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Mike writes,

I have read that Talstar is safe for pets, but what if my pets eat the grass?

I recently purchased Talstar to treat ants on our property after reading all the reviews. I know pets can enter the treated area after the product has dried, but my issue is that two of my dogs have been eating grass in the yard, and there are a fair amount of ant colonies that I need to treat in the yard itself. My concern is they may eat grass that may have been treated along the property line or around a concrete pad I plan to treat. What precautions do I need to take here? Is there another product you would recommend instead?


I would imagine that your dogs may eat some grass but probably not a lot of it at once.  Talstar, when mixed with water is only strong enough to kill small insects, like ants.  Your dogs would have to eat a truckload of grass most likely to get sick, and they would probably get much more sick from the grass then the Talstar.  However, of course we recommend anything you can do to minimize your dogs from eating the grass.  The other thing you could do is not broadcast the spray over the whole lawn, but treat the ant mounds individually so the grass in between the mounds is free from spray.  Hopefully your dogs don't eat dirt mounds also.

Answer last updated on: 05/01/2011

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