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Pesticide Granules

When it comes to treating pest outdoors and around your yard, perhaps the best kind of pesticide formulation to use are insecticide granules. Insecticide granules are essentially contents of an insecticide liquid in dry granular form. Insecticide granules work well on ants, chinch bugs and other common lawn pests.

On this page we will inform you about granular insecticides, how the granules are formulated, and how to properly apply granules around your home to treat for pests. You can also browse the best insecticide granule formulations we carry at Solutions Pest & Lawn.

What is an Insecticide Granule?

A pesticide granule is a formulation where rather than being in liquid form and needing to be sprayed, the pesticide is impregnated on an organic material such as sand, ground up clay, corn cob, walnut shells or some other dry, solid substance which then can be bagged and spread around a yard. 

Pesticide granule formulations are similar to dust formations, with the difference being the granular particles are heavier and larger in size. The active ingredient in a insecticide granule is either coated around the outside of the granule or absorbed. The amount of active ingredient is usually very low, usually ranging from .01 to 2% by weight.

Insecticide granules contain newer chemicals which in comparison to older chemicals are much safer for people, pets and the environment.

Every time the granules are made wet they release a portion of the pesticide they contain inside which allows for an extended release and a longer residual effect.


granule screenshot 1Ideal Conditions For Applying Insecticide Granules

Granules are most often used to apply chemicals to the soil to control weeds, nematodes and invading insect pests which are living in the soil or for absorption into plants through the roots. Insecticide granule formulations are sometimes applied  by airplane or  helicopter to minimize drift or to penetrate dense vegetation.


Once applied, granules release the active ingredient slowly. Some types of granules require the soil to be moist or for the product to be made wet to release the active ingredient contained within. Granular insecticides also are used to control mosquito larvae and other aquatic pests. Insecticide Granules are used in agricultural, turf, aquatic, right-of-way and public health operations.


The most effective way to apply granular pesticides to your yard is to use a seeder, lawn spreader or or hand-held spreader. Once the granules have been spread out over the intended area, water should be applied in order to obtain the best results.

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Pesticide granules bring a number of benefits that give the formulation an advantage of others. First of all, it’s a ready-to-use. No mixing is required. The potential of the product drifting where it shouldn’t and becoming a health hazard is low. The products tend to settle where they have been spread very quickly.


When utilizing an applicator (such as a granule spreader) there is also little hazard. You don’t have to worry about spray in your face or inhaling dust because the granule particles are larger and are less likely to be ingested or get in your eyes when spreading them around.


The weight of the granule carries the formulation through foliage to soil or water target. There are no complicated products that are necessary to use when applying insecticide granules as all you would need is either a seeder or fertilizer spreader. The product also breaks down more slowly than wettable powders or emulsifiable concentrates because of a slow-release coating.


Drawbacks of Insecticide Granules? (When should they NOT be used)

Pesticide granules have a few disadvantages in some scenarios. Granules also do not stick to foliage or uneven surfaces. On some lawns granules may need to be incorporated into the soil. Some versions of insecticide granules also require moisture to activate the insecticide.


Insecticide granules may be hazardous to non-target species such as waterfowl or other birds who will mistakenly feed on the granules, thinking them to be seeds. Insecticide granules may not be effective under very dry or drought conditions because the active ingredient will not have the moisture to release in a sufficient quantity to control the target pest.


Popular Insecticide Granules We Carry In Stock


Bifen LP - Bifen LP Granules are a cheaper alternative to Talstar granules. Made by Control Solutions Inc, these insecticide granules will provide up to 90 days of insect control in your yard. Bifen Granules will kill fleas, ticks, roaches, ants, scorpions, and many other pests. You can find this in our 100% Guaranteed Control Kit for ants and fleas.


Taurus G Fipronil Granules (Topsoil) - Taurus G is a fipronil .0143% granule for yearlong control of ants and mole crickets. Taurus G is a cheaper alternative to TopChoice from Bayer. It is the best ant killer available on the market and is guaranteed to kill fire ants and mole crickets for up to 1 year. Taurus G is the best ant killer. It is guaranteed to control fire ants for 1 year. It also is for control of mole crickets and cockroaches.


Prodiamine 65 WDG (Barricade) - Prodiamine 65 WDG is an excellent pre-emergent herbicide that is activated by water. It is easy to use, safe and effective. It provides excellent control for broadleaf and grassy weeds with a long-lasting residual to contain susceptible weeds and prevent new growth from occurring. Same active ingredient as the popular barricade.


Hydrothol Granule Aquatic Herbicide - Hydrothol Granular Aquatic Algacide and Herbicide is designed to control unwanted plantlife in your ponds and other bodies of water such as algae and aquatic plant growth.


How to use Insecticide Granules.granule screenshot 3

1. Gather the necessary materials to apply the insecticide granules. This includes.a granule spreader, safety gloves and the pesticide. Read the label on the granule packaging to determine the proper usage and calculate the amount you need to use to ensure adequate control. Load your spreader with the correct amount of granules according to your treatment area.

2. Apply the granules as a broadcast application across the desired treatment area. Overlap your pattern by 1-2 feet to ensure even coverage. Use a similar pattern that you would when mowing your lawn.

3. If label requires, then wet the lawn down after applying the granules so that the insecticide soaks into the soil for maximum impact and to activate the active ingredient

Browse our selection of insecticide granule products below and if you ever need help selecting the best product for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (800) 479-6583 or contact us at askapro@solutionsstores.com and we can point you in the right direction for whatever situation you may have.

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