Spraying Malathion.. is it safe?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by sellersgang, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. sellersgang

    sellersgang In the Brooder

    Aug 21, 2008
    Cleveland, MS
    Flies and mosquitoes are driving me crazy around our coops and runs so I KNOW its driving our chickens crazy too. We spray malathion in our garage and around our doors to help keep down on mosquitoes and it seems to help. Would it be safe to spray around the coops and runs with it also?? If so, when would it be safe to let the chickens out for a field trip again??

    The youngest of our girls is 22 wks old.
  2. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    I thought that stuff was outlawed. I personally wouldn't use it around my chickens or on my property. That is some mean junk.
  3. Rainman

    Rainman In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2008
    Woodinville WA.
    malathion is NOT banned is is an effective mosquitoe killer. It is safe around your birds. Far better than west nile virus.
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  4. Gazinga

    Gazinga Chook Norris

    well, i too thought it was banned, i wouldnt use it around my girls, thats for sure, better safe then sorry
  5. ml

    ml Songster

    Mar 4, 2007
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2008
  6. That's a great link, bookmarked!

    Rather than malathion, you would be better off hanging convenient 'no-pest strips' in your coop (avoid over food/water). They're made by Black Flag, Vapoona, TSC and other suppliers and contain pyrethins. We are in a mosquito and fly area, the numbers would curl your toes, but our coop is virtually free of them. Safe for birds, eggs.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2008
  7. sellersgang

    sellersgang In the Brooder

    Aug 21, 2008
    Cleveland, MS
    Hope its not banned cuz WalMart sells lots of it.. cant seem to keep it in stock.

    Thanks for the link too.
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  8. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    BAD stuff, and in this day and age we should all know that the fact that something is available does not make it necessarily safe.

    I too have great success with simple old-fashioned granny-style flypaper. Available at hardware stores and probably also that place that begins with a W.
  9. banter

    banter Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine

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