fogging machine for warehouse fumigation

What model is an adequate fogging machine for warehouse fumigation?

Most all of the foggers we have listed can be used in a warehouse environment. However, there are some guidelines you should follow when deciding which to get.

First and foremost, are you looking for a misting machine or a true "ULV"? In general, the best way to tell which to get will be by looking at the label of the product you'd like to apply. Most all labels will list if a "space sprayer" or "mister" is okay to use versus a true "ulv" requirement. In general, it's more common to apply ULV when dealing with flying insects in large open areas. The ULV, such as the FM7401, will produce smaller sized particles of fog which in turn will remain in the air longer. In general this will enable a ULV  to obtain better results for most flying insect pests.

Crawling pests can usually be controlled with any kind of space spraying mister or ULV machine so for them, it really won't matter much which unit you get. All units we have listed will do the job; you mostly have to decide which size will be best for the area involved.

The second big factor will be the size of the area you're wanting to fog. Small areas, what we consider to be less than 10,000 sq/ft, can be fogged with our MINI FOGGER. If you find this is "too slow" of a unit, get the FM6309 OR FM6208. Either of these will be fine for spaces up to a full acre. And if the area you're wanting to fog is larger than an acre, it would be best if you provided more details so we can make a more informed recommendation. Please provide details like the main target pest, the products being stored in the warehouse, the cubic feet of the area involved, etc. All these will have an impact on just what unit would be best suited.

Here are direct links to the products listed above:

FM7401 ULV:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/fogging/electric-ulv/fogmaster-7401-ulv

Mini Fogger:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/fogging/electric-misters/fogmaster-5330-mini-fogger

FM6309:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/fogging/electric-misters/fogmaster-6309-fogger

FM6208:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/fogging/electric-misters/fogmaster-6208-fogger-110-volt

All Foggers:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/fogging

hose end sprayers

Please advise which hose sprayer to purchase in order for the spray to reach windows on the exterior second story of a house.

Thank you.

Two of my favorite HOSE END SPRAYERS I like to use for reaching up high would be our 6 GALLON HOSE END and our 20 GALLON HOSE END. I especially like these because I'm able to mix up both liquid and wettable powder concentrates in their chemical "tanks". Not only can I add any type of product but I can add different products at the same time and make a sort of "cocktail" mix. Having a sprayer that can combine all these components simultaneously saves me time and effort when I have more than one product to apply.

Oh, and don't rule out our TROMBONE SPRAYER. It's not a hose end design but many people like it for a wide range of application needs and since it too can spray so high, it's a good choice for reaching the second level of most any house.

Here are direct links to the products listed above:

Hose End Sprayers:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/sprayers/hose-end-sprayers

6 Gallon Hose End:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/sprayers/hose-end-sprayers/gilmour-six-gallon-hose-end-385

20 Gallon Hose End: http://www.gotosprayer.com/sprayers/hose-end-sprayers/gilmour-20-gallon-hose-end-390

Trombone Sprayer:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/sprayers/pump-sprayers/trombone-pump

porta pak sprayer

Previous experience with sprayers of this type is that either the nozzle or spraying tip clog after minimum usage. Why would your sprayer be any different?

The quick answer to your question is that our sprayer is no different. But that would be an incomplete answer. Let me explain.

I have been using all kinds of sprayers for over 30 years. Many of these were pump sprayers but some were hose end (hook up to garden hoses), others gas powered and still others electric. The one thing they all have in common is that their tips (nozzles) can get clogged. In virtually all cases I was to blame. Let me explain.

Initially I had a bad habit of setting the pump unit of the sprayer down on the ground where it could pick up all kinds of dirt and debris. Suffice to say this led to problems. But it was easy to figure out and I quickly learned to protect the pump so it never touched anything dirty and if it did, I was sure to wash it off prior to placing it back into the holding tank of the sprayer.

I then found out the hard way that if I didn't use all the chemical tank mix I made but instead stored it for just 1-2 days, there was likely to be some kind of crystallization or clumping inside the tank that would lead to clogged tips. The resolution to this problem was to make sure I never left anything in the tank when I was done spraying. Easy enough I thought…

Well, not so fast. Leaving just a little product in the bottom of the tank can be bad. Remember, all that's needed to clog a tip is just a tiny bit. The 1/2-1 oz at the bottom of most any tank even after it's poured "dry" is all it takes. So I then learned to rinse out the tank 2-3 times at the end of each work day making sure nothing but water was left on the bottom.

