Tempo 1% Dust

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Tempo 1% Dust

Tempo Dust formulation contains one of the most effective compounds available for quick knockdown and long-term residual control of bees, wasps, hornets, ants and cockroaches, among numerous other pests. Tempo Dust is the dust we recommend for any type of bee, wasp or hornet control that requires the use of an insecticide dust.



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Tempo Dust formulation contains one of the most effective compounds available for quick knockdown and long-term residual control of bees, wasps, hornets, ants and cockroaches, among numerous other pests. Tempo Dust is the dust we recommend for any type of bee, wasp or hornet control that requires the use of an insecticide dust.

Tempo 1% Dust is a ready-to-use pyrethroid dust that can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications. It can be applied using a hand duster or power duster directly into voids and cracks and crevices, in and around structures. Tempo 1% Dust has excellent penetration into wall voids, ensuring equal coverage, and is odorless and non-staining.

Tempo 1% Dust makes pest harborages uninhabitable, and is an ideal solution for penetrating cracks, crevices, and other hard to reach areas. Tempo 1% Dust is an "all around" dust that provides a long residual against a variety of perimeter pests, especially stinging insects like bees and wasps. Use a hand duster to make application easy in those hard to reach areas like cracks, crevices, base boards or wall voids.

Tempo 1% Benefits:

  • Can be used both indoors and outdoors
  • Effectively controls stinging insects, particularly bees and wasps when used as directed
  • Provides a long residual and can remain active up to a year if left undisturbed

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  • 69 of 76 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Tempo Dust Works Great
    By Matt in McSherrystown, PA on 09/18/2009
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    I also had yellow jackets up in my soffits. The local Pro service wanted $140 to get rid of them. I found this awesome website and ordered the Tempo 1% dust and the $14.95 bellow hand duster. I dressed up like a space alien for protection and gave them a few good shots of dust late last evening. I was a little worried at first because it did not kill them instantly on contact like a jet spray. They were swarming around the opening (and me) pretty well even after I dusted them. But today after work I looked and they are all gone! Plenty of dead ones on the ground and none flying around anywhere. I saved around $100, I now own the hand duster, and I have plenty of the Tempo dust left over. Glad I found this place!

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  • 55 of 57 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  The ONLY thing that worked.
    By Jeremy in Washington State on 09/23/2010
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    I saw this product online with these great reviews. I had to try it as it was my last hope. I had a huge yellow jacket problem. At first I tried to let them coexist. I then tried to control them by eliminating the nests as I spotted them with OTC sprays. I hung a OTC trap in an effort to control them. This year, they got especially aggressive and stung myself and my father in law. Their stings were very very painful. I now know why they are called the devil's insect. The final straw was them building a nest under my shed. This was a nest I could not physically get too. I knew it was getting bigger and bigger as more and more activity continued around an opening. In a matter of weeks I would see constant swarming yellow jackets going under the shed floor through a crack. I tried dousing with spray and spraying into the crack. This just made a few die and get the rest extremely angry. I tried sealing it with bricks and preventing entry. They still found a way through the tiniest of cracks and actually moved gravel. They were VERY motivated. I ordered the dust and crossed my fingers. After the first dusting I wasn't sure if it did anything. I waited 2 days and still saw activity. On the 3rd day, I waited until nightfall and planned my second dusting. I pulled back a brick to examine the hole and sure enough there were probably about 50+ dead yellow jackets all on the ground. They were still getting in but dying on the way in/out. I applied more dust. This time getting all of the perimeter of the shed. Next day, no yellow jacket activity. They got the hint. I even spotted a dead yellow jacket about 25-30 feet away from the opening! The devil's insect terrorized me for a good 3 months and kept me from even going into my shed. Thank you so much it is such a relief to finally be able to enjoy my own yard. Use Tips for Yellow Jackets: Apply at nightfall. I can't stress this enough. You are less likely to be stung at this time. Activity is way less. Still be VERY careful. Even at night, one of the worker friends didn't appreciate the forceful dusting and popped his lovely head out to say hello and chase me. Buy a duster. Only way to make it work. I used the cheapest bulb duster I could find here. It dispersed it pretty dang far. A little goes a long way and I probably went overkill a bit with 2 dustings. I wanted to be sure though as I can't see the nest and wanted to cover the perimeter for permanent treatment. Even then I didn't even use much compared to what they send you. Don't count on it killing on contact like the spray. Remember this is a permanent fix. Not just a "spray them they are dead." The sprays are good for visible nests. Spray and knockdown. If you are dusting and they come out to say hello, you should make a hasty exit and try back another time. Service here was great. If I ever need anymore, I will always by from domyownpestcontrol.com!

