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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  • 66 of 73 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 18 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  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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  • 5 of 5 stars  bees in cement block
    By Carol in verona on 09/28/2016

    had problem with bees used tempo and never saw another bee i had a hole in a cement block and it worked i had to use the sprayer with it

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Good all around kill.
    By Darren in Knoxville, PA on 09/22/2016

    Easy to use and an all around good kill. Order shipped very fast and arrived very well packaged.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Works great on Yellow Jackets!
    By Michael in Lower Bucks, PA on 09/22/2016

    I had yellow jackets flying in and out of a light fixture next to my garage door. Tried shooting this stuff in behind the light fixture didn't seem to affect them so after a few days, I went inside my garage and drilled 2 small holes in the (unfinished) wall where I could hear the nest. After two nights of a few puffs of this stuff in each hole, no more yellow jackets! I also purchased the "Long Shot Puffer Duster" but probably could have just used this Temp Dust container to puff the dust in.

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  • 4 of 5 stars  Getting rid of yellow jacket nest
    By Moira in Westerville on 09/20/2016

    I purchased this based on reviews and I had a nest deep in the eaves of my house. I had to use this product 3 separate times and the last was most effective. I would recommend this product to anyone who is dealing with these dangerous pests

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Tempo 1% Dust
    By John in Old Tappan, NJ on 09/18/2016

    Dusted an active yellow-jacket area in a our siding a few weeks ago. Haven't seen any bees since. It works.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Tempo dust
    By Dan in Tenafly on 09/17/2016

    This product worked great on yellow jackets behind my siding. Better than any spray product.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  hate them little suckers
    By Michael in blanchard, idaho on 09/13/2016

    worked great didn't take much to get rid of yellow jackets. would by again if i need to.

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  • 3 of 5 stars  Not So Sure
    By Hw in Milwaukee WI on 09/13/2016

    I've purchased other chemicals here, but this one to kill a yellow jacket infestation under our aluminum siding of our garage, it didn't seem to work like I had thought. Although, I had thought I got to their nest or harboring area maybe the dusting didn't hit where it needed to. Jury is out on this one for me.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Tempo 1% dust
    By Paul in Newark, Ohio on 09/13/2016

    Worked great on the yellow jackets.

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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.

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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.

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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

10/08/2016 E from Everett, Washington

QWill Tempo 1% Dust work on springtails?


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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03/29/2016 Harlan from Phoenix, Az

QWhich has better residual activity, Tempo dust or Delta dust?
Aside from the moisture resistance of Delta dust, which has longer residual life, Delta dust of Tempo dust? This will be going inside a new wall being built and may never get treated again, but at least will take care of whatever crawls in there now.


Tempo Dust can remain effective up to 1 year if left undisturbed. †Delta Dust can remain effective up to 8 months. †If you want to apply a dust with the longest residual effectiveness Cimexa Dust can last up to 10 years if undisturbed.

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09/16/2015 Vickie from Chelan

QDoes Tempo 1% Dust hurt cats/ deer?


Tempo 1% Dust could harm animals that come in contact with it. Be sure to apply to areas animals will not frequent.

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08/10/2015 Bill from Greenwich, Ct

QHow long until yellow jackets stop emerging into house after treatment with Tempo 1% Dust?
I have a yellow jacket nest in a house wall. They were getting access to the house at an opening between the roof and the siding. Three weeks ago I treated the opening twice with Tempo dust over two days and since then there has been no activity there. However, dead and alive yellow jackets continue to appear inside the house, at a rate of 1-2 per day, the same rate prior to treatment. Must I drill holes in the wall to find and treat the actual nest, or will they die out in time? And how long? I have not been able to find any other activity by worker wasps into and out of the structure.


Tempo Dust will usually eradicate a nest within 24 - 48 hours depending on the size and depending on whether all entry and exit points were treated.  As long as they are contacting the area where the dust was applied, then it should kill them all.  It might be best to also drill holes in the area you suspect the nest to be to kill the larvae which may now be old enough to emerge. 

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08/09/2015 Rudy from Freedom, Wi

QDoes Tempo 1% Dust kill wasp eggs and larvae?
I need to exterminate a wasp's nest and want to make sure to kill all the eggs and larvae too.


Yes, Tempo 1% Dust is a great choice to apply to the wasp nest if you have access to the opening. You should treat late in the evening or early in the morning when the insects are the least active. The wasps that come in contact with it will transfer from bee to bee, killing adults and larvae.

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08/07/2015 Terry from Stanley, Va

QIs Tempo 1% Dust the best insecticide to use for bald face hornets, European hornets, and yellow jackets?
I just purchased the professional bee suit. I need to remove some hornet nests from under the roofline of a house and on the power pole, both are too high to be able to spray them so I am removing them. Normally I wouldn't bother them but the elderly widow that lives there is allergic to them so I will need to get rid of them for her protection.


To get into those higher areas, you could use the Dustick Duster applicator.  Tempo 1% dust is the most effective dust to treat for hornets and yellow jackets. Be sure to treat in the times of the day when they are less active (earlier morning or later evening). You may also want to use a ready-to-use knockdown insecticide such as PT Wasp Freeze II. This spray will spray up to 15 away for safe and quick knockdown of flying, stinging insects.

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08/02/2015 Jose from Leesburg, Fl

QIs it legal to use Tempo 1% dust in the state of Florida?


The Tempo 1% Dust is registered to use in FL.

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05/28/2015 Hani from New Jersey

QI had cicada killers in my yard two years in a row. What is best to get rid of them?
Would Delta dust or Drione dust work. Other products?

ATempo dust would be a good choice to help control the cicada killers. Tempo dust offers a pretty fast knockdown though you should note that it does not offer an instant knockdown. You could also use EcoExempt Jet Wasp and Hornet spray. It will kill on contact. Stand a safe distance from the nest. Hold canister in an upright position and aim actuator opening toward nest. Treat nest until wet. Contact as many wasps/hornets as possible. Best time to treat is in the evening or early morning when they tend to be in or around the nest. Repeat as necessary.

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04/01/2015 Steven from Ft Myers Fl

QI am mixing Tempo 1% dust with water to spray in a hose end sprayer. How much do I need to use?

ATempo 1% Dust should NOT be mixed with water and applied through any spraying equipment. You should only dust cracks and crevices using a dust applicator such as the B&G Bulb Duster 1150. We do carry liquid concentrates that can be applied using a hose end sprayer.

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03/13/2015 Shoua from Henderson, Nv. 89015

QTempo dust or Tempo spray?
I want to know which is the best to kill bed bugs and can we put tempo dust on the bed to kill them and would it be safe with our kids sleeping on the bed. How should I go about this, I have little ones and I want to make sure they don't get sick. Is this tempo dust better than the new product cimexa insecticide dust. The bed bugs are mostly on the kids bed, sheets and corner walls. What can I do to make it safe. Thank You

AWe actually would recommend different products all together for bed bugs. Our Bed Bug kits are the most effective. Please also read our How to Get Rid of Bed bug article. It is safe for your children to enter the treated areas after the treated areas have dried. 

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