Guess what. It turns out you also have to drain the hose from the valve to the tank even after you empty the tank because failure to do this will allow the spray solution in the hose to coagulate and clog the tip! Again, I found this out the hard way…

At this point I figured I had it under control but still my spray tip would clog! In the late 80's wettable powders began to be commonly used and I loved them. Though this formulation did great in the field and had many benefits, it definitely led to clogged tips. Again, my decision to use them and therefore indirectly my fault for the sprayer nozzle clogs. But once I learned about this "inherent" problem, I made a point of cleaning the nozzle after each use if I was mixing a wettable powder that day. Still I had problems…

Turns out "over the counter" and "ready-to-use" sprays can contain all kinds of contaminates and ingredients that can be a real problem for some sprayers. They also tend to "react" funny to anything other than their own formulation. Adding a little water left over in the tank can be a problem. Fortunately this was an easy fix; I was in the pest control industry and used mostly concentrates that needed water and nothing else to create a spray mix so I simply avoided the ready to use solutions.

Lastly, I found out the hard way that spraying herbicides, mold killers, fungicides and pretty much anything other than the refined pesticide products designed for use inside homes would all lead to my sprayer getting clogged quickly. Apparently these "other" products don't have to make their solutions nearly as refined and in the end, the spray solution made with them will definitely clog most any sprayer a lot faster than a good insecticide. To prevent them from bothering my good sprayer, I started using separate sprayers for all the different types of products I wanted to spray.

I now keep one good sprayer for just "clean" pesticides. These would be products I use in or on the home. I also keep a separate sprayer for lawn products, another one for "total kill" lawn products and a fourth one for cleaners like bleach and detergents. At this point I know I keep the pesticide sprayer the cleanest but it's for the home and therefore is spraying the most refined products. For this reason it's imperative I keep it clean. The herbicide sprayers can get a little clogged and it's hard to notice. The "detergent" sprayers tend to keep clean as long as I rinse them out good after use. But if I leave anything in them for more than a few days, many times the sprayer gets so muffed up it's not worth saving due to all the internal meltdowns that can distort the inner gaskets and seals.

So to answer your question again; no, our PORTA PAK SPRAYER is no different from any other sprayer. It's most definitely subject to nozzle and tip clogs just like all the others on the market. But if you take some advise from someone that's spent a lot of time both spraying and cleaning sprayers, this "nozzle clogging" issue is most definitely something you can avoid using some of the tactics and setups I described above.

Here are direct links to the information and some of the sprayers listed above:

Pump Sprayers:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/sprayers/pump-sprayers

Hose End Sprayers:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/sprayers/hose-end-sprayers

Gas Powered Sprayers:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/sprayers/gas-powered

Battery Powered Sprayers:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/sprayers/battery-powered-sprayers

Electric Sprayers:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/sprayers/electric-sprayers

Porta Pak Sprayer:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/sprayers/battery-powered-sprayers/one-gallon-porta-pak-sprayer

back pack mister for boracare

Dear Sirs,
I have a Backpack Mist Sprayer and would like to use this to apply Boracare. Would this sprayer work?

It might but there could be consequences. First, you don't mention the brand of the Back Pack Mister you own. We carry a SOLO BACK PACK FOGGER and it would not be recommended to pump the Boracare formulation through this model. There are just too many expensive parts and too much of a risk that the Boracare formulation will get coagulated which in turn would foul up the sprayer. In the end, the fix would be costly and just not worth the risk/benefit.

My suggestion is to avoid the risk altogether and either opt for one of our less costly FOGGERS we offer or go for our rental and use that one instead of your sprayer. This way there won't be any chance of problems and costly repair as well as the loss of your machine. We also offer a RENTAL FOGGER that's a great deal you get to keep for up to two weeks and would do the BORACARE application just fine.

Here are direct links to the products mentioned above:

Back Pack Fogger:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/fogging/gas-misterfogger/solo-back-pack-fogger

Mini Fogger:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/fogging/electric-misters/fogmaster-5330-mini-fogger

Fogger Rental:  http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page49.html

Boracare:  http://www.bugspray.com/item/bora_care.html

jonathan

www.bugspray.com

spreader setting for grubz out

Hi do you know what the ez broadcast spreader setting might be for your grubz out?