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  • 35 of 37 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  UNBELIEVABLE!
    By Dennis in Saginaw, MI on 09/19/2010
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    I had (key word is HAD) a yellowjacket problem under the aluminum siding of my house. I could see where they were entering, but couldn't get to the nest, so I drilled a hole through the siding into the space just under the window and tried using a straw to inject liquid and foam insecticides. It proved ineffective, so I mixed up a batch of seven (the hardware store assured me it would kill the bees), stuck my sprayer wand into the hole and drenched it with about a half gallon of the mix. I'm sure I must have killed a few of them (perhaps they drowned), but I was unimpressed and still had a bee problem. Then I found this website and what they said made sense to me. I bought Tempo 1% dust and a duster and went after the wasps. I dusted the openings and dusted in the hole I had drilled in the siding. It took a day or two for the yellowjackets to track the dust back into their nest, but it did an excellent job of eradication! There was a marked reduction in wasp activity within 24 hours and a complete kill in 48. Best product I have ever used. Make sure to use a breathing mask and gloves as the dust is so fine you will undoubtably breath in some of it and it's a bit rough on the lungs. I had a 10 minute coughing fit after using it, but I'll be smarter next time. After all it really is harder on the bees than on me! LOL! I only used a few ounces of the dust so there is alot left over for future needs. Thanks guys, I appreciate you site and products.

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  • 24 of 27 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Tempo 1% Dust Did It!
    By Jon in Elgin, IL on 08/21/2009
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    I just wanted to let you all know how well the Tempo Dust got rid of the hornet and yellow jacket problem in my soffits. I had tried so many things to get rid of them – OTC jet sprays, Delta Dust, foggers, and even paint thinner! The problem was I did not know exactly where the nest was in my soffit. I just puffed Tempo Dust around all the crevices to my soffits where they were getting in last night and now there is no insect activity this morning! Thanks again for your products and prompt delivery.

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  • 16 of 20 people found this review helpful:

    3 of 5 stars  Excellent for most pests, so so for bed bugs
    By Jim in MN on 03/21/2011
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    I've been using Tempo Dust for a couple months or so after reading a study on how this knocked down bed bugs within 24 hours of contact. This was applied to the perimeter of the rooms, base of furniture, legs and frame of beds. There has been some improvement but the bites continue. On the other hand, there was a problem with ants and Tempo has quickly killed off these and all insect pests. For bed bugs I can only give it a 3 but all others a 5.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Fantastic
    By Ken in Lithopolis, Ohio on 03/30/2017

    Just dusted the many holes in the boards around my screened in porch today at my cabin in SC. It was a pleasure just sitting there inside the screen and watching those carpenter bee crawl into the holes and come out almost singing My God to Thee before they died. Within the first hour, killed 7 carpenter bees.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  It works!
    By Cathy in Welsh on 03/22/2017

    This stuff WORKS!!! We have tried almost everything and this is the ONLY product that actually killed the wasps. YAY!!!!

