Information and tips to get the most out of insecticide dusts.

Information and tips to get the most out of insecticide dusts.

Probably one of the most underutilized and least appreciated tools for pest management professionals are insecticide dusts. There are numerous reasons why insecticide dusts are probably more effective than their liquid insecticide counterparts. Dusts normally contain more active ingredient than liquid sprays. They are ready for use. No mixing is required. They do a better job coating all surfaces in voids or crack and crevices. Crawling insects such as cockroaches, silverfish, carpenter ants and bed bugs cannot avoid contact – even those hidden deep within walls and cavities. Dust particles adhere to the insect cuticle. The real advantage of dusts cannot be appreciated until you look closely under the microscope. It is amazing how many individual dust particles adhere to the outside surface of the insect body. There really is no escaping exposure after your treatment in voids. Dusts are very economical, costing much less than comparable liquid residuals with similar active ingredients. Dusts, such as Cynoff® insecticide dust have at least three months of residual. Like all pest control products, insecticide dusts have their drawbacks and limitations: Exercise caution when applying dusts. This is especially true indoors. Without such care, surfaces will be covered with a fine layer of dust increasing the chance of exposure to customers if not properly applied. Dusts are generally not approved for use in commercial food preparation areas due to the chance of contaminating surfaces where food is prepared or stored. Technicians have a tendency to over apply insecticide dusts. Current dust delivery systems will apply infinitely more dust than needed if not properly used. NEVER allow the tip to drop below a...