Hose End Sprayers
There are many styles, types and brands of hose-end sprayers or sprayers
that attach to the end of garden hoses. Choosing the correct hose end
sprayer will determine how accurate your pest control spray or herbicide spray
is applied. When a pest problem requires or suggests the use of a hose end
sprayer, do not use a pump type sprayer for the pest control job. Pump
sprayers cannot give you the volume of product needed to control lawn pests
such as fleas,
roaches, molecrickets. You will not see a knowledgeable pest control
operator using even a professional
pump sprayer to spray lawns. Instead, the PCO will use a power
sprayer to broadcast prescribed solution.
There are two basics you should know about these sprayers: some have a siphon tube and others do not. Miracle Gro (or Miracle Grow) type sprayers do not have a siphon tube. These sprayers are fine for applying water soluble fertilizers but are not as accurate as other types for applications of outdoor insecticides in lawns or gardens. These sprayers flush the small tank with water and force the solution out of the applicator tip. This means that the insecticide or herbicide solution that comes out of the tip in the beginning of the operation is stronger than at the end - not an accurate way of evenly broadcasting the same strength of solution over a medium to large area.
When spraying outdoors for ants, fleas, fireants, molecrickets or other lawn pests you should use a hose end sprayer that has a siphon tube. Within this group of hose-end sprayers that have a siphon tube there are two basic styles: those that are equipped with a dial and sprayers that do not utilize a dial. Both types will work and will help you evenly broadcast your pesticide accurately. You simply choose the sprayer that is easiest for you to handle or the one that is best suited for your needs. Besides broadcasting lawns for pests, hose end sprayers are also used for spraying trees and shrubs. A good example of this use of a hose-end sprayer can be found on the pigeon plum tree weevil information page.
A dial sprayer, such as the
Gilmour Dial-A-Mix Sprayer requires no
mixing. You only need to know to things: how much product (concentrated
herbicide or pesticide) is needed for the area you are about to spray and at
what strength is to be used for your targeted pests.
A sprayer, such as a
20 Gallon Hose End
Sprayer, that does not have a dial
will require a small amount of mixing.