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Tempo
    By Pierre in Port Rowan on 12/07/2016

    Quick delivery, great service.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Excellent for mud wasps around roof, chimney and antennas.
    By Martin in Fredericksburg, VA on 11/09/2016

    Wasps prey on the spiders in the roof area, and this Tempo 1% dust was excellent in getting rid of both insects, so I could paint the metal roof. The dust seemed to repel the wasps and the spiders which disappeared a few days after Tempo dusting the TV antenna's base and the top opening of the chimney.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Was shocked at how well this worked.
    By Candis in San Tan valley on 11/09/2016

    Our neighbor disturbed a hive on their property and the bees set up shop on my house. After a month of trying to get someone out to see if they could remove the bees I found this site and Tempo 1 dust. I did my best to do this late at night but being so high up I did not have very good light to really hit it right but sure enough the next morning there were many dead bees on the ground. I hit the area again when it was still light out and the next day there were tons of dead bees and later that night my driveway lights were covered in bees. For some reason they all headed for the lights and they were all dead the next morning. Product definitely worked. Make sure you wear a mask because this stuff is very fine and you really don't want to inhale this. I also recommend wearing safety glasses. So much cheaper to do it yourself vs hundreds of dollars to have someone do it.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Tempo 1% Dust
    By Troy in Pembroke Pines FL on 11/01/2016

    This dust works miracles. I had a yellow jacket problem in the patio floor. I vacuumed about 150 yellow jackets but they were still flying around. I ordered the dust and followed direction. The next morning it had 98% jackets dead on the floor. Within 2 days the remaining jackets was dead. I recommend this product

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Worked like a champ!
    By Bill in Arlington, TX on 10/31/2016

    Worked like a champ!Worked like a champ!Worked like a champ!Worked like a champ!Worked like a champ!Worked like a champ!

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Great stuff for yellow jackets
    By Psmart in Louisiana on 10/18/2016

    We had LARGE nest in our attic. This got rid of them. Have to check in a couple of days for newly hatched, etc but it'll get rid of them. Also have used on some ground nests. Just get entrance hole or area well dusted and they'll be gone.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Tempo 1% Dust
    By Jerry in Mansfield, Ohio on 10/13/2016

    Great product and SUPER FAST SHIPPING.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Awesome
    By Cynthia in Flat rock on 10/05/2016

    After hiring bug guy for past two years. We bought what he was using. After using bulb to blow powder into crevices of siding. No more Wasps. They were gone by the next morning. Saved$$$$$$$$$

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04/11/2010 Amy

QIs this the best insecticide dust to use on our bee wasp hornet or yellow jacket problem?
We have a bee/wasp/hornet/yellow jacket problem. In other words, we are not sure about the critters, We believe they are wasps. Some of the hives appear to be in the ground, and others in the usual areas. Will this product work on all of the above, in case we are wrong about our assumption? Also, will it work for the hives that are underground?

AYes, this is our most popular dust for bees in general.  Wether they are in the ground or in your home going under a roof shingle, or a paper nest out in the open, one to two quick puffs from this dust will knock them out.  You should get a hand duster to apply the product.  Also, it is best to apply the dust late at night or very early morning when the bees are less active.  Night usually works best. 

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02/08/2011 Sue

QHow long does Tempo 1% dust stay active inside a closed wall?

ATempo 1% dust can remain active up to a year if left undisturbed in a wall void.

26 of 27 people found this answer helpful.
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10/04/2009 Douglas

QHow do I use Tempo Dust to get rid of a bee or wasp nest?
Is the Tempo 1% Dust effective if the nest cannot be found and it is assumed the bees are either in the wall or ceiling? If dusted in the openings, will the bees take the dust into the nest to kill all off?

AYes, the Tempo 1% Dust is our best selling product to eradicate bees.  If you know where the opening is where the bees are going in and out, and you dust that opening, the bees will get the dust on the hair on their legs and carry it back to the nesting area.  Usually this will eradicate a bee colony within 24 - 48 hours depending on the size.  It is best to treat the opening late at night or very early morning when they are all inside and less active.

20 of 21 people found this answer helpful.
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07/31/2013 Steven from Holt, Mi

QHow can I kill wasps that are nesting behind soffits or shutters?
I've seen several wasps going behind the ribbed gaps between the aluminum soffit and the facia. I've also seen several going behind decorative window shutters. It appears that we have a fair amount of wasp actvity in our area. I'd also like to know how to prevent them from nesting in the furnace inlet/exhaust pvc pipes or the chimney flue. Thanks for your help!

