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Talstar Pro Review for Bed Bugs

Updated on March 23, 2017
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This review explores the pros, cons and usage of Talstar Pro.
This review explores the pros, cons and usage of Talstar Pro. | Source

The Product

Talstar is an insecticide that I tried because it had more active ingredients than some competitors. Mixing your own pesticide might seem a bit much if so then this is not the product for you.

You need a 1-gallon handheld sprayer for the solution you will mix. Wear gloves and make sure you don't breath the mixture.

This insecticide kills many insects, bed bugs are one of them. It is sometimes used by professionals and is on the market for home and business owners. The product doesn't clearly state when and where it is legal to use, but I'll talk about that later.

If you have pets and small children, then extream caution needs to be used with this product. alternative products are Hot Shot Bed bug and Flea Spray and Suspend SC. The person doing the spraying must be vigilant, in the comments, one view told a story about how their young child was accidentally sprayed by the product because the sprayer was left unattended.

The person who sprays must be vigilant. In the comment section below, one reader told a story about how their young child was accidentally sprayed by the product because the sprayer was left unattended.

Readers are encouraged to leave their own honest review in a comment. Love it? Hate it? Let other readers know about your experience.

Truthfully, if you have young children and bed bugs, it may be best to let a professional exterminator. There are well-branded experts, such as Orkin and Terminex who can safely get rid of bed bugs.

Do not spray this product on mattresses, bedding or couches. This could cause poisoning, especially in children and people with low immune systems. This information is in the directions, but you don't know that until after you buy the product.

If you want to treat mattresses, then try Hot Shot. They developed a product specifically designed for treating mattresses and couches. You do not need to use this product on bedding or curtains. They can be dried on high heat for an hour to kill bugs.

Talstar pro costs around $45 US dollars. The container is 3/4 a gallon, and it is a concentrate. This bottle will give you at least ten gallons.

Comparing Talstar to Competitors

Suspend SC
Talstar Pro
Temprid SC
Good
Better
Best
Permethrin
Bifenthrin
Cyfluthrin and Imidacloprid
Contact and Residual Killer
Contact and Residual Killer
Contact and residual killer, and prevents bug reproduction

Used Talstar for Bed Bugs?

3 out of 5 stars from 51 ratings of Talstar Pro

Pros and Cons

I bought this product online from Amazon. The package I received had a "Warning/Caution" sticker on the outside of the box. I understand why, but this is a con. Many pesticides are more careful and provide less obvious packaging.

Upon opening the box, the first thing I encountered is tons of plastic, with the Talstar packed safely inside. The warning on the box and the protective plastic indicates that this product is potentially dangerous.

When bed bugs are immune to Deltamethrin, this is the best alternative. This professional insecticide contains bifenthrin, a chemical that is dangerous when inhaled or absorbed through the skin. This added chemical is one reason it is slightly superior to its competitor.

Notice my use of the words professional. This can be a pro and a con. There are states where it is not legal to use professional pesticides without proper certifications. Landlords should never skimp on tenants, and should not use this for rentals if not qualified to do so.

The fact that it contains bifenthrin explains why it cannot be sprayed on bedding and couches. What you can do is use another product, such as Suspend SC or Hot Shot instead, An alternative is to use Hot Shot Mattress and Furniture treatment, and then Talstar everywhere else.

To use this product yo need to read the directions carefully. The directions come in the form of a booklet found in the front pouch on the bottle. The booklet is quite long and somewhat complex. It is very important that you read it in its entirety before you use this product.

There is a specific section that explains how to use Talstar for bed bugs. It will explain how much of the mixture you use. Before you spray, you need to give your house a good clean. You will need to empty dressers first. Assume any clothing needs to be sent to the dryer, or seal them up until you can.

Make sure there is not trash dust or dirt on the floor or baseboards. Give the room good vacuuming and them throw the bag away in an outdoor trashcan.

Cover your kitchen counters with a trash bag and make sure all dishes are put away in closed cupboards (if you plan to use this in the kitchen for other insects, too).

You will pour the directed amount into a sprayer (which should only be used for this product). You will then add the directed amount of water.

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What Else You Need

Insecticide alone is never a cure for bed bugs, even one as powerful as Talstar. There are many other things you need to do to get rid of the problem.

To understand everything you are going to need, check out:

You should seal your home after you have sprayed, don't forget cracks and crevices. But, before you get gung-ho and start spraying on your own, you need to thoroughly understand bed bugs. Read anything, and everything, you can about bed bugs.

Find out what they look like, how they breed and learn about their life cycle is. Once you are armed with the correct information, you can decide if you should be tackling this on your own, or if you should call a professional. In my opinion, if you have any doubts, then a professional should be called straight away.

Consumers must mix Talstar Pro themselves. You will need a pesticide sprayer.
Consumers must mix Talstar Pro themselves. You will need a pesticide sprayer. | Source

Does Talstar Wok Well on Bed Bugs?

Yes, Talstar works well against bed bugs. It kills them. When we used this product we notice a huge decrease in bed bugs. The spray is said to be a contact killer. When I used it I did not see instant death. However, there was evident dead bugs after about 15-24 hours.

After spraying, bed bugs continued to show up dead on the floor for at least a month. You see, bed bugs do not need to eat that often. The ones hidden deep away in a crevice can wait for a long time before the come out.

Luckily, Talstar still leaves a non-oily residue that continues to work against these buggers well after the spray. One bottle of Talstar pro makes many gallons of spray. This means that one bottle is enough for application and reapplication.

Remember, an insecticide alone does not stop bed bugs. They are crafty little critters, and a multimodal plan should be used to get rid of them. After you spray, focus on eradication, and then focus on prevention.

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