Talstar Professional Insecticide Review

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The creator and distributor of the Talstar P Insecticide is a company called FMC Global Specialty Solutions, 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.


  • 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, after drying
  • Odor: No
  • Residue/Stains: No

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.

How does Talstar P work?

The active ingredient is bifenthrin, which is a synthetic pyrethroid.

Pyrethroids work by damaging insects’ nervous systems, weakening them and ultimately causing death. This insecticide will kill insects, and pests quickly and efficiently.

Moreover, since bifenthrin makes up 7.9% of the Talstar Professional solution, it will be strong enough to work even when diluted with water.


It is toxic to humans and pets if swallowed, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. Do not use this product on food crops. Make sure that you allow 30 or so minutes to pass after application so that the insecticide can dry before you allow humans or animals back into the treated areas.

The agricultural restricted entry interval (REI) is 12 hours. This is recommended for maximum safety even in non-agricultural situations. If you treat your firewood, do not burn it for at least one month after treatment.

Talstar P is highly toxic to aquatic organisms like fish, so make sure that you cover all aquatic sites near the application area or avoid those applying this insecticide in areas that are near aquatic habitats.

What pests does Talstar P kill?

Talstar P combats a wide range of pest insects and arachnids both indoors and out.

This insecticide kills everything from mosquitoes, ants, termites, bedbugs, and flies to wasps, bees, spiders, centipedes, crickets, and many other pests.

(For a full list of Talstar P’s target pests, click here.)

Where can this insecticide be used?


Use Talstar Professional as a mosquito yard spray around the perimeter of your backyard to prevent mosquitoes (and other insects) from entering your immediate living area. You can also use it as a fogging insecticide for mosquitoes.

Spray the perimeter of your house or other structures to prevent crawling insects from entering.

Spray it in your garden to prevent it from being eaten by different insects.

And you can also treat your kitchen or other rooms in your home with this insecticide to get rid of indoor pests such as ants, bedbugs, cockroaches, and stink bugs.

How long will it last?

The effect of the insecticide will last up to three months, depending on the target pest.

We recommend letting around 24 hours pass before the sprayed area gets wet so that the insecticide has time to take effect. This will reduce the chances of it washing away.

How to apply Talstar P insecticide?

This can be used with pump sprayers, misters, or foaming equipment, depending on target pest and location. Read the label thoroughly to determine which application equipment is appropriate for your situation.

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 treatment of ornamental plants (e.g., trees, shrubs, flowers), dilute between 0.125 to 1 fl. oz. per gallon of water (3.7 – 29.5 ml per 3.75 liters).
  • For mild infestations, we recommend diluting around 0.33 to 0.5 fl. oz. of the insecticide per gallon of water (9.7 – 14.8 ml per 3.75 liters).
  • For treating indoor spaces, you should mix 0.5 fl. oz. of insecticide with 1 gallon of water (14.8 ml per 3.75 liters).
  • But for really bad infestations, you can try mixing 1 fl. oz. of the insecticide per gallon of water (29.5 ml per 3.75 liters). Do not dilute more than 1.0 fl. oz. to 1 gallon.

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).

Safety tips for using Talstar P

Do not forget about safety while you are using this Talstar insecticide.

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 a reaction.

You can find more information on the Talstar P label.

When you are finished using the insecticide, ensure you do not put the Talstar P Insecticide bottle in direct sunlight or in extreme heat or cold, damaging the insecticide and lowering its lifespan.

Click here for pricing and more info about Talstar P Professional Insecticide


For an all-purpose insecticide that can 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.

Alternatively, you can also consider reading our article and picking one of the best mosquito foggers for the yard if you have a large area you want to keep bug-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.


    Plus, farmers depend on bees for pollination so vegetables can grow, apples, and other fruits require bees. And bees are undergoing tremendous declines due to insecticides like this.


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.


    Larry, make sure you have removed all standing water from around your house and also treat the shrubs if there are any around your house. If you have removed the water the breed in and treated the bushes they like to hide in during the heat of the day Talstar should work well for you.


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.


    What is the shelf life of this product? I bought a gallon one year ago and wonder if it will still be effective?

    Kristiana Kripena

    Talstar P’s shelf life is about 3 to 5 years from the date of purchase, so as long as you have kept it away from extreme temperatures your product should still be effective.


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.

Pierre Villeneuve

Does this product kill grubs?

    Kristiana Kripena

    Talstar P is not labeled for use to treat grubs, therefore, we wouldn’t recommend using it for grub worms. There are other products that are more suitable for this. For example, Dominion 2L Concentrate and the Bio Advanced Complete Insect Killer will be great for this along with other products that are specifically labeled to kill grubs.

Steve Basore

Should Talstar be applied to dry lawn?


    No, it can also be applied on a lawn that’s damp.

Maria Fiore

Hi, I am putting down seads to grow grass and also would like to put this down to kill any tics. Do you know if I should put the grass seads down first? Would it kill the seads if I did it right after? Or should I wait a certain amount of time before applying Talstar? Thanks!


