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Lawn Pests Controlled by Talstar One

This section will cover the lawn pests that Talstar One will control or eliminate as well as notes or special instructions for noted pests found on lawns, turf grasses.
Talstar One is the new label name for Talstar concentrate.  In the past there were several different labels for general categories of pest control in lawns, shrubs, ornamentals, indoor pest control in homes and other areas of pest management concerns.  Talstar One has the label you need for controlling the many different pests that Fipronil is known to effectively eliminate or control.  Pages containing information on pests controlled in lawns, on shrubs, inside residential buildings and perimeter of buildings can be found by clicking on areas of interest.

Lawn pests are listed with three different application rates allowed by the pesticide label: Low Rate (0.18 to 0.25 fluid ounces per 1,000 square feet), Medium Rate (0.25 to 0.50 fluid ounces per 1,000 square feet) and High Rate (0.50 to 1.00 fluid ounces per thousand square feet.)  Special comments provided for Armyworms, Cutworms, Sod Webworms, adult Annual Bluegrass Weevil, Banks Grass Mite, adult Billbugs, adult Black Turfgrass Ataenius, Chinch Bugs, Mites, Flea larvae, Imported Fire Ants, adult mole cricket, mole cricket nymphs and ticks.

Low Rate -  Armyworms (1), Cutworms (1), Sod Webworm (1).

Medium Rate - Annual Bluegrass Weevil (adult)(2), Banks Grass Mite (6), 
Billbugs (Adult) (3), Black Turfgrass Ataenius (Adult)(4), Centipedes, 
Chinch Bugs (5), Crickets, Earwigs, Fleas (Adult), Grasshoppers, Leafhoppers, Mealybugs, Millipedes, Mites (6), Pillbugs, Sowbugs.

High Rate -  Ants, Fleas (Larvae) (7), Imported Fire Ants (8), 
Japanese Beetle (Adult), Mole Cricket (Adult) (9), Mole Cricket (Nymph) (10),
Ticks (11).

