Kill the aphids; save the chickens.
April 17, 2012 2:44 PM Subscribe
If I use Bayer Advantage on the trees in my front yard (horrible terrible aphid problems), will it harm the neighbor's chickens who often come scratch in our front yard?
posted by epersonae to Home & Garden (9 answers total)
As long as we've been in our house, our front trees (some sort of poplar?) have had problems with aphids. For years I tried beneficial bugs, since with 40' trees I'm not exactly going to spray the aphids off with water. Last year I used imidacloprid...and no more aphids. I realize that it's a potentially problematic chemical*, but otherwise our front yard is essentially uninhabitable from late June until mid-October.
Over the last few months, chickens belonging to one of our neighbors have come around our front yard. They're hella cute, and I don't mind cleaning up occasional chicken poop. But we don't have a fence, so if I apply pesticide again, I don't have any way to keep them out. And it's getting to when I absolutely have to do something to keep the aphids away.
Will the imidacloprid harm the chickens, or cause any problems with the eggs for our neighbors? Or should I wait until we can put up a fence, which may be in the next few weeks?
PLEASE, no lectures about the bees. I put off even trying this for almost a decade, and endured summer after summer of "honeydew" so thick that our driveway was sticky. My only other option is to cut down these tall beautiful trees.