B&Q Garden Chemical Reviews
B&Q Ant & Insect Killer Powder
In my home recently, I seem to have been having an issue with moths. It only just started and it seemed that they just kept appearing everywhere and of course it is not the nicest thing to be dealing with. So, I decided to head down to my local B&Q and see if they had any kind of remedies that would be able to get rid of this problem ... as I really didn't know how much longer I could live with it. The option they gave me was to use this powder which is for ants & insects but I was a bit apprehensive about it working on months but in sheer desperation, I took the bottle and left.
The bottle I have is not the same as the one on the product image as it is a tall white bottle with a child safety lock lid. It has a greenish blue label with the B&Q logo and then an image of an ant and some details on what it can be using for. It is very simple looking and comes in a 500g size and if you shine it to the light then you can see how much powder you have left and it is easy enough to hold. The top of it reminds me a lot like a talc bottle but this only has one hole not a few which makes it a bit annoying,
Wash hands after use and keep container closed, avoid contact with skin and do not empty into drains. Do not apply this to soils, crops, or other growing areas. It is described as being an insecticidal powder for the control of ants, woodlice, silverfish, cockroaches, earwigs, beetles and other crawling insects
ANT & INSECT KILLER
Now, to use this is very straightforward, once opening the lid just turn the cap easily and remove, you will then be faced with a top with one hole in it so after having given the bottle a shake with the lid on then you can start to sprinkle this onto the area affected. I had noticed that the moths seemed to be circling around a particular area of carpet which is why I decided to start sprinkling this powder on there. It is a white powder and has a light scent but it is easy to apply and then I left overnight.
I kept the powder covered with kitchen roll just to keep it covered as the smell can get strong after a while. The powder is best removed by hoovering which is what I kept doing but it does block your hoover with powder so just be careful about sprinkling too much. I kept doing the same routine of sprinkling and then leaving it overnight for about 4 days and slowly I did start to notice the moths dying off but also I have been killing them when seeing them as well.
I am not sure whether the powder killed them off or whether me killing them helped. However, all I do know by speaking to people is that whatever was in the carpet maybe eggs had been laid by them, I don't know and don't want to! I do think this powder has killed them off so that no more appear as it was baby moths I noticed but I haven't really seen any around in the last few days which is almost a miracle considering I was killing up to 8 a day before!
I think this powder is worth using to get rid of any insect issues you have. Who knows, maybe it is stronger than I am giving it credit for but a friend of mine said she used this when they had an ant issue and it seemed to work then. I will see how it goes for the next week as I have kept some powder lying on the carpet, so maybe that is keeping them all away. For the price it is and if you have a bad problem then I look at it that anything is worth giving a try.
Currently, this powder is being sold at B&Q for £2.18 for the 500g bottle which is a really good price I think. It does the job in minimising the problem atleast and also is good to last for atleast 10 or just a bit more uses. It is worth a try and you can buy it in all branches and they have a few other options if not this exact one.
If you go to http://www.diy.com this is the official website for B&Q.
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B&Q Slug Killer
In June we moved into a house with front and rear gardens. I especially loved the house and had ideas of growing some vegetables for us. But it appeared we were not only ones enjoying my plants... Slugs and snails were everywhere eating everything. All my enthusiasm about gardening disappeared. Anyway we visited B&Q and I bought ... B&Q Slug Killer Blue Mini Pellets to protect what was still left...
WHAT IS IT
B&Q Slug Killer Blue Mini Pellets - pesticide for slugs and snails control in home gardens.
These Mini Pellets come in a quite large white plastic container with a light green label around all container. In the front there's an image of a slug and at the bottom in khaki colored part there's product title and short description. Back of the label contains all safety information and instructions for use. The container has a safety cap!
Pellets are of bright blue colour and very small.
HOW TO USE
WHEN: best results if used on a warm, damp evening but not just before rain.
WHERE: for use only at a home garden! Can be used around all plants (edible or non-edible, planted outside or in pots) but pellets must be used carefully - not put or left on leaves!!!
HOW: pellets should be sprinkled evenly and thinly - not piled into heaps. Put 1.5g or around 65 pellets per square meter. Wash hands afterwards!
Product contains Metaldehyde so may kill if eaten. Must be kept away from children and pets! If swallowed, medical help needed immediately!!!
