Insecticide (Bifenthrin) price/rates

Old 06-13-18, 04:28 PM
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Insecticide (Bifenthrin) price/rates

Hi. In addition to putting down granules on my large yard (a bit too large to use sprays) I want to spray various parts outside my house with bifenthrin.

In any case, I'm confused about these 2 products: Bifen XTS Bifenthrin Concentrate 1 Quart Bifen I/T Insecticide-Bifenthrin Equivalent to Talstar PRO-Pint

The 1st one is twice as much product (32 oz vs 16 oz) than the 2nd one, and is a little short of being twice as expensive, which makes sense (i.e. the more you buy the cheaper it is per ounce).

What I don't get is that the first one is also 3x more concentrated (25.1% bifen vs. 7.9%), thereby making it vastly cheaper than the 2nd one, correct?

Or is there something else going on there? Is XTS different than I/T? They both simply contain Bifenthrin, so seem to be the same product essentially.

Thanks for any help figuring this out.
Old 06-13-18, 04:39 PM
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I've seen that with many products. The more you buy the cheaper it is. That not only applies to the package size but also the concentration. The take-away is that the one is much less expensive when mixed up to it's application concentration.
Old 06-14-18, 01:39 PM
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The XTS should be cheaper as it will take less concentrate to make the same percentage of emulsion/suspension, not sure which it is.

I don't have time anymore today to look at both labels and compare the amounts to use to make the same percentage, such as .03% or .06%, both of which are common for general pest control. That's where the proof will be but I'm suspecting that the more concentrated material will be cheaper. Otherwise, they are the same active ingredient.

Bifenthrin has a wide use label and is user friendly compared to others. Good on ornamentals for bag worms, good for clover mites, etc. One of my favorites, though it wouldn't be a choice if treating for roaches or fleas.

A good site to compare labels and safety data sheets.

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Old 06-14-18, 05:54 PM
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Looks like one is oil based vs water based (so inside and outside issues), and one breaks down quicker outside.

Looks like the XTS is used at a .06% to .12% concentration which would cut the "value" in half. Still probably a better deal for outside.

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