Drione Dust

Drione Dust is a standard of the professional pest management industry. It has a broad label, meaning that the uses are varied and the product is successful on a multitude of pests. Drione Dust is manufactured by Bayer Environmental Science.

The product is a whitish powder which is applied by a dusting bulb such as a Centrobulb or a Getz duster. A Centrobulb is a rubber bulb with a nozzle in the cap which is squeezed and the dust comes from the tip. A Getz duster is a rubberized bellow duster which is compressed to obtain a fine layer of dust. A plunger duster can also be used; however, these are not very common. Drione Dust can also be applied by a power duster, a larger unit for broadcast of dusts in large areas such as attics.

Drione Dust is a combination of pyrethrins, piperonyl butoxide, silica gel, and inert ingredients, which are ingredients used to formulate or to provide ease of use but have no function in the effectiveness of the product.

Pyrethrins are naturally occurring as they are derived from chrysanthemum flowers. By itself, the product controls well, but has no residual effect. Piperonyl butoxide is a synergist which allows the product to be more effective and provides some residual assistance. Silica gel is a desiccant which acts as a control agent by dehydrating the insect.

While most termites in North America are subterranean, some areas of the country are subject to drywood termites. These termites do not need excessive moisture and will infest and live in the wood that they feed on. Usually, treatment for drywood termites includes direct treatment to the galleries where the termites are living in the wood. Sometimes the wood is a structural member of a building and sometimes it is furniture.

Drione Dust can be applied directly to the galleries using dusters. Since the drywood termites are not typically spread in large areas, this localized treatment can be successful for control.