We get this question quite a bit and unfortunately the "right" answer tends to either get people confused or make them irritated. Let me explain…

When applying granules over turf, the correct application will distribute a certain "pre-determined amount of product" over a "pre-determined area of turf". To get these two pre-determined values, you first need to know the "total" area you'd like to treat. For this example, we'll say 4150 sq/ft. I chose this number because it's right at 1/2 of what a 10 lb bag of MERIT GRUBZ OUT will treat. This means it would take about 5 lbs to treat this 4150 ft total we're using in our example. So now we know the total amount of product needed and the total amount of turf this product will cover. Next we need to accurately measure out 5 lbs of granules and 4150 sq/ft of yard before we begin the actual application. For the granules, this is easy to do. Since it comes packaged in a 10 lb bag, 5 lbs would be about 1/2 of the bag. Now you need to figure out how large the various "sections" are in your yard so you'll be able to monitor the application and know you're applying the right amount to the right amount of yard. For this measurement, it's best to try and measure length times width since this is easier to add up compared to circles. In most cases this can be done by dividing the yard into squares or rectangles. For example, a section that's 41 ft wide by 1000 ft long would span 4100 sq/ft (and close to the amount 5 lbs of granules will treat). Once you've got your "yard sections" identified and "marked", you may move on to the next step…

Which brings us back to your original question: "what the EZ BROADCAST setting might be for grubz out"? Well obviously it's the setting that will get the 5 lbs of granules equally distrbibuted over the 4150 sq/ft we need to treat! Now do you see how this answer might make some people either confused or irritated? Yet it's really quite accurate in that there is no magical number or setting that will get the job done correctly for every person that might attempt to do such a treatment. Clearly people walk at many different rates and they all twist the spreader handle at different speeds so how in the world does anyone get it right? Well, for starters it's not an exact science…

In reality there is no "right" or "wrong" setting. As long as you get it real close to being "equally distributed" over the targeted turf, chances are high your effort will be spot on and effective. With that being said, I always recommend people experiment with low settings at first. This way if they're applying it too slowly they can always increase the rate. But if you start with too high of a setting, you're not able to adjust once you realize your mistake. This is because you'll probably have had applied most of the granules by the time you realize your mistake. So avoid this from happening and start with a low to medium setting.

Additionally, it's best to start with a small section of turf you know size wise along with how much product will be needed to treat it. And I know, we've already decided these values would be 5 lbs and 4150 sq/ft. But what I mean here, being that this is the first time you'd be using this equipment and this product, is that it would be wise to make these amounts even smaller. Since we know 5 lbs will treat 4150 sq/ft it also means 2.5 lbs would treat about 2075 sq/ft and 1.25 lbs would cover around 1038 sq/ft. This 1038 is a good small number and one I would recommend you start with for your first application. That means you'll need just 1.25 lbs of granules.

Now position yourself in clear view of the 1038 sq/ft along with the 1.25 lbs of granules and get ready to work. Start by walking briskly and attempt to get the 1.25 lbs distributed over the 1038 sq/ft watching carefully as you proceed. In most cases you should get a "feel" for what's happening and then adjust either your speed of pace or the spreader setting to keep the goal obtainable. Since I know my yard so well, I can tell when a setting is too large or small within 15-30 seconds and I'll adjust it once I can tell. Ideally I like the spreader setting to enable me to walk at my normal pace. This way you can tend to the task in a comfortable manner. True, some people don't mind walking briskly so for them, a higher setting is most likely needed. But then someone who is moving slow could do just as well with a lower setting. The point here is you can be flexible with the setting as long as you get the right amount of product out over the right amount of turf!

So when you're walking, be sure to keep a steady crank pace along with a steady walking speed. Note when you've got about 1/2 of the granules applied and stop to check to see that you've covered about 1/2 of the 1038 sq/ft you were targeting. This might seem tedious and a pain but it's the best way to start when using a new spreader or product. The good news is once you get the right "rate" (walking and turning of the crank), it's something you'll remember and should be able to duplicate over and over. In the end you'll be able to fill the spreader without having to measure what you've poured out and get right to work without all these extra measurements. This will happen because you'll know the setting based on your normal rate/speed and your previous "applications". For me, I always just start slow and increase it as I see fit since going back over a treated area to apply more is always an option. However, as stated before, once it's out there you can't pick it back up (at least not easily!!)

