Cy Kick Vs Talstar Insecticide

The main difference between Cy Kick and Talstar insecticides is that Cy Kick contains the active ingredient cyfluthrin while Talstar contains bifenthrin. Cyfluthrin provides faster knockdown of insects, but bifenthrin has more extended residual control.


Cy Kick vs Talstar

Cy Kick

Talstar P

Active Ingredient Cyfluthrin 6%

Active Ingredient Bifenthrin 7.9%

Eliminate more than 55 common pest insects

Kills Over 75 Insects In The Household

Cy-Kick CS Insecticide offers up to 90 days of broad-spectrum killing power

Talstar Professional Has a residual effect lasting over three months after application.

Controlling Insects Indoors & Outdoors

Can be used in Indoors & Outdoors

Mix 1 To 2 Oz Cy-kick Cs Per Gallon Of Water

0.5 - 1 Oz. Per Gallon Of Water Per 1,000 Sq. Ft.

Cy-Kick CS employs SmartCap microencapsulation technology

Talstar One multi-insecticide is a water-based solution that is free of the alpha cyano group

For Best Results Apply With A Hand Pump Sprayer

It Is Labeled For Food-handling Areas Such As Kitchens Or Food Processing Plants.

Cy-Kick CS is also a low-odor solution that minimizes discomfort

Talstar P is a colorless and unscented pesticide

It kills Ants, Bed Bugs, Carpenter Ants, Cockroaches, Crickets, Earwigs, Fire Ants, Fleas, Flies, Mosquitoes, Scorpions, Silverfish, Spiders, Springtails, Termites, Ticks And Others

It kills Stink Bugs, Bed Bugs, Scorpions, Spiders, Mosquitoes, Cockroaches, Ticks, Fleas, Pillbugs, Chinch Bugs, Earwigs, Millipedes, Dichondra Flea Beetles, Spittlebugs and others

Active Ingredients

Cy Kick CS contains 6% cyfluthrin as its active ingredient. Cyfluthrin is a synthetic pyrethroid that works by disrupting the nervous system of insects, leading to paralysis and death. It is effective against a wide variety of common pests.

Talstar P has 7.9% bifenthrin as its active ingredient. Bifenthrin is another pyrethroid insecticide that causes insects to have tremors and muscle spasms, resulting in death. It provides control of over 75 insect pests.

How It Works

When insects come into contact with cyfluthrin in Cy Kick CS, it begins to disrupt their nervous system right away. This leads to knockdown and death of the insect within hours after contact.

Talstar P works slower than Cy Kick. Bifenthrin does not cause immediate knockdown but instead works gradually after insects make contact. It disrupts the nervous system, eventually leading to death.

Mixing Ratio

Cy Kick CS has a mixing ratio of 1.0 to 2.0 oz per gallon of water to cover 1,000 sq ft. This makes it easy to mix the right concentration for different treatment areas.

The mixing ratio for Talstar P is more variable, between 0.5 to 1 oz per gallon of water, depending on the severity of the infestation. The coverage is approximately 1,000 sq ft per gallon.

Pests Control

Cy Kick CS controls over 55 pests, including cockroaches, mosquitoes, flies, termites, fire ants, spiders, Asian lady beetles, carpenter bees, and more.

Talstar P is labeled to control over 75 different insect pests. These include bed bugs, ants, spiders, fleas, ticks, roaches, scorpions, and stink bugs. It handles a very wide spectrum.

Application Sites

Cy Kick CS can be used indoors and outdoors in a variety of sites: homes, restaurants, hotels, food processing plants, schools, warehouses, hospitals, and more. It can treat building foundations, lawns, and other turf areas.

Talstar P also controls insects both indoors and outdoors. It can be applied at commercial and residential sites like athletic fields, parks, restaurants, greenhouses, kennels, turf grass, ornamental plantings, and perimeter treatments.

Residual Activity

The residual activity of Cy Kick CS is up to 90 days, giving long-lasting control of pests. This residual effect allows it to keep working against insects after drying the spray.

Talstar P also provides long residual effects of up to 3 months for specific pests. The extended residual activity keeps controlling insects long after application.

Odor & Staining

Cy Kick CS is virtually odorless when applied correctly and will not leave visible stains or residues on surfaces. This makes it ideal for indoor use.

Similarly, Talstar P does not produce irritating odors and leaves no visible residues or stains after applying. It can be used indoors without leaving marks.


Cy Kick CS is available in 16 oz bottles up to 30-gallon drums for large-scale pest control needs. This range allows purchasing the right amount.

Talstar P comes in smaller quantities, like pints and quarts, for home use. It also comes in larger formats like 1-gallon containers and 3/4-gallon jugs for pest management professionals.

Pet Safe

Both Cy Kick CS and Talstar P are considered safe for pets when label directions are followed carefully, and the products are completely dry before allowing pets back in the treated area. However, it’s always best to keep pets away during application.

Special Effect

The SmartCap microencapsulation of cyfluthrin in Cy Kick CS helps provide longer residual control and makes the insecticide more mobile and easy for pests to pick up.

Talstar P’s water-based formulation and lack of alpha-cyano group make it suitable for versatile use indoors and outdoors without staining or irritation.


Cy Kick CS is designed for structural pest control uses like indoor and perimeter treatments. It should not be sprayed with an air blast applicator.

Talstar P can be applied to shrubs and other foliage, even in shady areas. The label directions guide to get the most effective and safe results from Talstar P applications.

Our Observation
Both Cy Kick CS and Talstar P have benefits but excel in different areas. For fast knockdown of indoor and outdoor insects, Cy Kick CS is the best choice. Its cyfluthrin ingredient provides quick results.

For long-lasting residual insect control outdoors and around perimeters, Talstar P with bifenthrin is preferable. It keeps working for months after application.

Overall, Cy Kick CS is the best option for versatility indoors and out where fast knockdown is desired. Talstar P suits extensive outdoor perimeter treatments where a long residual effect is ideal. We recommend Cy Kick CS for its well-rounded abilities.

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