    It shouldn’t affect the seeds.


    But consider that you will have to water the seeds and seedlings daily, for 4-6 weeks until they develop deep roots…
    You may just be washing the Talstar off your lawn every few days.
    (Our pest company just sprayed our yard for the first time this season, but my grass seed just sprouted so I may have to call them back to retreat in a week or two)


I used a solution with two cap-fulls (twice the recommended amount) in a gallon of water, spraying liberally around my house. I have brown recluses. I vacated the premises and went to my girlfriend’s for two days, but when I came home, I became light-headed. I left again. I returned three days later, and became light-headed again. I left again. I returned today, one week after application, and am currently light-headed once more. I used twice the amount recommended and probably sprayed too much, but should I still be feeling the effects after all this time??


    Has the area been properly ventilated? This product shouldn’t be used in poorly ventilated areas. Make sure to keep your windows open for a while.


I didn’t use gloves when adjusting my nozzle and some of the solution got onto my finger. I didn’t wash it immediately, only after I finished spraying (maybe 30 minutes later). Am I at risk of being injured?


    If you’re not seeing any irritation of the skin, you should be fine.


Our neighbor just had their landscaping, pine trees and foundation sprayed by a professional. The trees are full of nesting birds. Robins and Cardinals eat worms and insects. How will this affect the birds? We live on the edge of a marsh with a creek. What is the effect of run off from their yard to the watershed? Or run off from their yard to our yard? Both of us have vegetable gardens. What is the danger of the poison on our garden?


    For any questions regarding treatments performed by professionals, you should be talking to the people or the company that provided the service. They should be aware of the effects and harms their chosen products might cause.

Robert Newton

I have ants in my vegetables garden can I use this product.


    The label says not to use the product on edible crops.

Daniel Shipman

I am looking for something to control earth worms on a putting green. Everyday hundreds of worms leave castings on the putting service. I understand earthworms typically are good but in this case they reeking havoc with my greens mower as well as leaving holes in the green. Talstar P was recommended to me. Is it suitable for this application?


    The product isn’t labeled for earthworms. According to this article, this product has low toxicity to them, meanwhile, it also has plenty of suggestions for you to choose from.

Missouri Gardener

Our red cedar trees in a 16 year old wind break planting were threatened by bag worms. A local lawn care specialist treated the trees today with Talstar and a drift-reducing product. Parts of our vegetable garden are within 30 feet of where he was spraying. The air was relatively calm. I have read this product is not for vegetables, but should I be concerned about harvesting since I felt there was very little drift? I see that in products with a lower concentration of Bifenthrin that harvesting is safe in 3 days. Thanks for your input. The sweet corn is ready.


    The product shouldn’t be applied to food crops. Considering the treatment was done by an expert, the safety of your crops was probably considered as well. However, if you do feel like your crops might have been contaminated, you should probably avoid eating them.

Dave Bouvier

Can I use this product with a garden sprayer that attaches to a water hose to speed up the application process? A tank spayer for an entire yard sounds painfull. My issue is Cinchbugs… do the granules work just as well?


    The label does mention hose-end sprayers, so it shouldn’t be a problem. As for the granules, yes, they should also work on chinch bugs.

Rocky A

Is Talstar effective on Carpenter Bees.


    This product kills bees.

Bill Barry

If sprayed in morning and has 4 to 6 hours of sunshine drying time. Now it’s very dry but then a short rain shower comes. What is Talstar effectiveness? Thanks


    The label suggests only treating the area when rain isn’t predicted for the next 24hours, therefore, the rain might have affected the efficiency. If the product had dried completely, it’s possible it will still be effective and do the job.


We have Oak leaf caterpillars and leaf skeletonizers in our Red Oak tree and have many hummingbirds. Will Talstar Insecticide harm the hummingbirds? If so, what else would you recommend?


    The product is labeled for use around birds as well. Therefore, it should be safe. Though, make sure the hummingbirds don’t get to the treated area before the product has dried completely.

Chirag Patel

After I sprayed the diluted mixture, I breathed in a ver slight amount of the mist. Will I be ok?


    If you’re feeling good and not having any trouble breathing, you’ll probably be fine. Still, we suggest consulting a medical professional, if possible.


Will this kill grubs underground or will it only kill surface insects?


    Talstar isn’t labeled for grubs, so we suggest using something else.

Hope Smalls

I have had issues with bed bug in the past. Can I spray this safely in cracks or anywhere else in the house. And how much to use?


    For bed bugs, dilute 1 fl. oz with a gallon of water. As for how much you’ll need, it depends on the area you need treated.
    As the label states, the product should be applied to cracks and crevices where signs of bed bugs have been noticed, including bed frames, box springs, inside empty dressers and clothes closets and carpet edges, high and low wall moldings, and wallpaper edges. Avoid putting the product on bed linens, pillows, mattresses or clothes.

K Alta

Will this product kill white flies?


    Yes, it’s labeled for whiteflies as well.

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