General Pest Treatments - Spray like a Professional!

When you buy a pest control product do you ever consider the “applicator” or sprayer? Most people focus on the brand, what’s in the product and the size of the container. However, the spray technology attached to the product should be an important part of the purchase decision as well, in fact the sprayer attached to the bottle can be one of the biggest sources of consumer disappointment when using products. For example, if you are looking at spraying the whole house and you choose the wrong sprayer, it may end up taking longer than expected, fingers and arms can get tired, product may end up on your hands or body and most importantly (but harder to detect) – product may not be evenly applied, giving you poor results. 

So what are the spray technology options and what should you choose? Let’s look at the Pros and Cons of the different spray systems on the market.

 PestXpert Pro-Spray Crawling has a 360º valve for upside down spraying

PestXpert Pro-Spray Crawling has a 360º valve for upside down spraying

Aerosols:

Pros:

Easy to use – just shake and spray

Some products have an extendable nozzle to spray into cracks and crevices

If the product also has a 360º valve (most don’t), this means it can be sprayed upside down, which can be useful for spraying under cupboards and appliances.

Cons:

Only really useful for spot treatments as your finger gets tired pressing the button

Fingers are close to the spray, so there is the risk of accidental contact

When spraying outside there is the risk of spray being blown onto your face and clothes.

Trigger packs

Trigger packs generally come in two types; a bottle with the trigger attached directly to the top of the bottle or a larger container with the trigger connected to the container with a length of hose.

Pros:

Easy to use – just shake and spray

Generally the cheapest packaging option for larger containers.

Normally have a basic adjustable nozzle; off, spray, jet

Cons:

Only really useful for spot treatments, as if you try and do a whole house with a trigger, you will end up with arm cramps within minutes (unless you’re Popeye!).

As there is no pressure in the container, the spray that is generated comes out as a pulse and the droplets are of variable size. This means you will get uneven application and drips / increased mess.

Battery operated sprayers

Pros:

Easy to apply (no tired fingers from triggers, no need to pump)

Continuous adjustable nozzle: spray through to jet

Have longer spray wands than trigger packs or aerosols, so you can get the product where you want and minimise the chances of getting spray on yourself

Re-useable

Cons:

Tend to be the most expensive sprayers (by a long way)

Spray coverage often poor

 PestXpert Pro-Spray Outdoor is the only ready to use pump pack on the pest control market and has a 1m spray wand for accurate a safe spraying.

PestXpert Pro-Spray Outdoor is the only ready to use pump pack on the pest control market and has a 1m spray wand for accurate a safe spraying.

Need to remember to charge the night before spraying

Pump packs

Pros:

Relatively easy to apply. 

Have longer spray wands than trigger packs or aerosols, so you can get the product where you want and minimise the chances of getting spray on yourself

Continuous adjustable nozzle: spray through to jet

Re-useable

Cons:

Although you will not get tired fingers using a pump pack, you do need to stop periodically to pump and pressurize

Discussion:

So which is the best spray technology? In terms of making a recommendation it really depends on what you need the product for. Assuming you are looking for products that can be used as a surface spray for long lasting performance, for most homeowners the best recommendation would be to have an aerosol (with extendable nozzle) for indoor treatments (especially for smaller areas) and a pump pack for outdoor treatments and larger areas indoors. Try and get a pump sprayer with a long spray wand or one with a variety of spray wands.

Still not sure whether a trigger pack or pump pack is best bet for spraying the exterior of the home? It may cost a bit more than a trigger pack but a good pump spray has a 3 key advantages

  1. Quicker and easier to apply – saving you time
  2. Application is more accurate – better performance and improved safety
  3. The pack is re-useable – saving money

So take a closer look at the container and sprayer when you make your next purchase and see the results with better application and improved performance.


PestXpert products with professional quality spray systems

Pump Pack with one metre spray wand                                    

 

 PestXpert Pro-Spray Outdoors

PestXpert Pro-Spray Outdoors

Aerosol with 360degree valve and extendable nozzle

 PestXpert Pro-Spray Crawling

PestXpert Pro-Spray Crawling

Pump pack with interchangeable nozzles; straight wand and flexible wand

 PestXpert Pro-Spray Indoor and Outdoor

PestXpert Pro-Spray Indoor and Outdoor