delta guard granule spreader setting

If using Scotts hand held spreader for the Deltaguard Granules, should the setting be on #3?

The setting for your spreader should be found on the label of the DELTA GUARD GRANULES. You can see a copy of it here:


The bottom line is the setting is not as important as getting the right amount applied to the area you want treated. Delta Guard calls for 2-3 lbs per 1,000 square feet of turf. To get this, you’ll need to have the spreader set at the level that allows you to accomplish this based on how fast you move when the granules are sprinkled. I always like to start with a low setting and then mark off the area I know I need to cover with any given amount. I attempt to accomplish this with the low setting and then adjust as needed. If I find my normal pace of walking causes me to only apply half of what I need, I’ll turn the setting up a notch or two to let out more as I walk. Eventually I figure it out and you can do the same if you can’t find a good setting to start with. I don’t know the available options on your spreader but I do know that 2-3 lb’s per 1000 square feet is a medium amount so I would start somewhere between what would be considered a low to medium setting. This may not let out enough but remember, if this happens you can always go back and get it right. Alternatively, if you have the setting too wide open and apply too much, you’ll end up getting it all where it doesn’t need to be and there is no way to pick up what you put out again so it will have been wasted. In other words, it’s better to start with less being applied and adjust up. Good luck!!

pest control sprayers

You have a very informative website and thanks for all the work.  I have a real pine beetle problem and it looks like I need to buy a bunch of the Cypermethin to combat it.  May I please ask for your recommendation on the sprayer I need?  I am spraying 30 and 40 feet up so I need something that can spray a long distance if possible.
Please let me know what you would recommend and I will order it from you on the website.  Also I have 100s of trees to spray so if you can help me with how much Cypermethin to buy I would appreciate it as well.
Thanks for your help and I look forward to your response.
Have a great day.

If you are spraying early enough in the season, you won’t need to get too high to have a positive impact. Pine Beetles forage up the trunks of trees when the season first starts so in theory, they should be controlled when crawling over treated surfaces of the trees which you hopefully will have done before they start this migration.

That being said, most any of our PUMP SPRAYERS should do the job. For extra distance, you can outfit our 1 GALLON SOLO HD PUMP SPRAYER or 2 GALLON SOLO HD PUMP SPRAYER with a VALVE CAP instead of the stock pressure relief valve. The valve cap in place will allow you to pump up the sprayer with more pressure than normal thus enabling you to reach higher when spraying. Another option is to go with our TROMBONE SPRAYER which can reach extra high as well.

If you still have questions, please give us a call toll free at 1.800.877.7290 and we should be able to further assist on the phone.

sprayer that can reach 30 feet or higher

I am looking for a sprayer to use in applying fruit eliminator (e.g. Florel) to a sweet gum tree. I think the tree is about 30 feet high and the hose end sprayers I have don’t seem to have one that can reach. What do you have in your product line that might do this job better?

We get this question quite often. The best option is our Trombone Sprayer which works off mechanical energy. View the video on the Trombone Sprayer page and you’ll see how it works and how high it can spray. The second option is to get our Solo 1 Gallon HD or Solo 2 Gallon HD and do some “tinkering”. We can’t “recommend” doing this (in case you damage something) but it will enable you to get more pressure into either sprayer for special situations where you need to reach extra high. Each of these sprayers has a pressure relief valve on the top of the tank (opposite the hose connection) which acts as a “pressure governor”. This governor will only allow a certain amount of pressure to build up in the tank when you pump it up. By replacing this valve with a valve cap, you can manually pump up the sprayer more than normal. This increase of pressure will enable you to reach higher when spraying. I have been able to get the pressure high enough to reach over 30 feet but it does require a lot of force to pump to get it this pressurized. I’m guessing if you used the sprayer like this all the time it would lead to a faster breakdown of some gaskets but I haven’t seen any real impact on mine after doing this a few times. The other concern I have is that when pumping with the handle you must take care not to damage the pump by pushing too hard on an angle. Be sure to direct the force straight down so the pump rod doesn’t bend or break. But since you really only need 60-80 lbs of pressure to get it to spray over 30 feet up, there shouldn’t be any problems if you do the pumping with the sprayer on a flat surface and restricting it tightly so it can’t shift around. The tank is rated for over 200 lbs of pressure so you can’t manually explode it when pumping it with your arms. For now, these are our two options.

Thermal hot fogger

I want to do some fogging on my property for mosquitoes and I’ve heard a hot thermal fogger is the way to go. I’ve got about 1/2 acre to treat. I’ve looked at some models but they all seem very expensive. Do I really need to use a thermal fogger to get good control?

Definitely not. Thermal foggers do offer some advantages over cold, misting type fogging machines but this advantage usually won’t pay for itself unless you were treating a large area. Since thermal foggers can treat large areas rapidly and more effiiciently than a cold fogger, they’re better suited when treatments will be done to areas which are in excess of any acre. For 1/2 acre, you’ll be able to get fine results with the B&G 2300 or the Fogmaster 6208. Though “cold”, they produce a fine mist which is more than adequate for most applications. And yes, you’ll use a little more chemical when treating with either of these but the difference is nominal at this scale.

Solo 2 gallon foamer

I have a slab I want to treat for a bad springtail infestation and I’m thinking using foam might help. The solo 2 gallon foamer looks like it will create a nice thick foam. Is this what you would recommend?

Springtail control can be tough – especially when they get up under a slab. The bottom line is that springtails migrate in such tremendous numbers they can be almost impossible to stop unless you get them where they’re nesting. Many times this is in the soil which is easy to treat. But if they start nesting under a slab, it can be extra tough. For such situations, we always recommend foaming. This insures the treatment will reach the bottom side of the slab which is where they like to roost. And be sure to treat more than just the side that touches the house. Since they are most likely living under the entire slab, if you don’t treat the whole area you’ll keep having them emerge through the treated soil because you haven’t successfully killed them all yet.

Solo nozzle dripping not spraying

I have successfully used the Solo 2 gallon sprayer for about 7 years; however, the nozzle doesn’t spray any longer.  It only drips; there isn’t a mist.  I have removed the brass nozzle and filter in an attempt to clean them, but with no success.  Do you have any other suggestions?

First, try without the filter to see if it will spray. If yes, then that means the filter is clogged. At that point, try soaking the filter overnight to see if it unclogs. Fine debris can easily clog it and sometimes you won’t see it. If it won’t spray when the filter is removed, it could be the ball and spring. At that point, we usually replace the nozzle.

Hudson Eliminator pump sprayer

I’m looking at the Hudson Eliminator pump sprayer to use inside my house. Problem is that sprayers I’ve had in the past pump out too much chemical too fast. I want one that will be less powerful and not make a mess. Will this do what I want?

Most pump sprayers will pump faster and with more pressure if they’re pumped up too much. As a general rule, it’s always best to guage how much to pump your sprayer based on where you’ll be spraying. If you need to reach up high, say on the outside of a building, clearly more pumping will be required. If you plan on spraying inside the home, a low volume low pressure spray is generally best suited for such treatments. The Hudson Eliminator is a good starter or basic sprayer. It won’t last a lifetime but you should be able to do most any pest control spraying in and around the home with this pump sprayer. And we always suggest you first fill it with water only and practice using it so you can get a feel for how much “pumping” you’ll need to do for the areas you wish to treat.