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Scott from Fairfax, Va writes,

In Virginia and want to spray the entire yard this summer for mosquitos and ticks.

In Virginia, the newspapers are predicting a very bad season for ticks and mosquitos. I would like to spray the entire backyard (trees, shrubs, and lawn) with permethrin in an Ortho Sprayette, connected to a garden hose. Can you tell me if this is the best product to use and, if so, what are the mixing instructions? Thanks!


Permethrin is not labeled for outdoor mosquito control. We would recommend using Talstar P for tick and mosquito control in your yard. Talstar is our most popular selling product for mosquito control and tick control.  It is a liquid concentrate that you mix with water and apply using a one gallon hand pump sprayer.  The key is to apply it to all shrubs, trees, and other foliage around the house or patio where you are trying to provide relief from mosquitoes and to all the tall vegetation and other known tick harboring locations.  It should be directed not only on top of the leaves of plants, but on the underside of the leaves as well which is where pests like to hang out. Talstar P should be applied every 30 days for optimum control. 

Answer last updated on: 04/25/2012

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