I am on the board of directors of a club located on a lake. We have a wasp problem on our docks this season due to the warm winter. We have been told that no poisons can be used on or around the lake. Do you know if your product is legal to use since it is a natural repellent? Do you have any experience with situations like this?
In fact I do. But first I feel it’s important to understand that we don’t sell “poison”. We carry an extensive line of pesticides and no doubt some of these can be “poisonous” to non-target insects and animals when used against what their label recommends. For this reason it’s important to read any label prior to making a pesticide application to insure you don’t use something that will cause it to present a danger or hazard to some non target organism.
And when it comes to treating around a lake, there is no doubt a very limited amount of products that can be “safely” used in such a vulnerable environment. This is mostly due to the fact that any product which gets into the water will present a direct threat to the aquatic wildlife including fish, plants and other animals. And if you were to read most any label of the products we carry, you’ll find 99.9% of them will have statements making it clear that they should not be used around lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, etc. However, there is one group of products that can be safely used around your lake.
Back in the 80’s the federal government passed a law that created a group of pesticides which are federally exempt from needing to get registered. Essentially these products use actives which are known to be very safe, have a low to no impact when used and won’t pose a hazard to people, the environment or other non-target organisms. And in recent years, these products have gained in popularity. In fact, we have several that do quite well handling a wide range of problems including wasps.
So for your problem, the list of what you can spray safely will be limited but fortunately, there is an option. Known as ESSENTRIA IC3, this concentrate can be mixed with water and sprayed or fogged on and around boat docks. In fact it works great for mosquitoes, wasps and a whole lot of other pests. And it’s labeled for use on boat docks (top of page 4 of it’s SPECIMEN LABEL). I suggest you consider this fine product because it will both control and repel wasps and other pests and when used properly. Most importantly, it won’t pose a hazard to the water, people or other life around the lake.
Essentria IC3: http://www.bugspraycart.com/exempt/liquid/eco-excempt-gal
And here are some applicators you can use for the treatment.
Back Pack Mister: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/solo-mistblower-backpack