AWe recommned that you use a hand duster and apply a dust such as Tempo dust to the holes where the wasps are going in and out. The dust will help eliminate the wasps in the nest and any other wasps returning to the nest. Tempo dust will stay effective for several months as long as it is dry. We are not aware of a product that would eliminate the wasp pheromone to help stop wasps from returning to a particular area.  After dusting in the void where the wasps have a built a nest you can try spraying the siding with a product such as Talstar P. You can spray once a month and any wasp that lands on treated areas will be eliminated within about 24 hours which should stop new wasps from being able to build a nest.

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05/10/2011 Bonnie

QI know you do not recommend killing honey bees but they are under our trim and coming in the house.
What do you recommend? Thank you for your time.

AThe first thing you can do is contact your local cooperative extension office and ask for the phone number for your local honey bee farmer. Many bee farmers will come remove honey bees free of charge because of the recent decline in the honey bee population. If this is not an option for you, you can use a hand duster to apply a dust product such as Tempo Dust into and around the area where the bees seem to be gaining access to your home. Over a period of a couple of days to a week (timeline will depend on how many bees are contacting the treated area) this will kill off the colony that has taken up residence in your home. Any insecticide applications should be done very early in the morning or very late in the evening when the bees are less active. After the bees have been eliminated it is important to remove the bee hive from the void where the bees were nesting. Failure to remove the hive can lead to mold issues and secondary infestation from hive beetles and other insects. If the bee hive is in an area that is not easily accessible you may want to consider hiring a professional pest control operator.

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Most Recent Customer Questions

10/20/2016 Paul from Tigard, Oregon

QWill Tempo 1% Dust work if it is raining or if the ground entrance is wet?

A

No Tempo 1% Dust would not work if it got wet.†You would need to re-apply if it came in contact with any water source.†

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10/08/2016 E from Everett, Washington

QWill Tempo 1% Dust work on springtails?

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No, Tempo 1% Dust is not labeled for springtails. Please refer to our How To Get Rid of Springtails guide for further information and product recommendations. †

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08/13/2016 Sue from Damascus, Md

QHow do you know when it's safe to plug a wall void after using Tempo 1% dust for yellow jackets?
I applied Tempo dust with a bulb duster to the exterior of my home where they were entering though a void in the siding. The next day I found 2 yellow jackets in my home that presumably entered through former curtain rod holes. 1 dead, the other dying. So, I applied Tempo dust inside my home to the only holes I could find which were old curtain rod anchor holes. I never heard any activity in the wall. If I don't see any more entering the exterior of my home, can I safely plug both sets of holes? I fear them just continuing to live in the walls. How do I know the gueen is dead? I have not found any dead yellow jackets on the exterior of my home. Where are they? Do I need to find and remove the nest?

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When treating for yellow jackets and using Tempo 1% Dust, †the yellow jacket colony will remain active for only one summer, after which the queens will move away to start up new colonies. The remaining yellow jackets will die at the end of the season, and the nest will not get reused. So during the meantime while they are active the Tempo 1% Dust that you have applied should kill the ones that are in the void that you have placed it in. That does not necessarily mean that there is a nest in that particular void. The nest could be elsewhere, and they could be foraging for food or these could just be the remaining yellow jackets that are left behind after the queens have left already.†

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08/13/2016 Sue from Damascus, Md

QShould I use the bulb or hand duster for a void for Yellow Jackets?
I have a yellow jacket nest in my walls coming through a void by my gas pipe. I purchased the yellow jacket kit that suggested the use of the bulb, but upon reading reviews, I'm wondering if I should have purchased the hand duster instead. What's the pro and cons of each?

A

Basically, the biggest con to the Bulb duster is that you would be closer to the nest and stinging insects, than if you used a hand duster like the Long Shot Puffer duster. The dust works great when applied by either. Be sure to apply in the cooler times of the day when the Yellow Jackets are less active. †

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08/08/2016 Bruce from Erie, Pa

QIs Tempo Dust safe for plants like evergreen shrubs if you have to eliminate a colony of wasps in a shrub?

