Does Bifen I/T hurt animals and butterflies when sprayed?
The Mosquito Authority came to my farm in error (supposed to go to a nearby neighbor) and sprayed my land, which was in full bloom with various flowers. My blind cat was on the porch and within 72 hours one of my indoor birds that during the day is on the screened porch (bird was not out when the spraying occured) however; was outside the next morning, bled to death in the cage. I am wondering if this Bifen I/T was the cause of my bird's death, and if the butterflies/bees which were sprayed were injured. Also my land has the Chesapeake Bay Watershed going through it and am wondering about the damage to the water.
Open Mar 16, 2017 - 09:44 AM
Mar 16, 2017 - 10:48 AM
Bifen I/T is not an inherently toxic pesticide. It can kill butterflies and bees if sprayed directly, but once dried, the kill factor will be near zero since it also has repellent properties.
Bifen I/T is a synthetic pyrethroid class insecticide. It kills crawling insects. It is very low odor and does not work by inhalation. The issue with the bird is in my opinion again, something else. Even if Bifen I/T were sprayed indoors, around and near the bird, the bird would not bleed. Bifen I/T is not an anticoagulant and does not work this way.
If you read enough posts about pesticides on the internet, you will panic and think that the end of the world is near. I can tell you that after being in this business for over 40 years, the claims against most pesticides being dangerous and life threatening - in my opinion - are greatly exaggerated. Bifen I/T by its very nature would have a limited impact on the surrounding environment. It probably won't have much impact on the Mosquitoes either.
Hope this helps.