Special Notes on Specific Lawn Pests

  1. Armyworms, Cutworms and Sod Webworms:  To ensure optimum control, delay watering (irrigation) or mowing for 24 hours after application.  If the grass area is being maintained at a mowing height of greater than 1 inch, then higher application rates (up to 1 fluid ounce per 1,000 square feet) may be required during periods of high pest pressure.
    Armyworms  Cutworms    Sod Webworms 
  2. Annual Bluegrass Weevil (Hyperodes) adults: Applications should be timed to control adult weevils as they leave their overwintering sites and move into grass areas.  This movement generally begins when Forsythia is in full bloom and concludes when flowering  dogwood (Comus florida) is in full bloom.  Consult your State Cooperative Extension Service for more specific information regarding application timing.
  3. Billbug adults:  Applications should be made when adult billbugs are first observed during April and May.  Degree day models have been developed to optimize application timing.  Consult your State Cooperative Extension Service for information specific to your region.  In temperate regions, spring applications targeting billbug adults will also provide control of over-wintered chinch bugs.  Billbugs 
  4. Black Turfgrass Ataenius adults:  Application should be made during May and July to control the first and second generation of black turfgrass Ataenius adults, respectively.  The May application should be timed to coincide with the full bloom stage of Vanhoutte spiraea (Spiraea vanhouttei) and horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum).  The July application should be timed to coincide with the blooming of Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus).
  5. Chinch Bugs:  Lawn Chinch Bugs infest the base of grass plants and are often found in the thatch layer.  Irrigation of the grass area before treatment will optimize the penetration of the insecticide to the area where the chinch bugs are located.  Use higher volume applications if the thatch layer is excessive or if a relatively long mowing height is being maintained.  Chinch Bugs can be one of the most difficult pests to control in grasses and the higher application rates (up to 1 fluid ounce per 1,000 square feet) may be required to control populations that contain both nymphs and adults during the middle of the summer.
  6. Mites:  To ensure optimal control of eriophyid mites, apply in combination with the labeled application rate of a surfactant.  A second application, five to seven days after the first, may be necessary to achieve acceptable control.
  7. Flea larvae:  Flea larvae develop in the soil of shaded areas that are accessible to pets or other animals.  Use a higher volume application when treating these areas to ensure penetration of the insecticide into the soil.  Note: if the lawn area is being treated with Talstar One at 0.25 fluid ounce per 1,000 square feet for adult flea control, the larval application rate may be achieved by increasing the application volume two to four fold.  Fleas 
  8. Imported Fire Ants:  Control will be optimized by combining broadcast applications that will control foraging workers and newly mated fly-in queens with mound drenches that will eliminate existing colonies.  If the soil is not moist, then it is important to irrigate before application or use a high volume application.  Broadcast treatments should apply 1 fluid ounce per 1,000 square feet.  Mounds should be treated by diluting 1 teaspoon of Talstar One per gallon of water and applying 1 to 2 gallons of finished spray per mound.  The mounds should be treated with sufficient force to break their apex and allow the insecticide solution to flow into the ant tunnels.  A four foot diameter circle around the mound should also be treated.  For best results, apply in cool weather (65 -80 degrees, F) or in early morning or late evening hours.  Note: a spray rig that is calibrated to apply 1 fluid ounce per 1,000 square feet of TalstarOne in 5 gallons per 1,000 square feet contains the approximate dilution (1 teaspoon per gallon) that is required for fire and mound drenches in the spray tank.  Fire Ants 
  9. Mole Crickets adults:  Achieving acceptable control of adult mole crickets is difficult because preferred grass areas are subject to continuous invasion during the early spring by this extremely active stage.  Applications should be made as late in the day as possible and should be watered in with up to 0.5 inches of water immediately after treatment.  If the soil is not moist, it is important to irrigate before application to bring the mole crickets closer to the soil surface where contact with the insecticide will be maximized.  Grass areas that receive pressure from adult mole crickets should be treated at peak egg hatch to ensure optimum control of subsequent nymph populations (see below.)
  10.  Mole Cricket nymphs:  Grass areas that received intense adult mole cricket pressure in the spring should be treaded immediately prior to peak egg hatch.  Optimal control is achieved at this time because young nymphs are more susceptible to insecticides and they are located near the soil surface where the insecticide is more concentrated.  Control of larger, more damaging nymphs later in the year may require both higher application rates and more frequent applications to maintain acceptable control.  Applications should be made as late in the day as possible and should be watered in with up to 0.5 inches of water immediately after treatment.  If the soil is not moist, then it is important to irrigate before application to bring the mole crickets closer to the soil surface where contact with the insecticide will be maximized.    Molecrickets  
  11. Ticks (Including ticks that may transmit Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever):  Do not make spot applications.  Treat the entire area where exposure to ticks may occur.  Use higher spray volumes when treating areas with dense ground cover or heavy leaf litter.  Ticks may be reintroduced from surrounding areas on host animals.  Retreatment may be necessary to achieve and /or maintain control during periods of high pest pressure.  Repeat application is necessary only if there are signs of renewed activity.  Repeat application should be limited to no more than once per seven days.    Soft Ticks    Hard Ticks  
    Deer ticks (Ixodes sp.) have a complicated life cycle that ranges over a two year period and involves four life stages.  Applications should be made in the late fall and/or early spring to control adult ticks that are usually located on brush or grass above the soil surface and in mid to late spring to control larvae and nymphs that reside in the soil and leaf litter.
    American dog ticks may be a considerable nuisance in suburban settings, particularly where homes are built on land that was previously field or forest.  These ticks commonly congregate along paths or roadways where humans are likely to be encountered.  Applications should be made as necessary from mid-spring to early fall to control American dog tick larvae, nymphs and adults.

See Pests of Ornamentals, Shrubs, Trees Controlled by Talstar One.

Related information pages: Pests of Lawns, Ticks, Fleas, Molecrickets, Chinch Bugs, Sod Webworms, Fireants, Pest Control Kits for Fireant Control, Billbugs, Pesticides, Talstar Concentrate, Talstar Granules, Pest Control.