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Tempo 1% Dust† will work great for wasp and will not harm Evergreen Shrubs.

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08/05/2016 Chuck from New Waterford, Oh

QWhat is the best way to get rid of wasps under siding?
Wasps are nesting under the vinyl siding of my home, where the foundation meets. I've tried sprays but find I must invert the can to reach the nest. When I invert the can and spray, all I get is the aerosol, no poison. I've tried pumping diatomaceous earth into the area, but I'm not getting to the nest and the powder is obviously missing at least some of the wasps. I need an effective poison with a delivery system I can use close up and spraying upward under the siding at about 3-4 inches off the ground.

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Our most popular dust† for bees/wasp is Tempo Dust.† You will need a hand duster to apply it with.† It usually works within 24 to 48 hours, and will provide a better transfer effect that diatomaceous earth.†You want to go up to the opening where they are flying in and out of at dusk or at night when they are not active and puff twice directly into the hole.† Then pull the duster out and puff directly at the hole to cover the opening from about 5 inches away.† This is the most efficient and fastest way to eliminate a bee/yellow jacket/wasp nest.†

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07/28/2016 Cherie from Bellevue

QHow do I exterminate a hornets nest from a rock retaining wall?

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If you are seeing hornets coming in and out through cracks in the retaining wall, then a great product to use would be Tempo 1% Dust. You should apply the Tempo 1% Dust with a duster such as the B&G Bulb Duster 1150 and direct the dust into the cracks in the wall where you are seeing the insects enter and exit. You may also want to have Wasp Freeze on hand for quick knockdown of flying insects in the area.

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07/23/2016 Pats from Nj

QCan I use Tempo 1% Dust on a crack where yellow jackets are entering? Can I just dust there or do I need the puffer?
Yellow jackets in concrete steps and cannot see nest. Spray useless as they are probably far from crack

A

Yes, we would highly recommend to apply†Tempo 1% Dust†to that area where you think the nest is. The adults will carry the dust into the larvae.†We also recommend to use a duster like the Long Shot Puffer Duster.†

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07/22/2016 Don from Eugene, Or

QWhat do you suggest for ground nesting bees?

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If you know where the nest is you can use a dust such as†Tempo dust†puffed into the nest or holes using a†hand duster†and around the opening of the nest. This type of application usually will kill the nest of wasps over the course of a few days.†

Ground bees, also known as digger bees, can be very difficult to control no matter what product you use and they most likely will come back to your property year after year unless you do your part to alter your property to make it unfavorable to the bees. Ground bees prefer dry soils with thin grasses so irrigating the area frequently and correcting any issue that causes your grass to be thin will help deter the bees from nesting. In areas where you do not have grass, a layer of mulch will help deter the bees from nesting. Ground bees are solitary bees and are not very aggressive and are known to be a beneficial insect which is why you will not find any products specifically labeled for this type of bee.†Talstar P†can help provide some level of control but it will not get rid of all of the ground bees on your property. You should use Talstar P at a 1 oz of product to 1 gallon of water for a 1,000 sq ft area ratio. This will give you the fastest knockdown and the longest lasting residual. Talstar P does not offer an instant knockdown but will kill insects that come into contact with treated areas over a short period of time.

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07/20/2016 Noreen from Genoa, Il

QHow do we get rid of them a bumblebee nest under our concrete stoop?
I'm allergic to all stinging flyers. We have a bumblebee problem under the concrete stoop to our back yard. They are active all day. Stinging my husband, my dogs and my new puppy. I'm allergic to stings! ER allergic. We've tried sprays, foam every wasp and hornet spray. What can we use??? Need ASAP!!!!!

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Tempo 1% Dust is our best selling product to eradicate bees.† If you know where the opening is where the bees are going in and out, and you dust that opening, the bees will get the dust on the hair on their legs and carry it back to the nesting area.† Usually this will eradicate a bee colony within 24 - 48 hours depending on the size.† It is best to treat the opening late at night or very early morning when they are all inside and less active.† For your safety, if you are allergic, have someone else make the application for you.†

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