The most needed and reliable tool in pest management is the ability of the structural pest control applicator to use their knowledge of pest management. The second most important tool is well-cared-for application equipment and good supplies. It is reassuring and convenient to have tools that seldom fail. Regular cleaning, calibration and the repair of equipment are musts for all structural pest control applicators.
Pesticide application techniques used for structural pest management include:
- Crack and crevice
refers to the application of pesticides to broad expanses of surfaces such as walls, floors, ceilings and foundations where insects are or may be found.
refers to the limited application of pesticides to localized or specific surface where insects are likely to occur. Spots are not to be adjoining (contiguous) and in general the total area of the spots does not exceed 10 % of the surface area being treated (e.g., carpets).
Pesticides which are registered for spot treatment only are not to be applied as a broadcast treatments. There is an increase in exposure potential to the applicator and bystanders during broadcast application
Crack and crevice application
refers to the application of small amounts of insecticide or rodenticide directly into cracks and crevices where insects or rodents hide or through which they may enter a structure. It does not permit the treatment of surfaces.
refers to the application of a non-residual contact insecticide as a suspension of fine droplets in air within an enclosed space.
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