Spinosad spray and poultry

Asked March 20, 2015, 2:46 PM EDT

In response to a question I asked here last year, 2 spring spinosad sprayings were recommended to control plum curculio which was damaging my apple fruits. Some of my apple trees are in an area where free range egg-laying ducks graze. Is it safe for the ducks to use the spray in these areas if they are penned until the spray dries? They likely will ingest some of the over-spray as they root around in the mulch and grass beneath and around the trees. I note spinosad is approved for veterinary use in poultry: http://www.mapress.com/zoosymposia/content/2011/v6/f/v006p282-287.pdf

Harford County Maryland

1 Response

We recommend that you contact the National Pesticide Information Center regarding the use of spinosad and poultry http://npic.orst.edu/