Sorry for the long winded answer but I've been meaning to better explain this process so we can use this answer for future inquries. Give it a shot; I'm sure you'll figure out the right setting for your rate of walking with the spreader combined with the speed at which you like to turn the crank. And if you need any more help or guidance, give us a call on our toll free 1-800-877-7290.

Jonathan
www.bugspray.com

sprayer that can spray 20 to 25 feet high

Hello. Which sprayer on your site should I get to spray cypermethrin up about 20-25 feet from the ground? Do they all come with the pinstream tip?

Can you let me know which item numbers would work for me?

There are two or three sprayers that can help here. The most popular one is the TROMBONE SPRAYER. It's excellent for use outside and when you need to reach trees or house siding 25 feet up or higher. View the video on the Trombone page to see just how well this unit works.

Some people opt to use a HOSE END SPRAYER. When hooked to a garden hose with significant water pressure, the 6 GALLON or 20 GALLON can reach 20 feet or higher.

Lastly, the SOLO HD fitted with a VALVE CAP can be pressurized above the normal 45 lbs to enable it to reach higher. Just be forewarned that these tanks are only tested to hold up to 100 lbs so don't over inflate them or they'll break for sure. I have used them pumped up to 60-70 lbs and they can spray 20-25 feet. This has come in a handy a few times but isn't something I'd recommend doing all the time. For a pure pinstream, this would be your best option. The Hose End options as well as the Trombone will both put out a lot more product and it won't be nearly as tight as the Solo Pump Sprayer.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Trombone Sprayer:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/sprayers/pump-sprayers/trombone-pump

6 Gallon Hose End:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/sprayers/hose-end-sprayers/gilmour-six-gallon-hose-end-385

20 Gallon Hose End:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/sprayers/hose-end-sprayers/gilmour-20-gallon-hose-end-390

Solo HD:  http://www.gotosprayer.com/sprayers/pump-sprayers/one-gallon-solo-hd

N7Z sprayer options

does your N7Z come w/ a sprayer or how is it applied?

thanx!

t.c.

N7C can be applied many ways. It's non hazardous to people, pets and the environment so there is no danger when coming in direct contact with the concentrate. Even so, we always recommend using some RUBBER or SURGICAL GLOVES anytime you're working with one of our products. If wearing gloves, you'd be able to apply the N7Z with a sponge or rag directly to the area you need to deodorize. Just mix it up in a bucket and apply it by hand if you have direct access to the area needing treatment.

If the area is large or inaccessible, consider either a PUMP SPRAYER or a good mister/fogger option like the BG2300 or the FOGMASTER 6309. If you don't want to purchase the fogger, we have some for rental. Just give us a call on our toll free 1-800-877-7290 for further details.

Fogging or misting the N7Z is best suited when treating attics and spaces above living areas. This way it's not likely any material will leak down through the ceiling which can happen when using a pump sprayer and some "puddling" occurs when spraying. Using a Pump Sprayer is well suited for lower level applications like crawl spaces and basements where the spray is likely to be absorbed and the problems associated with puddling won't mean anything.

Lastly, if the odor is in a wall void, the FOAMING TOOL may be your best option and well worth the investment.

solo 2 gallon sprayer wand

i broke my wand and wonder if a replacement is available. it broke right where it attaches to the hand control. thank you.
j.

We've got several wands that can work on your Solo Sprayer.

24" Plastic Extension

23-40" Brass Extension

24" Plastic Boom

60" Brass Extension

Give us a call on our toll free 1.800.877.7290 and we'll answer any questions and get you set up with the right one.

best sprayer for stink bugs

Jonathan – I am looking to order Baygon, Cypermethrin (4 oz of concentrate) and spreader sticker (8 oz) to treat for stinkbugs in the back exterior of my home and the interior entrance points. Which sprayer (item #) which would make the most sense to purchase to use the Cyper and the spreader sticker? Thanks, K.

The best sprayer for your need is really based on two things. First, how high you want to reach and second, how good of quality you'd like to have in a sprayer.

