Spraying in the rain

It never fails that on a rainy day we always get the calls to reschedule. People don’t want their barrier to be washed away so they insist we come back when the sun comes out.

Today was one of those rainy days and as predicted our phone started ringing. Our usual answer is to try and explain that “it’s not raining under your eaves.” We let our clients know that the barrier will be fine and actually our granules we place need water to help activate them. If you ever take time to watch the rain from your window you’ll see that what I’m saying is true; in fact the walls of your home rarely get wet from the rain because they are protected by the overhangs. Of course during all out down pours or lightning we may hang out awhile in our trucks and listen to the radio. Nobody likes getting drenched and holding metal sprayers with bolts of electricity coming out of the sky is never a good thing.

Truthfully it doesn’t affect your treatment in any way since it is usually dry around the windows, door frames and eaves which is where we spray anyway. Besides, if the rain were that detrimental, wouldn’t we need to come back each and every time it rained to retreat? How about snow? Unless as I say, it’s a torrential down pour or it’s coming down sideways I always keep working. We have all the gear to keep us relatively dry and I always take off my shoes anyway when I enter a home. (A habit from my wife) If you don’t mind me a little wet, I’ll be happy to do your service.

So, if you have an appointment set up for pest control and it begins to rain, don’t reach for the phone. If it rains really hard maybe you and your bug man can listen to the radio for awhile.

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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  • Matt

    If you read your msds or specimen label it will say “do not treat while percupition is occurring” even with granular products..

  • Matt, true there are some new rules for pyrethroids that have come out (after this article was written) but for now the language on the label is such; example…Wisdom granules; “Applying this product in calm weather when rain is not predicted for the next 24 hours will help to ensure that wind or rain does not blow or wash pesticide off the treatment area.”

    As far as sprays, we use a lot of Demand CS on the exterior–the label (link below) talks about not spraying in winds of 15 mph, gives the footage to stay away from lakes etc.etc. (all standard) but on either product not one word of what you say. As a matter of fact I’m sure many labels are much the same. I thank you for your comment