Broadcast Indoor Pesticides
Pesticides that can be broadcast indoors have a special label that allows such jobs as spraying for fleas, ticks, carpet beetles and other indoor pests that travel through or otherwise infest furniture, wood floors, tile, carpets and other flooring.
Broadcasting of pesticides can actually include areas such as gardens, lawns, shrubs as well as indoor locations but this article will deal with indoor pest control applications.
Many pesticides, insecticides have a label that allows use indoors. Pesticides can also have a broadcast label for different pests and locations. Just because a product is labeled for indoor use does not necessarily mean that it can be broadcast. An outdoor broadcast label does not always allow for broadcasting indoors.
Indoor Broadcast Labeling is Special
An example of an indoor product that cannot be broadcast is Demon WP. This particular product is safe to use indoors but the label does not allow for indoor broadcast application. The Demon WP label instructions do allow for spot treatment, cracks and crevices as well as spraying baseboards. These label restrictions also apply to other indoor products that contain Cypermethrin, the active ingredient in Demon WP and Demon EC.
A good example of an insecticide that can be broadcast outdoors but can only be used for spot treatment indoors is Talstar. This is another professional product that is safe for indoor use as a spot treatment and cracks & crevices, has an outdoor broadcast label (great for ants and ticks) but is not to be broadcast over floors and furniture in the home.
So, just what does "broadcast indoors"
mean on an insecticide label? The term allows you to spray the product
over large areas in your home without causing harm to most fabrics and flooring
and is safe for use in homes where people (including small children) and pets
such as cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, ferrets will come into contact with areas
that have been treated. Spot treatments allow for the technician or person
applying the product to treat small areas where targeted pests are likely to
come into contact with the residue but where people and pets are least likely to
touch during normal daily routines or activities. Each "spot"
should only be about a foot square and only a few such spots should be treated
in any given area.
The reasons that an insecticide does not have the all important indoor broadcast label can vary. Some insecticides might be perfectly safe when used correctly indoors but if broadcast over large areas the residue could possibly cause slight skin irritation. Acceptable levels of airborne particles is also an issue that is addressed when a pesticide is approved or not approved for spraying over large indoor surfaces.
An indoor broadcast label will usually list indoor flea application to carpets and furniture. This will let you know that the product is water safe, meaning that if plain tap water will not harm a fabric or material then the insecticide solution will also not harm that same fabric or material.
There are two characteristics that are highly regarded when it comes to
choosing an insecticide to purchase and use: indoor broadcast, for fleas and
food handling areas in restaurants. When an insecticide has both indoor
fleas and restaurants on its label, you know that
the product had to meet very strict requirements and pass a multitude of tests
to get approval for the special sites and particular pests listed.
Indoor Flea Application
If your home has become infested with fleas or if you need to implement a flea prevention program (using an IGR three to four times each year) you do not want to merely spot treat certain areas. You need to completely cover all flooring, especially areas beneath furniture, beds, etc. An indoor flea product such as Suspend SC is suggested for this type of job. Suspend SC (active ingredient: Deltamethrin) is preferred not only because it has the indoor flea label/ broadcast label required for the job but the material is also odorless. Dragnet (Permethrin) is another product that is very low in odor, can be broadcast indoors in homes and is also suggested for spraying lawns, outdoor areas for fleas, ticks, ants, pests of lawns and ornamentals.