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Pam writes,

I have larder beetles. I need to know what I can use to get rid of them but will not harm my Macaws?

I am in an apartment, and I know they are using the radiators. The eggs have hatched and now these beetles are already shedding by the time they get to the other register. My cat is excellent at finding these things. Anyway, I have asked my manager to have his bug guy come, but I get nowhere. I also have two Macaws that are VERY sensitive. I cannot even cook on Teflon, the fumes will kill them. Someone told me to use Bifenthrin, but is this safe? What are my alternatives?


Bifenthrin is an active ingredient found in several products, Talstar P being the most popular and widely used bifenthrin product. Talstar P is a very safe product and is even labeled to be used in poultry houses and animal confinement areas. Having said that, we do not feel comfortable making a product recommendation for you because your birds are so sensitive. We recommend you speak to your veterinarian for recommendations or remove the birds completely during the entire treatment process.

Answer last updated on: 07/30/2010

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