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Directions for Dursban

As of 2011, Dursban continues to be used for a variety of special pest control applications in agriculture, horticulture, and forestry -- especially in dealing with insects such as aphids, moths, and butterflies and several spieces of chinch bugs that feed on grass plants. In 2000, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned all household uses of Dursban in a response by the government to further increase the protection for families. Dursban contains an active ingredient called chlorpyrifos, which is known to cause nerve damage. Developing children should be kept away from any location that uses insecticides to prevent further health issues. Dursban products are prohibited for use by homeowners and only by certified applicators.

Pour water into the sprayer tank until it is half full. Turn on the agitator.

Add the appropriate amount of Dursban into the water and mix. Read product label for instructions on how much to use. Continue agitating.

Spray Dursban at the first sign of pest attack on vegetable crops. Make sure all foliage is thoroughly covered with insecticide. Repeat treatment 10 to 14 days after the first.

Soak soil in Dursban to get rid of termites, ants, and other soil pests. Pour 5l of Dursban for each termite nest you find. For nurseries and seed beds, spray Durban into soil before planting.

Spray 150ml Dursban around the base of the trunks of fruit trees. Cover with mulch right before the rainy season.

Treat ornamental plants, cotton, and coffee at the first sign of pest attack. Make sure all foliage is thoroughly covered with Dursban. Repeat treatments when necessary.

Wash spray tank thoroughly. Put unused Dursban in original container and seal tightly. Store container in a safe place.Throw away all other contaminated material at designated landfills. Punch holes into the containers and bury at least half a meter into the ground.


  1. Wear protective gear at all times.
  2. Make sure the sprayer tank is clean before using. Dursban can be highly reactive when it comes in contact with zineb, boron, other alkaline materials, and copper.
  3. Avoid getting Dursban into skin and eyes. Wash thoroughly after using.
  4. Dursban poisoning can be life-threatening. Symptoms of poisoning include headache, nausea, fainting, stomachaches, sweating, and blurred vision. If symptoms appear, stop working and immediately seek emergency help.
  5. Read and follow the instructional label carefully. Use Dursban only in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Doing otherwise is considered an offense under the Pest Control Products Act.