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Q.I Started Preparing A 300 Sq Ft Lot Of Land For A Vegetable Garden. I Accidentally Applied Eight Insect Control (Bifenthrin) In An

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excessive amount. I used an amount suitable for 10,000 square ft. Is it safe to plant vegetables or is the soil contaminated now? I’m worried that I contaminated the soil. We haven’t planed anything yet. Should I dig out the soil and start over? Thank you, Ari

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Answered on April 14, 2020

Although this chemical is not restricted to the public, my opinion is that it should be controlled pretty tightly.

This chemical carries a substantial risk to marine life and waterways, if instructions aren't followed very carefully.

Unfortunately, this one may be something that your local extension service needs to handle, as this is not a situation to be taken lightly in such concentrations.

This link will help you to find the closest extension service to you:


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