|Other Options to the Triple Pesticide 10/3/18|
There are three basic goals to accomplish in getting your life back from Collembola. The first is the diet which is strict, the second is to effectively bathe to clean your skin with Nature's Gift™ Debriding Soap. The third is to disinfect and get the organisms out of your environment. And, clearing out resistant strains of Collembola from your environment can be challenging. Rose may have discovered an option to the triple pesticide which can only be used every 11 days.
I wrote back and asked her if she was using it for Collembola and she replied,
"yes, for Collembola, I had called do your own to be sure I was getting the correct products in the triple pesticide line up, they highly recommended this. I used it in my car, around the crevices of the baseboards, and on the window sills and screens. I also put it in a sprinkler can and drenched the perimeter of the house. I thought it was pretty strong, not an odor at all, just chemically potent stuff, and had to stay away until it dried, but I am very sensitive. I did not spray it near the air intake on the car, and am careful to only use the fresh air, not recirc, while it is in the car. I would not suggest putting it on anything you sit on, like car seats, sofa etc. "
This is the description from their website
Cy-kick CS liquid concentrate insecticide provides 90 days of full-throttle killing power, controlling insects indoors and outdoors. With a broad spectrum label including spiders, ants, mosquitoes, bees, cockroaches, crickets, fleas, flies, bed bugs, silverfish, ticks, wasps, wood infesting borers and more, you don’t have to pick and choose between different insecticides for different pests. Cy-Kick CS works great against every insect you’re up against, so one product and one application is all you need. Simply mix 1 to 2 oz Cy-kick CS per gallon of water and apply using a small commercial sprayer or foamer. Spray liberally indoors along baseboards, in cracks and crevices, and wall voids. Cy-Kick is also used as an outdoor perimeter or lawn treatment. The density of Cy-Kick CS is similar to water, resulting in an even, consistent mixture that requires little agitation to remain in full suspension. When sprayed, Cy-Kick CS creates a thick barrier of microcapsules that is impossible for insects to cross without being exposed to a lethal dose of insecticide. Exposed insects pick up microcapsules on their hairs and body triggering a rapid release of the active ingredient, resulting in death. Cy-kick CS is virtually odorless, and will not create a visible residue or stain when used according to the recommended label rate.
I thank Rose for sharing her experience. While I hate any insecticide--triple pesticide, Pronto, and so on, if they work, they are worth it. An option to spraying the Cy-Kick around the perimeter of the house, is to use the lime sulfur solution I wrote about in a recent update.
Unfortunately, it's all experimental. For instance Pronto works for about 50% of those who reported using it. The triple pesticide isn't always effective. Bifen granules don't always work. And, ozone doesn't seem to be totally effective either. What we don't know is if each person uses the product/equipment effectively. For instance, in the beginning, we only suggested using ozone a few times, now, in a recent update about ozone, it's recommended to use it daily for up to 21 days and instead of for two hours straight, use it for 1/2 hour on, an hour off, 1/2 hour on, and hour off, and then another half hour on by setting the timer--that's a lot of work to do several rooms. Many have reported cedarcide as not being effective, yet one lady wrote to tell me that it must be used right and aggressively to be effective--more later.
If you try the Cy-kick, let me know how it works for you.
Here's another option to the triple pesticide and Cy-kick
Ellen offered the following information and another option to the triple pesticide to destroy Collembola and mites. As I noted, I'm not in favor of pesticides, but sometimes drastic measures are required to get rid of these organisms. However, Ellen may have a far less risky option. She writes,
"The active ingredient in Cy-Kick CS is Cyfluthrin, a synthetic pyrethroid that attacks the central nervous system of target pests.
As an MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity) patient, I could not even consider using something this toxic. Fluoridated chemicals are some of the worst and do produce CNS effects in humans. Wanted to tell you what I used.
The last time we had mites/bugs/Collembola, we had a parakeet in the house so I needed to find something non-toxic for both the bird and for our cats. I found a product called A.I.L. (Avian Insect Liquidator ). It is a permethrin-based insecticide. One of Its main differences is that it is a hydrosol, not an aerosol. I have been able to successfully use it in the house even with my chemical intolerance and neither the bird nor cats (nor me!) had any trouble with it. You may want to check it out in case others could benefit from its great effectiveness without toxicity. It was developed by a veterinarian and is made by Vetafarm, in Australia."
I thank Ellen for her contribution. The question still remains if this or Cy-Kick, or the triple pesticide (assuming you use them correctly) will destroy the organisms plaguing you. Go to https://vetafarm.com/product/avian-insect-liquidator/ for more information.Remember, ammonia can also be a central nervous toxin which is why I don't recommend using it on your skin or breathing it very much.