There is an old adage out there that promises, “Teaching teaches the teacher.” I believe that with all my heart. Never does a day go by that I don’t learn something from my readers. Most days those lessons are small, perhaps even insignificant. And then there are days like today when it’s just one big wow after another!
Dear Mary: In response to your recent post on do-it-yourself pest control for home and garden, I wanted to let you know about another really cheap way to do your own pest control using Taurus SC Termiticide with 9.1% Fipronil, which contains the same active ingredient in Frontline for dogs but way cheaper.
You mix it up in a sprayer. I agree that $50 is a lot of money, however a 20-ounce container when properly mixed with water makes 25 gallons of product that will kill fleas, ants, cockroaches, spiders, bedbugs, houseflies and everything else. It’s harmless to humans, dogs, cats and birds and has a stable shelf life of years when stored in the dark.
For ants, it will kill the whole nest for good when sprayed around the nest, not directly in it. Under the sink and behind the toilet, it remains effective for a year minimum. You can spray your drapes or blinds without staining them and you won’t have any more houseflies indoors for the next six months because they always go to the windows where you’ve sprayed, and then they always die.
I may sound like I am a salesman for Taurus SC Termiticide with 9.1% Fipronil, but I am not. I have just used it for years and know for certain just how effective and inexpensive it is to do my own pest control. — Doug
Dear Doug: I must admit that when I first read your message, it sounded too good to be true. Especially the part about 25 gallons. And the houseflies. I came this close to hitting delete, but decided to check it out because who doesn’t want this kind of safe and simple way to control the pests you describe? I am excited to let you and my readers know that I have determined all you say to be absolutely true.
However, I do need to make sure my readers understand that Taurus SC is NOT a substitute for Frontline for dogs, as it should NOT be sprayed on or ingested by animals or humans for any purpose.
Taurus SC Termiticide with 9.1% Fipronil should be used as you describe, to treat the areas that pesky insects frequent. My limited research affirms that the toxicity of Fipronil on humans has been tested in numerous studies with no adverse effects. That being said, I recommend that readers should always conduct their own due diligence before proceeding.
As for a resource, I suggest readers do an online search, as there are several distributors for this product, such as DoMyOwn.com (type “taurus” in the search box) where a 20-ounce bottle of Taurus SC Termiticide with 9.1% Fipronil is $44 with free shipping at this writing.
Like you, I am not a salesperson for Taurus SC. But the folks at DoMyOwn.com are, and I hope they get a big surprise when many orders come rolling in. Thanks so much, Doug.
Dear Mary: When I saw a recent news report showing an “ethical” hacker breaking a seven-digit password in 37 seconds, I decided it was time to update all my passwords.
What better reminder to keep spending in check than to use your password as a personal goal reminder? For example: debtkilldreams or theborrowerisslavethelender. Or how about keepspendingincheck. Add in your personal choice of numbers or special characters, and you have a built-in reminder system every time you log into your account. The longer your password, the safer it is, too. — Kimberly
Dear Kimberly: Brilliant, simply brilliant. I love this so much. I’m going to change some passwords right now.