Pump Sprayers are the most common, and generally the most effective piece of pest control equipment for applying chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides. High quality sprayer brands come with adjustable nozzles and wands to give the operator great control over the application of chemicals. Using a quality sprayer makes chemical application easier, safer, and effective. Sprayers also save you money by reducing over-spray and overall chemical use, especially when the sprayer utilizes a high quality shut-off handle.
Caution: Some people are tempted to mix insecticide concentrates in a cheap spray bottle, but that can be both dangerous and ineffective, especially when treating larger areas. Your goals during pest control treatment should be to keep the spray away from your body, and hitting only the target area with spray. This is safer for you and the environment.
Brands: We prefer B&G sprayers because they are professionally tested, lightweight, and have the highest customer satisfaction. Chapin sprayers are also a good alternative to B&G.
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How to use adjustable nozzles when spraying chemicals
Adjustable nozzles let you change the pesticide spray pattern to accommodate the treatment area and the type of chemical in use. In some cases, a direct stream of chemical is most effective if the target is small. For example, a direct stream works well if you are targeting a specific weed surrounded by desirable plants. You want the herbicide to only come into contact with the undesirable plant to avoid damaging the desirable plants. A broad spray pattern on the other hand is effective for applying insecticide to the exterior walls of a home where you typically want to cover a large area quickly. Proper spray control is the most environmentally safe way to treat against pests
How sprayer wands make pest control safer
Sprayer wands are an important piece of equipment because they keep the chemical farther away from your body while spraying and allow you to reach areas beyond your arm's length. A home's foundation or weeds surrounding the outer perimeter of a flower bed are examples of a places that a sprayer wand can help you reach.
Safety Tip: When possible, avoid spraying chemicals overhead. While sprayer wands allow you to reach higher areas, often times the chemical will fall back on you in the process. Always wear safety goggles, a respirator, gloves, and long sleeve clothing when spraying in areas where chemical exposure is possible. Avoid skin and eye contact with all types of herbicides and insecticides.