Not All Bifenthrin Products are Created Equal: Discover the Talstar® Difference

Not All Bifenthrin Products are Created Equal: Discover the Talstar® Difference

Bifenthrin was first introduced to the pest control industry by FMC Corporation under the Talstar® Brand in 1990. Talstar, from FMC Professional Solutions, is the original bifenthrin brand, and as such it has undergone the most rigorous efficacy and quality assurance testing of any bifenthrin product. From formulation technology to packaging ease of use, Talstar is the number one trusted brand on the market today. Bifenthrin is a fourth generation pyrethroid with several unique characteristics. When looking at the chemical structure of bifenthrin, a few key characteristics stand out versus other pyrethroids. Unlike permethrin, cypermethirn, deltamethrin, cyfluthrin and cyhalothrin, bifenthrin does not have a phenoxy-benzyl bridge that can quickly hydrolyze (break down). This results in bifenthrin’s longer residual activity. Bifenthrin also has a trifluoro group which adds true miticidal activity to this insecticide. Perhaps even more important, bifenthrin does not have an alpha-cyano group, thus making it less irritating to the skin than other pyrethroids such as; cypermethirn, deltamethrin, cyfluthrin, cyhalothrin and others. All pyrethroids are synthetic compounds similar to naturally occurring pyrethrum, an extract from chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium and C. coccineum). Pyrethroids are used widely due to their wide range of pest activity and stability under UV light. Pyrethroids work on insects by keeping the sodium channels open in their neuronal membranes. When the sodium channels are kept in an open state, the nerves rapidly fire and cannot de-excite, leading to paralysis and eventually, death. It’s important to note that not all bifenthrin products are created equal. FMC bifenthrin has a long track record of consistent quality and formulation. Some non-FMC bifenthrin products can vary widely in key...