The Dusting Cap Dilemma In Pest Control

I love it when I see pest techs dusting for pest control. I love it even more when I see a professional tech who’s doing the dusting. Dusting has so many positive aspects; Long term residuals, huge voids can be covered with a light puff, homeowners and non target beings are in no danger of exposure AND most importantly, it’s what separates the professional exterminator from the DIY home body who just plows powders willy nilly across the home and makes a dangerous mess. (long sentence-sorry)

I dust in almost every account I do. Whether inside or out it’s hard to beat all the benefits that this technique can give you. Sadly, I often follow behind not only dust happy homeowners but pco’s as well who too often leave a trail of the white powder. It doesn’t have to always be that way.

I have several articles and videos on this subject and I invite you to check em out.

BTW–I’d love some feed back on those and even some ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ if you think it’s worth some of your colleagues time to also see them. This latest video is not about dusting techniques per se but about an inherent or built in problem with the most common dusting tool. The Cap!

So please check out this video and add your commentary below.

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. 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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  • exterminatorsrock

    very good idea! I will be raiding my closets when i get home.

    my biggest problem is the other cap.

    let’s say i’m getting ready to do a job and want to check my dust level, I have to arm wrestle the rubber stopper off and it moves ever so slightly until just before it’s loose, the pow it shoots off like a roman candle, and God help me if the duster was full…dust everywhere.

    let’s say its empty. no problem…that is until i go to fill it. i cannot find a way to fill it without a puffy cloud trying to make its way out as the dust goes in. Now i always fill it outside. And if it’s a hot summer day (i’m no doubt sweating) and i long for a strong breeze to cool me off, all i gotta do is pull out my duster to fill it. the sheer handling of said duster will cause a stagnant and stale day into a kite flyers dream. all that dust loves to head straight for any exposed sweat soaked skin.

    but other than that, i love dust. in fact, i keep one on the termite truck to lightly dust crawl spaces after a renewal. this keeps me from having to deal with hundreds of webs next year.

  • exterminatorsrock

    just a random afterthought…

    if you are supposed to wear chemical resistant gloves to apply and “MIX” pesticide, why do equipment manufactures make it impossible to use with gloves?

    for example, try to fill a duster with chemical resistant gloves on, or open and fill a locking mouse bait tray. don’t get me started on trying to insert a straw into a can of Bedlam with gloves on.

  • Great points & boy can I relate–I better break out the video camera for another tech tip segment…lol
    I use Delta dust a lot and the jars spout is the perfect size to fit right into the top of the duster so the dreaded ‘plume’ is kept to a minimum. You could do a little (very little) white grease around the rubber stopper and that might help.
    As far as the wind from nowhere–haha, I get that every time I go to use a tip n pour when I’m filling my B&G…. uuuggghhh!

  • or why bee suits are so freaking hot so you’re covered with bees, your hat’s sliding everywhere in the sweat-you can’t see, you can’t wipe your face and you end up shooting dust or spray everywhere BUT the bee nest entry! Oh man–I could go too, the list is long and I’m starting to think some nerds/safety geeks in the equipment R&D for pest control are sitting in a lab somewhere giggling and laughing.