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How to Apply General Insecticide Spray

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How to Apply General Insecticide Spray

ďHey, Iím Michael from domyownpestcontrol.com and this is an instructional video on how to apply general use insecticides. I am assuming youíve already read the directions on the product label and know how much product to mix with a gallon of water, so now itís time to mix and apply the product. You want to make sure you are wearing chemical resistant gloves. We sell nitrile chemical resistant gloves in large and x-large, and we alway recommend wearing long sleeves and gloves whenever you are applying an insecticide. Once you have your personal protective equipment on, now youíre ready to mix the product. We have a one gallon hand pump sprayer right here, and the first step is to fill it up halfway with water. Most likely your product will be in a bottle with two caps and a straw or it might be in what we call a tip-N-pour bottle. So, if you have any questions on how to properly measure and pour product, watch our in depth measuring video available on our youtube channel and website. Pour the correct amount of product into your sprayer. Put the lid to your sprayer back on and turn till itís tight, then shake it up so the product concentrate mixing in with the water. Hereís a tip. Itís a lot easier for the product to mix properly in only half a gallon of water rather than filling it up the entire way, so after you have shaken it, take the lid off and fill the sprayer to the gallon mark. You want to leave some room at the top of the sprayer, so you donít want to fill it all the way up. Put the lid back on a pump it a few, and if itís full youíll only need to pump it a few times for the pressure to build up. Now we are ready to go. Most sprayers come with an adjustable nozzle. Turn it one way and it will shoot a pin stream which is good for inside cracks and crevices or long pipes that go into the house. If you turn it the other way it will do more of a fan spray. This is what you want to do around the house to treat the perimeter. So we are going to treat the perimeter and were going to start by the front door, spraying along the front stoop. You also want to spray across the window seals. Now the general rule of thumb when applying a general use insecticide is to spray two feet out and two feet up because you want to get a good protection barrier for the bugs to walk over. If you have air conditioning lines or pipes going into the house, you want to treat these very well. Also, you may need to turn your sprayer upside down to get up under any vents. A lot of bugs enter your home via the threshold of the garage. Spray along the threshold, you can also treat the inside perimeter of the garage. Work your way around the perimeter, as you would outside. There is other things you can do to keep bugs out of the house that donít involve spraying. For example, make sure the shrubs are cut away from the house. If bushes or plants are touching the house, ants and other bugs can crawl up the bush to the house passing that barrier that you just put down. Insects are also attracted to moisture areas, if you have a lot of ground cover right against the house youíll see that below there is a lot of moisture, so if you put down ground cover every spring, remove any old mulch or pine straw you might have so you donít have any organic build up. Once you do apply the insecticide , make sure any mulch is 6 inches away from the house so the ground can dry and you wonít have any wet mulch against the house. A lot of our products can be used indoors, but we do recommend only treating outside if you have a problem. 99% of pests come from outside. The most important thing it to create that outdoor barrier. All our products labeled to use indoors are safe and are safe for kids and pets as long as you follow the product label. A good rule of thumb is to have any kids and pets leave the area while you are treating. They are perfectly safe to return to the area treated after the product is dry. We are going to show you the key places to treat indoors, you donít need to be spraying all over the house and all over everything, you just need to hit key spots like cracks and crevices where bugs hide. So, first of all spray windows and doors along the cracks and crevices. Also treat under kitchen appliances like the dishwasher and your oven. You also want to treat in your laundry room underneath the washer and dryer, behind the washer and dryer as well. A bathroom attracts insects because of all the moisture, so be sure to spray on the baseboard, especially behind the toilet where the pipes go into the wall. Underneath the sink, you will want to spray around the pipes that go into the wall as well. That ends our general spray application tutorial. For more info or pest products, please visit domyownpestcontrol.com. Thank you.Ē