How to Choose the Right Aerosol Insecticide

Dr. Phil Koehler has been a Professor of Entomology at the University of Florida for the past 37 years. An avid runner, Dr. Koehler still challenges his graduate students to accompany him on his daily 3.3 mile run. He and his wife raised two children together, both of whom are engineers. Modern pressurized aerosols designed for use by pest management professionals are highly specialized for particular jobs, but it isn’t always obvious which aerosol is best for a particular pest account. Total Release Foggers: flies and mosquitoes in commercial establishments. Crack and Crevice Injectors: Crack and crevice injectors release insecticide spray through a tube. The tube is usually inserted into a crack, crevice or wall void to deliver liquid directly into harborages where target pests live. A crack and crevice treatment is usually made with a residual insecticide that will kill for several days or weeks, ultimately removing the harborage site. Jet Sprayers: Jet sprayers are powerful weapons for control of bees, hornets, yellow jackets and wasps. Jet sprayers deliver a stream of insecticide up to a distance of 20 feet, allowing for the treatment of nests under the eaves of buildings. They also allow you to stand at a safe distance while treating a ground or aerial nest. Jet sprayers are great for small nests, but may not work as well on larger nests. Putting a Treatment System Together: One of the most interesting parts of pest management is putting together a system of treatment techniques to solve several different problems. Pressurized aerosols should be a part of almost any program, while each product should be carefully selected...