Mr. Pest Control


Q:

I’ve been doing a lot of bed bug jobs lately. My pump sprayers put out too much product to treat furniture. I use aerosols, but they are expensive. Besides buying a portable aerosol unit, do you know of any good sprayers or nozzles I could use?

A:

No, because you really need a propellant, either pressurized gas or compressed air, to make the aerosol. Portable aerosol units are the best alternative to buying pre-pressurized aerosol products, except the cost is up front instead of over time as you restock your product inventory. If you do enough bed bug jobs, you may end up spending less on the equipment than on aerosol cans. Another benefit of portable aerosol units is that you don’t have to worry so much about solvent in the product damaging furniture as you might with pre-pressurized cans.

Q:

Can you give me some pointers on being the best pest management technician in our company?

A:

In the proper environment that provides technicians suitable amounts of time in their accounts to solve pest problems, the most valuable technicians tend to be the most self-reliant. In order to be self-reliant, a technician must understand both pest behaviors and how the pesticides in their toolbox work in different situations. These two traits allow technicians to make decisions in the field and handle customers on their own because they have a true understanding of what they are doing. They make a supervisor’s job easier because they solve problems, not cause problems that need fixing.

In addition to self-reliance, flexibility is great. Regulations, pesticides, companies and customers are always changing. A technician that gets stuck in the way things were loses value over time.