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Guineas and Barn Flies (General Discussion)

by kim ⌂, Pontotoc, TX, Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 16:55 (151 days ago) @ kim

Permethrin is referred to as a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide because, while manmade, it resembles naturally-occurring chemicals with insecticidal properties, called pyrethroids.

Pyrethroids are found in chrysanthemums. I tried a chrysanthemum mist a few years back, caused the barns to smell flowery but also attracted bees. And it's not good for bees. So I quit using it. Pyrethroids are one of the oldest classes of organic insecticides known. Permethrin, like all synthetic pyrethroids, kills insects by strongly exciting their nervous systems. They quickly paralyze the nervous systems of insects, producing a quick "knockdown" effect on insect pest populations. Permethrin acts as a stomach poison when it is ingested by insects or as a contact poison through direct contact with target pests. It kills adults, eggs, and larvae, and has a slight repellent effect against insects.

Well my barn cats have never had any issues, I'm using a pretty low percentage anyway. My barns are misted every hour for 30 seconds. I have had no issues with horses, goats, dogs, cats or humans. I just did not have any experience with Guinea Fowl so I wondered if anyone else had. I'm pretty sure my birds will be just fine.

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