Don't get me wrong James, If used with protective clothing Chlordane can be used safely. I wasn't trying to wrinkle any feathers here, just wanted those that are still using the stuff to be careful. My father passed away in 1991 after battling leukemia for 11 years. He worked with chlordane at a local feed store where he grew up. He didn't drink it either, just handled 50# sacks on a daily basis. My father getting leukemia could have also been a coincidence too, as there is no way to tell how he got it. Apparently the stuff can get into your body through your skin. I have actually used Ortho-Klor for carpenter ants, and have found that it works great. One time application, no more ants for over 3 years now. The key to using Ortho-Klor is to saturate the soil around the are you want to keep the ants away from. Ortho-Klor stays active in soil for up to 10 years. And if you still have chlordane I believe you can legally use it until it's gone. They just can't manufacture or import anymore in the U.S. I will agree with you James that the EPA has taken away a lot of the things that work great.Originally posted by James 3528
Originally posted by jdenyer
Easy on the Chlordane guys. This stuff hangs around for decades after being used, no need to reapply it. This is one of the reasons Chlordane was so popular. This stuff is proven to cause blood cancers ie leukemia in people, one of the main reasons it was pulled from the market. The replacement is Ortho-Klor made by Ortho, and contains the active ingredient Bifenthrin. Ortho-Klor works just as well as Clordane for ants and termites. And no I'm not a "green". If you do use Chlordane make sure you wear protective gear. This is some really nasty stuff.
Hard time convincing me it works as good as chlordane and I wasn't drinking it so cancer was not a concern.
The EPA has killed other good stuff. Like R22