT with Atrazine in my sprayer to spray at the same time?
February 7, 2014
Kathy from Rocky Point asked:
QUsing Bifen as a barrier around house for termites
Using the 4 gallon to 10 liner foot trench method, how long should it last in the soil as a barrier? I already have a full container of Bifen I/T or I would use something else, will this work?
A Bifenthrin products used to be considered a good form of termite treatment, but bifenthrin acts as a repellent and now a days almost all professional termite companies are using non-repellents, such as Termidor SC or Dominion 2L. Termidor will last 10+ years in the soill and Dominion will last 5-7 years. We have a great article called How To Do A Termite Treatment that explains how to perform a treatment using a non-repellent termiticide.
January 8, 2014
Bob from Salida, Co asked:
QHow many oz of Bifen IT do I add to a one gal hand sprayer for clover mites on outside home area?
December 11, 2013
Ryan from Meridian Ms asked:
QDoes Bifen IT work on Termites?
Bifen IT will kill termites that come in contact with the chemical. To eradicate termites you want to use a product that has a "tranfer-kill" effect. Termidor SC is a great product to use to treat termites. Please see our Termite Control Page. Scroll to the bottom of the page and find information on identification and treatment for termites.
November 17, 2013
Todd from Grove City, Ohio asked:
QHow long will Bifen IT store after mixed ?
October 12, 2013 J. asked:
QOnce Bifen It is applied to the yard and baseboards, how long does it take to kill brown dog ticks?
A How long it takes the ticks to die after they come into contact with a treated area will depend on a number of factors. It will depend on the maturity of the tick as well as how long they stayed on the treated area, how long it has been since the area was treated and the concentration that was used to treat the area. Typically it can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a day or so for them to die. It can take several weeks for you to stop seeing ticks indoors because the ticks like to stay hidden which also means they could be staying out of treated areas and eggs may hatch out prolonging the infestation. We recommend doing follow up treatments every two weeks at the highest usage rate of 1 oz of product per gallon of water until you do not see any ticks.