Saturday, October 14

Sometimes, a skull and crossbones is a good sign, even if it's only moderately toxic. I can say without a doubt, this is the first time since I received my pesticide handler's certification, that I am THRILLED to use it. I asked the boss what he suggested I used to kill those pesky lil bastids...he said a Pyrethroid (basically the same stuff most flea treatments use) would do it.

Is it odd that I generally don't enjoy shopping, yet browsing for this death-juice made my day?

I chose the Lesco Crosscheck plus multi-insecticide an
emulsifiable concentrate with the active ingedient Bifenthrin 7.9% fl tc.

Large doses may cause incoordination, tremor, salivation, vomiting, diarrhea, and irritability to sound and touch

Doesn't that sound nice. Yes, yes it does.

I wonder if I use a lower does than the EPA standard for this chemical (a .25% dilution rate), if it will make them suffer more/longer.

Btw, the final recovery time for me... I missed two full weeks of work. And workers' compensation wouldn't cover it (probably because some quack called it poison ivy). I still have scars, almost two weeks later... and I suspect I will for some (if not forever) time.

Everyone I talk to about these horrid bugs says they only live in Florida... and they can't believe they're actually here. Jokingly I say, they must have hitched a ride on the backs of fire ants as Knoxville has just recently been added to the 'fire ant quarantine zone'.