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Judy writes,

Is Talstar P good for earwigs and roaches?

We bought a house that was empty for awhile and I find roaches and earwigs all the time. We live in GA and I have tried everything to get rid of them. I need something that will work in the house and won't harm children or pets. I also need something that will work outside. I need something that will work on all kinds of pests because we live in the country and like I said I can't get rid of them. We also have a bad problem with carpenter bees. Thank you


Talstar P is a broad spectrum insecticide that works well on most types of insects that invade structures including roaches and earwigs. Roach infestations will usually require you to use additional products to get the infestation under control. You will need to use a roach bait gel such as MaxForce FC Roach Bait Gel. According to the product label, you should place small dots of bait every 10-12 inches directly in cracks and crevices on and under counter tops, in cabinets, cupboards, drawers and food pantries, around dishwashers, refrigerators, sinks, pipes and baseboards.  This will help get rid of the roaches that inhabit places where you cannot apply sprays. We also recommend that you use an insect growth regulator indoors such as Gentrol IGR. You can mix Gentrol in the same gallon of water that you mix the Talstar P in for indoor use. Gentrol will help stop the juvenile roaches from coming into sexual maturity which will help break the breeding cycle while you are trying to rid your home of this pest. Outdoors Talstar P by itself should be sufficient for all of the pests that you mentioned.

Answer last updated on: 06/06/2011

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