Pellets must be safely kept in tightly closed original container.
USING THE PELLETS
So, next day after I bought the B&Q Slug Killer Blue Mini Pellets, read instructions and stepped into my "lovely" garden for a rescue operation. I knew that for birds these pellets wouldn't be attractive and so dangerous because of bright colour. We also don't have any pets. And the most important thing - our girl was very small and didn't walk so there was no danger for her as she simply didn't get into that garden. Though if my daughter was bigger I wouldn't risk to use such a chemical.
I sprinkled pellets around all pots and all other areas that slugs and snails were attacking. Tried to do everything faster as possible... It wasn't a pleasant but easy job to do though... On the other hand it seemed funny that instructions advised to put around 65 pellets per square meter. Who would count them??? They are so small!
Next morning after feeding my little girl I went into the garden... AND WAS SHOCKED!!! The good way and the bad way at the same time...
There were so many slugs and snails around those pots and areas where I sprinkled the pellets. Some were dead, some were trying to get away, some were still eating pellets. That view made me sick...But non of my plants were touched. I kind of got what I wanted: saved my plants but couldn't eat anything that was grown as I immediately saw those dying snails and slugs... Horrible to remember...
Another disgusting thing was when in the afternoon the sun started to shine and flies appeared... I just couldn't make myself to go and collect these slugs... It was really horrible... Thanks to my boyfriend somehow managed to get rid of them. But I still remember that my friend used similar pellets in Sweden near strawberry plants. And she said that all slugs and snails used to get away to die. Actually that was the reason I bought B&Q Slug Killer Blue Mini Pellets. But somehow UK slugs died where they were eating...
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
I bought this pesticide from B&Q shop for £2.28. But B&Q Slug Killer Mini Pellets are widely available from a lot of online DIY retailers so the price may vary. Anyway £2.28 for 800g of these pellets is a really good price because the container is gonna last long time (mine will last ages as I can't think of gardening anymore). Well, unless You have a huge garden.
I am confused to recommend these B&Q Slug Killer Blue Mini Pellets or not. If you are strong enough - go on because they are really working. Otherwise - You'll be disgusted just as me.
Anyway, as the product effectively does what it has to do, I give it 4 stars out of 5. Minus 1 star for those horrible views...
Thanks for taking time to read my review! Hope You'll find it useful!
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B&Q Ant & Insect Killer Powder
So, the summer is nearly over and, no matter what sort of a summer it has been, one thing is for certain, the ants have been having a whale of a time, as usual. I always anticipate the summer with mixed feelings. I know that as soon as the warmth of the summer sun starts making itself felt, the ants will be crawling out from every nook ... and cranny.
Now, I'm reasonably relaxed about creepy crawlies. Generally I follow a rule of live and let live. I draw the line at anything which is wantonly destructive so my roses do get a regular spraying although I'm trying to replace those particularly susceptible to insect attack with those that are more naturally resistant. Where possible I try to use ladybird friendly preparations. They should be encouraged to eat the greenfly but there seem to be less and less ladybirds around these days. I'm going to put up one of those ladybird “homes” to help them.
Spiders are fine. My daughter has a morbid fear though so if one makes its presence known around the house it's me who has to catch it and put it outside! We even bought her one of those devices that are supposed to suck them up into a tube so that they can be ejected from the premises (doesn't work though!)
Woodlice are great. I don't know why everyone tries to kill them as they are doing a great job in the garden, breaking down plant debris and enabling it to be reused in the soil. They don't do any damage. DON'T KILL THEM!
My wife is the slug and snail hunter. She is merciful though. She throws them over the back fence onto the waste land by the public footpath. They don't come back; we know; we've marked their shells to see if they ever turn up again!
Ants, however, receive no mercy from me. Our garden seems to be particularly badly infested with them. We have a patio outside our lounge that is made up of crazy paving. The ants have managed to dig out the mortar joints all over and set up nests here there and everywhere. Left to their own devices they will cover the patio, heading in every direction foraging, including up onto our table, trying to highjack our food!
Eventually they will rise in winged hoards as they migrate to infest another part of the landscape. This really is the time I hate the most, when these black clouds make sitting outside a must to avoid. So, what to do about them.
