Talstar Professional Insecticide Review

talstar P insecticide


  • Manufacturer: FMC
  • Insecticide Form: Liquid concentrate
  • Bottle capacity: 1 gallon
  • Lasts: 1 to 3 months
  • Active Ingredient: Bifenthrin
  • Target Pests: Mosquitoes, spiders, stink bugs, fleas, cockroaches, ticks beetles, termites, etc.
  • Use: Outdoors and indoors
  • Pet Safe: Yes
  • Odor: No
  • Residue/Stains: No


The creator and distributor of the Talstar P Insecticide is a company called FMC Agricultural Products, FMC for short. This firm has been working to help agricultural workers increase their ability to cultivate the land for more than a century. That is why they produce everything from herbicides and fungicides to pesticides and insecticides: to help farmers be more successful at what they do.

Talstar P Professional Insecticide Review

The full name of this Talstar insecticide is Talstar P or Talstar Professional. It is called that because it is a unique all-in-one insecticide solution that can be used to combat up to 75 different pest species in many different areas including your backyard and other outdoor spaces as well as indoor spaces such as your living room or kitchen.

The active ingredient featured in this insecticide is bifenthrin, which is a synthetic pyrethroid. All pyrethroids work by harming the insects’ nervous systems, weakening them and ultimately causing death, meaning that this insecticide will kill your insects quickly and efficiently.

Moreover, since the active ingredient bifenthrin makes up 7.9% of the Talstar Professional solution, it will be strong enough to work even when diluted with water. At the same time, it is mild enough to be non-toxic to humans and pets. Just make sure that you allow 30 or so minutes to pass after application so that insecticide can dry and take effect before you allow humans or animals back into the treated areas. Unfortunately, this insecticide is toxic to organisms like fish and other aquatic creatures, so make sure that you cover all of the sites with water next to which you will be spraying this insecticide or avoid those areas that are near aquatic organism populations.

With this insecticide, you will be able to combat insects, pests, and bugs both indoors as well as outdoors. This Talstar P insecticide will be able to kill everything from mosquitoes, ants, termites, bedbugs, and flies up to wasps, bees, spiders, centipedes, crickets, and many other pests. (For a full list of Talstar P’s target pests, click here.) This insecticide can even be used by pest control professionals.

Use Talstar Professional around the perimeter of your yard to prevent mosquitoes from coming into your immediate living area. Spray the perimeter of your house or other structures to prevent crawling insects from coming inside. Spray it in your garden to prevent it from being eaten by different insects. Treat your kitchen, pantry, and/or house to get rid of different indoor insects. The effect of the insecticide will last up to three months. However, the insecticide needs to dry completely for it to last that long so avoid spraying any outdoors spaces just before rainfall. I would make sure at least 12 to 24 hours pass before the sprayed area gets wet so that the insecticide has time to take effect.

Speaking of treatment, it is recommended that you use a pump sprayer with this insecticide, because, according to the manufacturer, this will provide the best application. You can also try to use it with a fogger, especially if you are combating mosquitoes or other flying insects. Just read the label first to see if your fogger or sprayer will be compatible with this insecticide.

This insecticide concentrate, which comes in a ¾-gallon (3.7 liters) bottle. Based on which insects you are trying to kill and how bad your infestation is, you will have to dilute the Talstar Professional insecticide with different amounts of water.

  • For mild infestations, I recommend using around 0.33 ounces of the insecticide per gallon of water (9.7 ml per 3.75 liters).
  • For treating indoors spaces, you should mix 0.5 ounces of insecticide with 1 gallon of water (14.8 ml per 3.75 liters).
  • But for really bad infestations, you can try mixing 1 ounce or more of the insecticide per gallon of water (29.5 ml per 3.75 liters). No matter what concentration you use, once mixed, one gallon (3.75 liters) will be able to treat about 1,000 square feet (92.9 square meters).

Do not forget about safety while you are using this Talstar insecticide. This means that you should wear protective clothing, protective glasses, and a respirator because these measures will prevent the insecticide solution from coming into contact with your skin, eyes, or mouth and causing an allergic reaction. You can find more information on the Talstar P Label. When you are finished using the insecticide, make sure you do not put the Talstar P Insecticide bottle in direct sunlight or in extreme heat or cold as that will damage the insecticide and lower its lifespan.

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For an all-purpose insecticide that is able to target more than 75 different insect species and will last up to three months, check out the Talstar Professional Insecticide. Dilute this water-based insecticide in water and you will get a powerful, efficient, odorless insecticide solution that will leave no trace but will work for months to keep your space insect-free.


chock naquin

my neighbor has bee hives i sprayed talstar pro on the clover flowers in my yard and it all but distroyed his bee hives. man this stuff works. no more bee problem.

    Jerry Garcia

    Honey Bees are protected and should never be exterminated. They are actually harmless and unless provoked will not attack. It’s illegal to even try to kill them.


Does anyone know if hot or cold water should be used to mic Talstar, thank you


    It’s not specified on the label so it most likely doesn’t matter. Use whatever temperature water is available to you.


It was applied without water! Will it still work or need to be reapplied??


    Don’t reapply right away. Talstar P isn’t meant to be applied without diluting it with water first and applying it in its concentrated form risks damaging all the areas that the product was applied to. So I’d advise you to first water the areas that the product was applied to in order to wash away the concentrate (just make sure that Talstar P doesn’t seep into any bodies of water since it’s toxic to aquatic life), wait a week or so and only then you can reapply it.


My yard maintenance man wants to use this in my yard. It appears to work against the pests I want gone, but I do not want to use any chemical that harms pollinators and this first comment horrifies me. Is it harmful to bees? It’s harmful to water creatures? Does it get into the groundwater?


