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R. writes,

I've got stink bugs to burn, and have just ordered Venom to help begin to control them.

I've read the label for application rates, but, as you know, they're designed for farm/orchard applications, not home gardens. What would be the conversion to a per-gallon-of-water rate, assuming use on fruit trees and vegetables? Any help would be greatly appreciated. They've destroyed all our fruit for the past two years. I'm considering collecting them and letting them loose in the Chinese Embassy.


You are correct that Venom is intended more for large agricultural areas greater in size than an acre.  It is very difficult to measure a per gallon rate, because the label says to use 1 to 5 ounces (depending on what pest) over an acre.  Products like Venom do not give an amount of water to mix it with because it doesn't matter if you mix the product with 1 gallon of water or 50 gallons of water, as long as that amount of product is spread over that amount of square footage.  So if you only had a 1000 square feet to treat and you wanted to apply at the 3 ounce per acre rate, which is using 3 ounces over 43,560 square feet, this works out to be about .0698 of an ounce, or about 2 grams per 1000 square feet.  It does not matter if you put the 2 grams in a gallon of water or 10 gallons of water, as long as it is spread over 1000 square feet equally.  2 grams is a little less than half of a teaspoon. 

Answer last updated on: 08/12/2011

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