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BRIANisMEisWE 07-08-2011 02:01 PM

Want to spray perimeter, but....
There is a pond 40 yards from the back of our house, and I don't want to kill the fish. I don't want to kill my little Dachshunds. I don't want to kill anything but bugs. The pond has frightened me away from the products I've seen in the local home improvement warehouses. I don't know if the pond is far enough away to be safe from perimeter sprays. I imagine the rain could carry the chemicals to the pond. But I want something that really works, and will knock back ants, pill bugs, roaches, and spiders. Did I mention I don't want my doggies to get sick stepping across these perimeters? Surely someone out there is in a similar situation and can recommend something? Please?

liquidvw 07-08-2011 03:49 PM

I dont like to spray anything either. I use these stakes to control the ants.

I put about 6 around the outside of the house and that works for me. I usually install them in the spring and they last all year. As far as the spiders, I use glue boards in the unfinished sections of the home ie garage, basement, attic, etc.

This works for me and no spraying. :thumbsup:

BRIANisMEisWE 07-09-2011 03:25 PM

Thanks for the suggestion! Is it the case that all of the perimeter sprays will find their way into a nearby pond or onto household pets?

PAbugman 07-10-2011 10:34 AM

Perimeter sprays from a hand sprayer, including spraying up the side of the house, will stay put. Make sure that the chemical has time to dry before any rainstorm and it won't leach. Stay within 2-4 feet perimeter on the soil, spray as high as you want. The house and rain gutter/spouting will protect the perimeter. Don't use granules, as they can move downhill. Keep pets and people out of perimeter until it is dry.

The ant baits are a good solution to ant problems as there is a better chance of colony elimination. You can do both, but don't do both at the same time as your spray may work against your baiting strategy. If you can keep the bait stations out of the spray perimeter, all the better. The baits won't stay fresh and acceptable all year; probably need to change them every couple months, especially if you have ant activity.

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