Brasure’s Pest Control, Inc., completes Premium Protection Plan treatments between April and November each year, and while summers on Delmarva are often hot and dry (a good thing for pesticide applicators, if not for farmers), it is inevitable that it will rain on the days of some customers’ scheduled treatments. Our technicians and customer service representatives receive many questions on such rainy days, and we hope to answer the most frequently-asked with this blog post.
If I wake up on the morning of my scheduled treatment, and rain is in the forecast, should I cancel?
No, that’s not necessary. Your technician can spray the perimeter of your home so long as it isn’t raining, and even in a light rain he can complete the treatment using rain-activated granules. If the ground is too wet to use granules, or weather conditions are too extreme to work in, Brasure’s will contact you to reschedule your treatment.
I recently noticed one of your technicians walking around my neighbor’s house with what looked like a seed spreader. What was he doing?
He was probably spreading granules, as mentioned above. Approximately four pounds are required to treat the typical house, which takes only a couple of minutes.
How effective is the granular treatment, compared to the perimeter spray?
While we don’t maintain detailed statistics about the number of re-treatments that we complete each season, or their possible causes, we receive fewer callbacks for granular treatments than for regular perimeter sprays, and for that reason believe it to be highly effective. Of course, if for any reason you encounter pest problems following a treatment, you may schedule a re-spray.
If the granular treatment works so well, why don’t you use it all of the time, instead of only on rainy days?
Some companies do this, but for a variety of reasons we don’t feel that it would be cost-effective. One reason is that twenty-pound bags of granules take up much more space than bottles of concentrated pesticides, which are mixed with water to produce the chemicals used for treatments. For now, we only use granules for alternate treatments, and do not plan on changing our method of treatment.
Will the granules stain my deck or sidewalk?
No. The granules currently used by Brasure’s are not capable of staining a deck, sidewalk, or any other surface. Some customers may have had a bad experience with a different brand of granules, which would sometimes stain wood; we no longer use this product.
Where can I find more information?
Feel free to call our office at any time for any reason. The number is 302-436-8140 and we’re open 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday.