Q: What is Sevin?

A: GardenTech Sevin containing carbaryl is the most effective insecticide on the market. Consumers and professionals have trusted Sevin to control a wide variety of insects for 50 years. Sevin provides the consumer with the broadest spectrum of control, killing more insects in more places versus other leading brands.

Q: What types of Sevin are available?

A: Sevin is available in a dust, granular, concentrate, Ready-To-Use, and Ready-To-Spray formulations.

Q: What is the active ingredient in Sevin?

A: Carbaryl is the active ingredient in Sevin.

Q: How does Sevin control insects?

A: Sevin has a dual mode of action. It works on contact and through ingestion. Sevin is nonsystemic, which means it does not penetrate plant tissue. After controlling the targeted pest, Sevin is easily broken down in the environment.

Q: When is the best time to apply Sevin?

A: You can apply Sevin throughout the growing season with short preharvest intervals. ForSevin Granules more details, refer to the product label section.

Q: Will Sevin control all insects?

A: Sevin controls numerous insects, depending on the product form. To view a complete listing of insects controlled, please refer to the product labels.

Q: Can I apply on new sod/newly-seeded areas?

A: Yes, you can apply Sevin to new sod or newly seeded areas. Just keep in mind that you may wash away any seed that has not yet taken root if you have to water the product (granules and dust products only) after application or if you are applying a heavy liquid solution.

Q: I’ve used up my Sevin Ready-To-Spray. Can I use the Sevin concentrate as a refill?

A: The products are the same, but for safety reasons, it is sold in a nonrefillable container.

Q: Can Sevin Dust be mixed with water?

A: Sevin Dust formulation is not intended to be mixed with water. It should only be used dry.

Q: Can I use Sevin indoors?

A: Sevin is registered for outdoor usage and should not be applied indoors, on bedding, or in vehicles.

Q: Can I use Sevin on my household plants?

A: Sevin can be used on household plants, as long as you take the plants outside while spraying and bring them back in once they have dried.

Q: Will Sevin stain my siding/sidewalks/vehicles/carports/driveways/etc.?

A: Sevin should be used only on items such as plants, trees, soil, and lawns (granules and dust products only). Any man-made material should not be sprayed with Sevin.

Q: Can I spray my animal with Sevin?

A: Sevin should not be used on animals. Pet-friendly products are available at pet stores. More information can be found by contacting your veterinarian. The old 5% labels state usage on animals, which are no longer for sale. Sevin product labels may be viewed here.

Q : Once I’ve spread Sevin on my lawn, how long do I have to wait until my children and pets can go out and play in the yard?

A: Once you spread the chemical on the lawn, wait for the grass and the ground to dry before re-entering the yard.

Q: Do I have to follow the safety precautions listed on the product labels?

A: It is always a good idea to follow safety precautions listed with a product. These guidelines are there for the safety of you and those around you. Everyone has a different reaction to chemicals, and following precautions limits your chances of having a reaction.

Q: Can I mix Sevin with other chemicals such as fertilizers or fungicides?

A: It is never a good idea to mix two different chemicals together at one time. You can apply back-to-back treatments — just take into consideration that if you are applying two liquid products to a plant, the first application will be washed away. In this case, it would be best to treat the most important problem first, wait about a week, and apply the second chemical.

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A: When temperatures are below 55° or above 85°, do not use the chemical for risk of product failure and scorching of plants. Generally, do not spray in the heat of the day, when the highest risk of burning plants is present.

Q: How do I store Sevin?

A: When storing any Sevin formulation, follow these guidelines:

  • As with any chemical, you need to store Sevin out of the reach of children, preferably in a locked storage area.
  • Keep Sevin away from any heat sources, such as a heater or dryer, to prevent heating and melting of the container.
  • Store the products at room temperature at all times.
  • If the product does freeze or boil, do not use the product again. We cannot guarantee that the product will work because of the alteration of the chemical due to the extreme temperature changes.
  • Store Sevin in its original container or packaging.