Thank you for question! First let me thank you for allowing us to come out and look at your property!
As a matter of fact, I have researched this issue for a friend of mine who raises free range chickens and had similar issues. At the time, I was unable to find research on the products we use in regards to chickens. I do know the mosquito products we use are pyretheroids which are the synthetic form of pyretherins which are developed from chrysanthemum’s. They are the same products used in many of the products used in dog flea and tick control. I have 3 dog’s and 4 children myself and use everything at my house. I used the mosquito control at my house for 10 years before it became a line of service for many companies, with great flea and tick reduction, as well as mosquito control! The key with the above mentioned is to allow the products to dry and use common sense.
NC State did a study of how long it took to dry and be taken up by the plant, broken down in sunlight or bound by the soil. They scrubbed the area every hour and measured what came off with a technique that could measure micro amounts. The result was around 4-6 hours. The one thing we are adamant about is safety and the products we use are newer, safer, better tested technology vs products that came out in the 70’s when products weren’t tested as well. Long story short, family and dogs, I am comfortable saying as long as they can be up for a few hours, no problem!
In regards to the chicken’s I will send a few emails to some friends at Syngenta, Bayer and NC State to explore this issue more in depth. I found a lot of articles where people are having great success with the same product we are using and chicken’s but I am not ready to do this without more research which I will do today. Here is a thread I found of someone using the same product in a similar manner for starters.
I will add that we treat over 3500 properties every 6 weeks and while we do our best to know where we apply, we can’t control what happens when we leave and I am proud to say in 15 years We have never had an issue. This includes many horse pastures and dog kennel’s that we do for weed’s and flea and tick control.
Thanks again and I will be back later.
Name: Jill S.
Hi, we received an estimate from your company and my husband is very interested in your services. We are looking at the mosquito and turf services. My concern is that we have backyard chickens that free range sometimes. Additionally we have dogs and a small child. Are these services safe for the chickens? They live in a run but I’m concerned about runoff and spray that could harm them, particularly because they eat insects. Do you have experience with these products and how they can affect animals? Thanks.