Over the years I have tried many preparations. I've used the ant traps such as the ones sold under the Nippon brand, but our ants just seem to avoid them. I've tried the clear thick liquid that you drip onto the scenes of their crimes, in the hopes that they will be attracted to its sugary sweetness and so take it back to infect the nest. It never seems to work though.
In the end I always return to the “White Dust of Death”. OK, it's unsightly but at least it does seem to be the most effective remedy. It's sold under any number of brands, including Own Brand versions such as the one reviewed here, sold by B&Q. The ingredients appear to be the same and so the only real issue on which to choose is price, and here, Own Brands always win out, especially B&Q.
The main difference seems to be the effectiveness of the container in enabling a thin dusting of the powder to be delivered just where the ants emerge from their nest. Some seem quite good; others seem to clog, resulting in the explosive depositing of far more powder than is required. The B&Q brand seems OK.
Of course, a bad infestation does require liberal use of the powder. The effects are quite fast though. I notice that ant activity seems to stop completely only a couple of hours after application. I tend to leave the powder in place for a couple of days before brushing it away.
You do need to keep an eye open though as ants newly hatched from already laid eggs do not seem to be affected by any powder taken down into the nest. I guess this is because the powder bio-degrades over time to avoid the “DDT Effect”. If a new infestation appears then you will just have to repeat the process.
My worst problem though, is with ants in my lawn. The rate at which they spread to form new nests is alarming. It is not uncommon to find a dozen of their mounds of ejected soil forming unsightly patches of lawn bare of grass; they have eaten away all the roots. Whilst my problem on the patio is with black ants, in the lawn it is with both black and red ants.
I have tried all manner of preparations on the lawn but none seem to be consistently effective. On the Internet the recommendation is to dig open the lawn where the ants emerge, to expose the nest, and then to dust directly onto the colony below. I've tried that but it still doesn't seem to work. I'm guessing that the natural dampness of the soil causes the powder to bio-degrade before it's completely done its job.
Purely by chance, this year I found a solution to the problem of ants in the lawn and, best of all, it requires no chemical preparations. This is where we come to Plan B, the Ecky Thump strategy (apologies to Mike Harding).
Imagine if you will a bright sunny morning (yes, we did have a few this year) and yours truly emerging to survey his domain (the back garden) and feed the birds and fish, to be confronted yet again by a lawn covered in brown piles of soil. The fury boils within; I can't take much more of this.
I walk over to the nearest pile and with deliberation and focus I stamp on it as hard as I can. I then resort to jumping up and down on it and the immediate surrounding area. This is very therapeutic, though what my neighbours would think if they could see me doesn't bear thinking about. Perhaps they would think that I am practising a new style of Morris Dancing!
Having calmed a little I now adopt the same strategy on every pile. The lawn now no longer has any loose piles of soil but does now have a large number of flat brown patches where no grass is evident. Whether this is an improvement or not is a matter of conjecture.
Keeping an eye on the patches for the rest of the day and over the next few days, it is clear that I have dealt the colony a deadly though not entirely fatal blow. In many of the patches renewed activity is evident although much reduced. I simply adopt the same tactics as soon as they appear. It is also clear that some enterprising ants have tried to emerge elsewhere by burrowing under the soil, but the same approach soon puts a stops that.
I have discovered that after doing this three or maybe four times at the most, all activity ceases. What I guess has happened is that I have prevented the ants from getting out to forage and so the colony has starved to death. I am now left with bare patches in the lawn but, without the ants eating through the grass roots, the grass grows back over the patch within a month or two. Now, in Autumn as it now is, I can barely find where they used to be.
So, whilst I still believe that Ant Powder is the most effective solution where other tactics are simply not feasible, and will continue to use it myself, I strongly recommend Ecky Thump where the infestation is in a lawn. It works for me. It may also work for you. It's worth a try, even if your neighbours start giving you funny looks. If they do, share the secret with them. You never know, you may gain a whole new respect in the neighbourhood as a gardening expert. It might even encourage you to take up Morris Dancing or Martial Arts!
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B&Q Garden Chemical
Brand: B&Q / Garden Chemical / Type: Pest Control
Brand: B&Q / Garden Chemical / Type: Pest Control - Pellets
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