Posted by John Fasoldt on 5:31:11 12/10/2013 from 220.127.116.11:
In reply to: Re: Carpenter Ants - So Frustrated and Can't Sleep posted by Christine on 9:29:10 12/9/2013 from 18.104.22.168:
Sorry for the delay, I was busy yesterday!
Alpine is a non-repellent - although a poor sister to Termidor, at least in my own opinion. Termidor is SO good, it'll take a pretty good product to beat it. For me, maybe a magic wand....
Let me assure you, the strict instructions on outside placement of this insecticide is because the manufacturer has not registered this use for inside purposes. For this use, it is registered for OUTSIDE treatment only. This is not necessarily for your own *SAFETY* reasons. Rather, it is because that manufacturer has already registered another non-repellent, Phantom, which is used only inside. (Phantom IS registered for outside use on termites, but not for ants.)
Confusing, huh? Us too.
Naturally, at this point, you might suspect that the manufacturer won’t register Termidor for INSIDE use because they just want more money, (from you AND me) since that chemical (Fipronil) has been registered for several other kinds of inside insect control, notably, the use on pets, for flea and tick control. At least some exterminators have expressed that same concern. :)
And since the manufacturer (BASF) is drug company, as most manufacturers of insecticides are, there could be some kind of profit motive here...
What you DO have to watch out for, is using it in the spring, when there is a danger of bees contacting this chemical. For social insects, this is a killer.
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