Controlling Fire Ants: Talstar XTRA Granular Insecticide

Controlling Fire Ants: Talstar XTRA Granular Insecticide

Samuel Barrick

As Imported Fire Ants continue to move northward, finding a solution that kills fire ants is needed. If you choose a bait, you are restricted by applying it only when fire ants are actively foraging to pick up the bait. 

Bifenthrin by itself will kill some fire ants, but mainly makes the colony move away from the current mound and start a new one a few yards away. This is where Talstar XTRA comes in. 

Talstar XTRA Granular Insecticide offers great control on over 75 lawn insects including the most dreaded Imported Fire Ants. Talstar Xtra lasts for up to 4 months even controlling Fire Ants. With Verge technology, it makes apply Talstar XTRA simple and does a great job evenly covering an area. 

Talstar XTRA can kill a fire ant colony in as little as 15 minutes. 


How to Apply for Fire Ant Mounds? 

For best control of Fire Ant mounds, combine a mound application along with a broadcast application. This will kill both the foraging ants along with the fly-in queens of the colony. When applying on mounds, use ½ cup of Talstar XTRA and water in application if the soil is not moist. With the ½ cup of product treat directly on the mound and out three feet from the mound.  

Apply when weather is cooler, either in the morning or in the evening. The colony will be controlled in 15 minutes and 24 hours for the queen to die. The broadcast application will prevent fire ants for up to 4 months by killing any foraging or newly mated fly-in queens from creating a colony on the treated areas. 


What Locations Are Safe To Apply? 

Unlike other products for Fire Ant control, Talstar XTRA is safe to apply around residential, public, commercial buildings, including parks, athletic fields, and recreational areas. 

It is safe for Turfgrass sites, Landscape Ornamentals, and any other non-food plants. 


Active Ingredients 

Talstar XTRA combines the power of Bifenthrin with Zeta-Cypermethrin. Bifenthrin is an industry standard for general surface insect control. Zeta-Cypermethrin is a synthetic pyrethroid that works within minutes of contact with insects. This powerful combo gives you results in minutes not days. 

Rates and Control Application Timing 

Talstar XTRA can be applied anywhere from 50-200 lbs of product per acre. Please read the label for proper application rates as it does change depending on what insects you are controlling. 

Depending on what insect you are trying to control will change the application timing. If you are trying to control Billbugs for example, you will need to apply Talstar XTRA in the Spring when billbugs are first observed. If you are applying for Scorpions, apply when nighttime temperatures reach 75°F. 

Read the label for more information on rates and proper timing 


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