If your main need is to spray high on the exterior of your home, consider the TROMBONE or one of HOSE END SPRAYERS. These are specialized sprayers which can reach quite high but they are not so practical for regular monthly treatments where you may only be spraying 1-2 gallons of finished product. The Trombone is ideal for big jobs where a lot of product needs to be distributed over large areas. Hose end sprayers are similar but less efficient using more chemical and tend to waste more as well. Better suited for lawns, Hose End Sprayers should only be considered if you just need it to do the job and cost is a factor.

If you'd like a more "rounded" sprayer that will be better suited for a wide range of pest control treatments, the ELMINATOR is Ok and adequate for reaching 10 feet or a little higher. But keep in mind it's a true "entry" level type sprayer and isn't expected to last that long or provide the best of spraying experiences. A more refined, higher quality sprayer would be either the SOLO 1 GAL HD or the SOLO 2 GAL HD. These are very durable, strong and designed to last many years. The ROLL ABOUT 2 GALLON is the same sprayer but mounted on wheels.

Any of these and several more found at www.gotosprayer.com are more than adequate for the job you need done. Go to the site and if after further review you're still confused, give us a call and we'll be glad to assist. Our toll free is 1.800.877.7290.

240 volt foggers

HI,

Checking for a suitable mister to spray a 50 ft. trailer after unloading dirty linen.

If you can please advise or provide a quote would be great.  Is there a Canadian supplier for your products?  We have been using a B & G model 2400 but it doesn't not have much life left.

I'm not sure about any local suppliers but I do know we carry a few options that would handle this job quite well. If you browse to our FOGGERS page, you'll see the links for the models we carry in 240 volts. This list includes the FM 6309, the FM 6208, the FM 7807 and even the FM 5330 Mini Fogger.

Unfortunately these all vary so much in weight and packaging it would be a lot of work to get quotes considering all the options. If you can review the list I've posted and let me know which you think will work best, it would help narrow the field. We could then e-mail some quotes. Alternatively, we can call you at a good time or you can give us a call on either our toll free 1.800.877.7290 or 770.985.9392. At that time our reps will be able to work through the screens and get a shipping quote a lot faster. I do know we ship to Canada quite a bit via all the major carriers so getting one from us is entirely possible.

corks for sealing holes

I have 2 questions:

1.  I live in Sandy Springs.  Could I pick up my order at your Lilburn location instead of having it delivered by mail?
2.  You recommend 1/2 corks to plug up Carpenter Bee galleries.  Is there a significant benefit to using corks over wood putty?

Thank you.

First, you can come by our store during regular business hours and pick up your order. Store hours and our location can be seen here:

http://www.gotosprayer.com/about-us/corporate-location

Second, there is some benefit of using corks over putty. The main reasons are posted in here:

http://www.carpenterbees.com/seal/sealing-carpenter-bee-holes-with-caulking.html

breathable bee suit

Hello –
What is the fabric content on your bee suit?  Is it breathable?
thanks

Our beesuits use a mix of cotton and polyester called VISA. This extremely durable material will last for many years. It also does a great job of keeping you cool by wicking away moisture from the inside out.

long reaching hose end sprayer

My stucco front porch alcove is 12 feet high and is filled with mud daubers.  Do you have a hose type sprayer that will reach that high from the ground.  For safety sake I don't wish to spray from a ladder.

We have several options that should help. First, all our HOSE END SPRAYERS can spray 20 feet or more as long as you have sufficient water pressure. At my house, I'm able to spray almost 30 feet up with 3-4 of the models featured on the page above.

Additionally, we have several PUMP SPRAYERS that can spray 15-20 feet up so you have some options with this design as well.

Lastly, the TROMBONE SPRAYER is another good option and is very handy if you have trees and other vegetation that needs to be treated from time to time.

25 gallon electric sprayer

Hi

I am emailing to inquire about Item # 287414. The 25 gal electric sprayer: can additional hoses be purchased and attached? The sprayer comes with 15' hose and we need it to be double or triple that length. Thanks.

We have added up to 50 feet of hose onto this unit in the past and it's worked quite well so adding enough to have 30 or 45 feet will be fine. However, currently we don't have any of the extra hose in stock so you'll have to wait till next week for us to give you an exact quote. I think what we've done in the past is to change out the 15 feet to be either 25 or 50 and we would essentially be replacing the existing hose prior to shipment. The 15 foot section would still be part of the purchase and sent along; the 25 or 50 foot amount would be set up at our shop and purchased as a separate item but we do the configuring for you. When the sprayer arrives, it will be ready to go with the new hose installed.