    Talstar P is extremely toxic to fish, aquatic invertebrates as well as bees if they get exposed to direct treatment or the residue of the product. So Talstar P shouldn’t be allowed to drift into water, especially groundwater, as well as it shouldn’t be applied on blooming plants and areas that bees might visit. If your area has both aquatic organisms and pollinators you might be better off using something other than Talstar P.

Miha Bailey

I’m having a cookout and would like to know if this will keep the flies away


    Yes, flies are among the insects that this product controls.


Is it safe to spray outside if you have a swimming pool

    Kristiana Kripena

    As long as you allow the product to completely dry before there is any rain and it doesn’t contaminate the swimming pool it should be fine.


    The first comment on here is so ignorant I don’t believe it’s even a real experience with this product! It’s more likely a troll (a loser withno life or anything better to do other than harrassing & upsetting others with no other goal than to do so) who is just trying to get a rise out of others. With that said… the ignorance among us all these days never ceases to amaze me! Just sayin.


Can you add anything (another chemical) to extend the life of
Talstar P for mosquitoes or what mixture? 1oz to 1 gallon used.
My yard was sprayed 5 days ago with this product and mosquitoes are horrible! We live on our deck during the summer in Michigan.


    Not sure, Larry. Talstar P already lasts for a while. But if you want a product that you won’t need to reapply then you should look into another product that is more long-lasting than this one.


Is Talstar P a repellent insecticide?



Paul A Graham

Does this product kill chiggers ?


    Yes, it does indeed kill chiggers.

Ralph Baker

I have lots of hummingbirds, will this product harm them or will they be ok?


    The product can be used for houses with birds, as well as for bird cages, so hummingbirds shouldn’t be harmed. However, you should prevent the birds from coming into direct contact with the product before it has had a chance to fully dry. Hope this answers your question!

Ralph Baker

also wondering about my little dog I know wait till its dry but what about every morning when the grass is wet from due?


    As long as the product has had time to dry before the first rain, it should be safe. However, if you’re still feeling a bit uneasy, you can try contacting FMC, who manufactures this product, and ask them about this.


Will this work on chiggers and can you put on couches and beds?


    Yes, the product will work on chiggers. However, I would advise you to not put it on beds and couches, since, even though the product can be used for bed frames, you should not put it on bed linens, mattresses, clothes, etc.

Bev Connor

What if Talstar P was sprayed inside house (by exterminator) but he sprayed next to register vents which the AC was running/blowing, so it may have gone airborne??? I’ve been sick all day, even went to ER. Turned off air conditioner and opened windows with fans blowing out. I am worried that inhaling may cause damage to my body. I can’t seem to find info about this. Thank you!


    If you’re not feeling well, you should go see a doctor. Considering you already saw one, you should probably trust what they said, but also keep in mind that this product can be harmful when inhaled.

    Chelsey Lewis

    What about stink bugs and spiders?? And spraying in and out around a basement should be fine?


    The product should work on both spiders and stink bugs. The label has directions for indoor use, as well as for basements specifically. Just make sure to follow the label precisely.


If hydrangeas are sprayed with this in direct sun, will this product kill or damage the foliage?


    The product should be applied during calm weather with no rain, to make sure it has time to dry (which takes 24 hours). However, I’m not sure how a direct sun would affect the plants, so I wouldn’t risk giving you advice on this one. Also, make sure to follow the directions on the label.


For mosquito control at home and cabin yard which is better, Tempo UC or Talstar when sprayed with my backpack sprayer?


    I think Talstar would be a great fit for you, since it works great with a backpack sprayer. However, we have written about both products, so don’t hesitate to also check out this article, to pick one that seems to best fit your needs.


Does this kill earwigs? And what about millipedes?


    Yes, as stated on the label, the product does kill both.

Daniel Hintz

I have a combination of tile and carpet inside my house. Can I spray this product at a rate of 1oz/gallon around the outside perimeter walls on the carpet and tile without damage to either? Thanks. Respectfully, Dan


    The label doesn’t mention tile, but I assume it shouldn’t be a problem, or else it would be pointed out that such usage is not suggested. The product can be used on carpets, though.


Is this best product for carpenter ants?


    This product can be used on carpenter ants, both indoors and outdoors. Depending on your needs, more specific directions can be found on the label on the product.


Does Talstar kill the eggs too? Or, does it cause them to not be able to procreate? We have mites. The pest control company used Talstar but we are still battling mites (4 days later). They are coming back for a second treatment so I’m wondering if the mites we are battling now are just eggs that hatched and the second treatment will resolve the problem or if we need another product. If so, what do you recommend?


    The label doesn’t mention the eggs of mites specifically, so I can’t tell you for sure. But it is possible. I suggest asking people from the pest control company when they come back for the second treatment. They should be able to tell you about whether or not the product kills eggs as well.


Can you use Telstar on fruit trees to control silk worms


    The label doesn’t mention silk worms, but it does say it can be used un non-bearing fruit trees.


I need to spray my pool screening. Should I cover my pool before spraying above the pool?


    Yes, the pool should be covered to avoid the product contaminating the water in it. This product is toxic to fish and aquatic invertebrates, and should not be put on either any water bodies nor let down the drains.


I recently moved into a house that seems to have a roach infestation. I have bombed it 3 times in the past week but have seen a few stragglers that are left waiting for food. How can I use this product in order to rid myself from this horrible infestation. There are not a lot left and I dont want to completely move my items in until I see less of these little critters. Any advice on this ?


    As the label suggests, you should use a 0.02% to 0.06% dilution, which equals to 0.33 to 1 fluid oz. per gallon of water. To apply it, you can either use a low-pressure sprayer (no more than 25 psi) or with a paintbrush. Keep in mind that you should pay special attention to the cracks and crevices, and never use it as a space spray.
    You can also read this article for other tips to deal with your problem.

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