Bug Doctor Minute; Voids to AVOID when dusting

The other day I was called out to a regular client for ‘inch worms’ that really just turned out to be Indian meal moths. That was fine, this happens a lot but while I was there we decided to do her regular service which she was due for in about a week. The tech who normally runs the area is a fine man and does a great job but my customer did have one request. She asked if we not dust the around the kitchen anymore because she constantly has to clean up the white powder whenever we do. This of course alarmed me and I wanted to get to the bottom of this quickly to make sure we did not continue this for her or any other customer. What I found was a common mistake that can be avoided in just few seconds with a flashlight and being willing to poke your nose into a cabinet. I invite you to watch this short presentation and see first hand what this customer experienced and maybe the tips and information will keep you from making the same mistake.


It’s a common practice to puff dust in voids, cracks or gaps in walls or cabinetry. Dusts fill the area quite nicely and the residual is such that you can leave that spot alone for months and know that your barrier is still there working to kill any bugs who dare venture in. It seems like a very safe way to apply pest control since it’s going to a secure place where no one can get to it so many techs happily seek out these voids to treat. In the majority of placements it’s as safe as it gets and most clients appreciate the attention to detail. Some voids however are not so secure and applying dusts that float around in a plume will land on non target objects and contaminate food or other stored items.

Alaways take care to investigate any area you’re treating even if you’ve done spots like these 1000 times before. No two houses are exactly the same and while dusts can be cleaned up it still smacks of unprofessionalism and chips away at the trust you’ve worked so hard to build up. Dust carefully, dust often and kill more bugs.

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.
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  • Great information, I just wonder how many techncians ever look into those areas before they dust. Thanks for passing this along

  • Great information, I just wonder how many techncians ever look into those areas before they dust. Thanks for passing this along

  • The Bug Doctor

    I can name one who will from now on. ;>

  • The Bug Doctor

    I can name one who will from now on. ;>