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- Repels and kills mosquitoes and other annoying insects
- Controls up to 8 weeks, even after rain
- Up to 5,000 square foot coverage
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Cutter Bug-Free Concentrate is Effective on Mosquitoes
The active ingredient is Permethrin. Permethrin is extremely toxic to fish and aquatic life, so if you have a backyard pond, avoid spraying this area. It is also highly toxic to cats, since they lick their fur and ingest the toxin. Cutter warns to keep all pets off the lawn until the application is completely dry. Spray the yard from the outside perimeter in. You don’t want to get the chemical on your feet, as it will cause a tingling sensation (it is a neurotoxin and is classified as a “likely” carcinogen. There is also a link to Parkinson’s disease). Wear heavy shoes or rubber boots when applying. Cutter instructions say to wet down the yard first, but I usually apply in the early AM when dew is still present. Avoid applying in windy conditions as you don’t want this stuff blowing back on you. Cutter says to not apply more than 14 treatments per year.
The product is applied by using a sprayer, like Ortho, SCOTTS ORTHO DIAL N SPRAY HOSE END, and setting the dial to 1/2 oz./gallon. Spray every single piece of greenery possible, as well as the sides of dwelling, window screens, etc. The wider the perimeter, the better the control of mosquitoes.
While there are risks in using any chemical, I apply the chemical carefully per instructions and avoid getting any on my body. The danger of West Nile Disease is significant in this area, and I’d rather apply Cutter’s Bug-Free Backyard than avoid going outside.
However, it wasn’t anywhere near 100% effective. I’d guess closer to 60% effective in the yard, and 50% up close to the house. Also, the “staying power” was non-existent. The entire area that I sprayed down with this product was fully swarmed with mosquitoes within the next 24 hours. This was without any rain or other environmental changes.
So, it’s better than nothing. But not better than just deciding to stay inside when the bugs are thick.
I will grant, though, that I live within 500yards of rice farms. In a more normal suburban environment, you could probably expect better results. I know I’ve gotten better results in previous residences.
Higher Price, Lesser Product
Keeps mosquitos away
Only solution I have found for mosquitos
Not perfect – but what an improvement!
Does anybody else think it is odd that the price for just the product alone is MORE than the price for the product in the bottle with the built in sprayer? I don’t think their sprayer is very good, so I buy the cheapest I can get and dump it into my Ortho hose-end sprayer…
Now… why can’t we buy this stuff in gallon or 5 gallon jugs?