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THE ART OF EFFECTIVE DUSTING - Insect Control

Dusting Tips

Effective dusting takes practice and experience to develop a “feel” for applying the correct amount of material when using handheld equipment. The applicator tip is often inserted into a crack or void so you can’t see exactly how much dust is dispensed. Here are some application tips that will help you to apply dust more effectively.

  • Examine the applicator and pay special attention to the placement of the pickup tube inside the applicator.
  • Corn starch is a great material for demonstrating and practicing dust applications.
  • Fill handheld dusters that are squeezed approximately half full, leaving room to more easily compress the applicator.
  • The angle of the duster and the strength exerted when making an application will affect the amount of dust that is dispensed.
  • Practice in an open area outside with the applicator positioned at different angles so you can see how much dust comes out.
  • Listen carefully; most applicators make a distinctive sound when too much dust rushes out of the applicator tip.
  • Shaking the applicator immediately prior to treatment will help create a cloud of dust in the airspace of the applicator and help facilitate a light uniform application. Inserting a marble inside the applicator can help break up any clumps of dust that are present.
  • Apply a thin layer of dust into cracks, crevices and voids. This is usually accomplished when the pickup tube is in the air space, not buried in dust. The idea is to “fl oat” a small amount dust into the void or onto the surface.
  • Avoid applying too much dust. It’s not economical or necessary for control. Thick layers or clumps of dust may repel some pests.
  • Adding an extension tip or hose to dust equipment may allow for easier treatment of hard-to-reach areas.
  • The Dustick® provides an extension up to 20 feet for treating hard-to-reach bee and wasp nests.
  • Dusts can be used in combination with other formulations such as bait gels, stations, granules, and liquid sprays. Do not apply dust directly on top of bait placements.
  • A long-handled, narrow scoop or spoon and a funnel are helpful when filling dust applicators.
  • Store dusts in their original containers, keeping them sealed, as many dust formulations readily absorb moisture, which will make them more difficult to apply.
  • Zip top plastic bags are good for storing small handheld dusting equipment when not in use.
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