Choosing The Right Insecticide Sprayer

Choosing the right insecticide sprayer to apply your insecticide or pesticide can make all the difference in the world. Do a little research and you will soon find out that there is more than just one type of insecticide sprayer available for you to use. Different sprayers are used for different applications, and where you are applying the insecticide will determine the type of sprayer needed. Some sprayers are best fit for small jobs around the inside or outside of your home. Other sprayers are geared more toward commercial use, for agricultural areas and larger buildings.

You can start your search on the internet, or step foot into one of your local hardware stores. There, you will find a vast array to choose from. Some insecticide sprayers are made of a specific plastic and others are made of stainless steel. Most come with the canister and sprayer already assembled. The sprayers normally have two settings on them, flat spray and stream. Some come with multiple spray options including a misting option. Most sprayers come with a manufacturer warranty as well. They may warranty the whole item or just some of the parts, so it is important to read the warranty information.

Probably the most commonly used insecticide sprayer is one that you would use around your home. Most are available as a pump sprayer that comes in gallon sized canisters. You can purchase one as small as a 2 gallon and up, depending on how much area you have to cover. Most have a built in funnel and measuring cup to assure accuracy when mixing your insecticide or pesticide. They also have a coverage area that averages around 25 feet. Another sprayer you may use around your home is a hand sprayer. This would be used on much smaller jobs. They are available in half gallon, up to a gallon size. The two spray options are more commonly a mist and a stream. A battery-powered sprayer may be a good option if you have back issues and can’t use a pump sprayer. They operate in basically the same way, there is just no pumping involved. The battery life is about fourteen uses per set of batteries.

If the job you are tackling is a bit bigger in size, then you can look at a hose end sprayer, pull cart sprayer, or a tow-behind sprayer. A hose sprayer attaches to the end of your hose and is used for spraying wettable powders. Depending on the water pressure out of the hose, the range that it covers can vary. Most hose end sprayers offer a cone, stream, or flat fan spray. A pull cart sprayer commonly comes with about a three-gallon sized tank, however, you can find a slightly larger one if needed. It is a canister that has a wheel on either side, which makes for easier mobility. Some pull cart sprayers offer a self-retracting hose as well. A tow-behind sprayer varies in gallon sizes, and would be useful if you needed to spray acreage. It’s great to use on lawns, large areas of vegetation, and crops. They can cover up to thirty feet and empty at about one to two gallons per minute. Most offer a spray option of stream or mist.

Some larger, more commercial insecticide sprayers are actually mounted on a truck. Some have extended hoses that you would see your exterminator use. Others have remotes that the truck driver can use to operate the sprayer from inside the cab. These would be used in large agricultural areas, small towns and larger cities. These can cover large areas and are most commonly used to tackle mosquitoes and certain flies. A do it yourself pest control company can supply you with all of the professional quality equipment and products that you will need to complete the job, no matter how large or small.