Since backpack mist blowers have become an increasingly utilized tool in mosquito control, I thought now would be a good opportunity to share a few simple tips to maximize your time and treatments with this tool.
Backpack Mist Blower Tips & Tricks
- To minimize back strain, you can place the blower on the edge of the tailgate while both putting the unit on and taking it off. This will reduce bending and possible back injuries or strains.
- To minimize the likelihood of product pooling in the nozzle and potentially creating a small spill requiring cleanup, I always recommend throttling the blower up before starting the chemical stream.
- When stopping treatment, the best practice is to reverse this process and keep the unit throttled up while turning the chemical valve off. Allow the hose to clear and then release the throttle.
- Before each treatment it is strongly advised to shake the blower back and forth to make sure all chemical is properly mixed in the tank.
- If you aren’t already using the diffusers that come with the unit you should try the circular one. They spread the pattern out allowing for better coverage when you place the nozzle into bushes. Mosquitoes look for shaded moist areas to rest during the hottest parts of the day. They love to fly into bushes and rest on the underside of the leaves. By placing the nozzle into the bush and making a circular or figure 8 motion you will maximize coverage of these roosting sites and increase your control.
- If you have problems with diffuser being pulled off while treating, you can always attach it by running a zip tie through the end of the nozzle and the outside edge of the diffuser.
I hope your mosquito season is long and profitable – enjoy and stay safe.
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