Does rain affect pest control?
The impact of rain on pest control treatment varies depending on the type of treatment applied and the volume of rain. The ideal pest control treatment to use should be insoluble and it’s best to apply it before the rain falls.
Rain is one of the main reasons’ why some maintenance-related jobs are being cancelled. But the truth is you don’t really have to cancel your appointment for two reasons: first, there are types of pest control treatments that are designed to withstand rain; and second, water helps specially formulated granular pellets to activate.
The best way to determine which type of pest control treatment is the most effective is by knowing its’ characteristics.
What are the best characteristics of pest control treatments to use when raining?
Each type of pest control treatment has different characteristics and it all has different effects when exposed to rainwater. Two of the best pest control treatments characteristics are described as follows:
Solubility is the pest control treatment characteristic that can measure its ability to dissolve in water. To ensure that the pest control treatments will never wash away by the rainwater, you must choose pest control treatments’ which have values between the range of less than 10 (insoluble) to less than 100 (low solubility).
Adsorption is the type pest control treatment characteristic that processes the binding of pest control treatments to soil colloids. But this will only occur if there’s a positive attraction between the pest control treatments’ chemical and soil particles. To ensure best results, it’s best to match the pest control treatments molecules with a positive charge to negatively-charged soil particles. Since the pest control treatments are binded to the soil, it will be more effective in eliminating pests.
Pest control is fine to do even when it’s raining not only because of the pest control treatments that are designed to withstand it but because rain has an actual good impact to pest control and this is through specially-formulated granular pellets. The purpose of this granular pellet is to prevent pests from sneaking inside your home.
These pellets are placed by pest control specialists all through the application of treatment and can only be activated once touched by water. The water will help this granular pellet to move deeper into the soil.
Tips when applying pest control treatment during rainfall – indoors and outdoors
The indoor application for pest control treatment doesn’t change even when raining since it is fully covered. But pest control specialists advice keeping the cracks, door frames, and windows properly sealed before applying the pest control treatment. This is because it is the common entryway of pests.
For the outdoor application of pest control treatments, the wind is always the main problem. But the wind’s impact can easily be determined on its speed – wind that has equal or less than 80mph and blowing against the treated areas will not have any effect on the treatment. If otherwise, then it maybe be best to apply the treatment at another time.
Lastly, timing is always the key to success. Wind is always present before the rain falls. To prevent getting drenched, make sure to spray liquid-formed pesticide according to the wind direction. This is only applicable for outdoors.
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