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Do This One Thing To Eliminate Half of Your Spray Equipment Problems

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Sep 22, 2017

At Sprayer Depot, we hear about a lot of different issues that can affect the proper functioning of sprayers. The most common issue however, is one which is easy to prevent and one of the simplest to fix: a clogged and neglected strainer. Before we discuss the steps to take to ensure that your strainer is in tip top condition, lets briefly go over the reasons why the strainer is such an essential part of your sprayer and its optimal functioning. 

What Does The Strainer Do?

The strainer is a basic component which helps to ensure that hypro_line_strainer-resized-600.jpgyour sprayer pump works efficiently. When properly sealed and maintained, it allows the fluid to flow freely by its three basic functions:

  1. The strainers main function is, as its name implies, to strain larger and smaller particles in the liquid from entering the pump, the flow meter, and other parts of the sprayer. 
  2. The strainer provides proper fluid circulation throughout the pump. 
  3. The strainer prevents the clogging that may occur over time when the large particles enter the other sprayer components. 

Strainer Screens and Strainer Types

Every strainer uses a mesh screen to filter out the unwanted particles and most of time, this is where we find problems with the strainer.  It is very important to use the proper size screen for your particular strainer and fluid application type.  The mesh size refers to the number of squares per inch of screen (for example, 12 mesh has 12 x 12 squares per inch of screen). In addition, using the proper kind of strainer for your application and sprayer is important.  There are two main types of strainers which we carry at Sprayer Depot and they are:

  1. Y-Style Strainers - These can vary in size from 1/2" to more than 12", are corrosion resistant, lightweight, and are commonly made of polypropylene.  Our Banjo Y-Strainers are one of our most popular strainer styles and available with several mesh sizes ranging from 12 to 80 mesh. 
  2. T-Style Strainers - Typically more compact in size than other strainer types, T-Style strainers are easy to check for clogs.  For high pressure or suction applications, we recommend the Hypro Nylon-line Strainers or the wide selection of Banjo T-Strainers we carry in polypropylene or poly/ stainless steel. The Banjo Poly T-Strainer Clear Bowl line have clear bowls that allow for quick and simple visual inspections for debris without disassembly. We also carry a complete line of TeeJet strainers and components including the TeeJet aluminum head and nylon bowl styles.

Basic Maintenance of Your Strainer

Proper maintenance of your sprayer unit requires both the use of appropriate mesh screens for your application and fluid type as well as regular inspections and cleaning of your strainer.  Mesh screens that are not designed to filter out particles for your fluid will be ineffective in preventing the ideal flow of liquid.  The recommended mesh size for most pesticides and other agricultural uses is between 16-30 but keep in mind that fertilizers and other chemicals require a larger mesh size screen than water based fluids. 

Inspecting and cleaning the strainer is very easy, takes only a few minutes and can save you both time and money.  The strainer should be inspected and cleaned after every use.  It doesn't require removal from the line but can be flushed by unscrewing the bowl from the cap and taking out the screen.  Once all sediments and debris have been flushed off the screen, you can simply reassemble by replacing the screen to the flange in the bowl and then tightening the bowl back onto the cap.  

Another helpful tip is to maintain your inventory with extra strainers, screens and gaskets.  This could save you many hours of wasted productivity time, especially since these items are very inexpensive components to purchase ahead of time and keep on hand for when they are needed! If you have any questions regarding the proper strainer type, mesh screen size, or any other inquiries about your sprayer needs, we're here to help. 

 

 

Topics: Strainers, hypro line strainer, lawn sprayers, sprayer equipment, T strainer, Pest control sprayers

4 Great Apps for Pest Management Professionals

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Sep 06, 2017

Pest management professionals are increasingly using technology to heighten efficiency and optimize time management. In recent years, apps have become a popular way to access information quickly, even during the work day when many pest management professionals are on-the-road. 

We evaluated some popular industry apps and here's our four favorites:

  1. National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA’s) Fi2017-09-05_21-29-43.pngeld Guide
    The PMA  mobile Field Guide is the essential tool for pest management professionals to identify, control and eliminate unwanted pests. In addition to providing pest-specific information on control strategies, behavior and biology, this app offers hundreds of images and also allows you to store images of pests you’ve encountered in the field.  You can also email pest info to your customers directly through the app. This app offers all the material from the “little blue book” with the ease of carrying it around with you.
  2. Bayer Pest Portal:                                                                                           This smartphone app allows pest management professionals to access information about chemical solutions and preventative tips, along with find products, calculate use rates, browse Bayer product resources and promotions, and see local weather.               
  3. Pest Routes:                                                                                                   Promoted as an "end-to-end" pest control software, this app is part of a paperless software solution that allows access to the software  “on the road,” so technicians can view, edit and complete appointments from the field. It’s real time, so changes are reflected immediately and stops can be added (or removed) from routes. Technicians enter chemical information and other notes, and the system syncs back to the office and shares pertinent details with customers. Service notes and invoices are completed right from the app. The software is customizable  and can be tailored to fit specific business needs.
  4. Pest Control Technology:                                                                                
    Get the latest news and market analyses, watch videos, 2017-09-06_12-28-25.pngphotos/slide shows, and listen to podcasts.  PCT’s award-wining editorial content is complemented by a wide array of digital enhancements including video, touch points, photo slide shows, animation, website links, audio podcasts, interactive advertising. 

Got a favorite app for pest management professionals? Share it in the comment box below.

Topics: Pest control sprayers, Pest management, Pest control apps

6 Things All Pest Control Operators Want in a Sprayer

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Aug 15, 2017

As a professional pest control applicatorthe single most important tool for the trade is most likely your sprayer but as you probably know, all sprayers are not the same. 50-Gallon-Skid-Sprayer.jpgNo matter what the application though, the primary goal of a sprayer is to provide an even and controlled application of the pesticide. To that aim, we've compiled a list of the six features that all pest control operators want in a sprayer.

1) Pump Specifications

Features such as flow rate, pressure, and whether the 9910-D30GRGI-actual2-3.jpgpump operates on gas or electric power are the types of specifications which will differ depending on the intended application, the type of pesticide used, and the amount of coverage desired. For instance, the Hypro D30GRGI pump used with the   JD9-C spray gun delivers a particularly strong flow rate at a high pressure, allowing the operator to reach heights of up to 40 feet, which is ideal for reaching the pesky wasp nests that are often found in roof eaves. 

2) Spray Distance

With pin stream or misting spray guns, extended spray distances are possible whether pesticide is applied  in vertical or horizontal directions. Again, this type of application is excellent for targeting wasp nests in roof eaves, even on taller multiple storied homes. 

3) Durability

When considering the durability of a sprayer, one of the most important components to consider is the frame. At Sprayer Depot, we carry the complete line of Kings Sprayers, built with 6061 aircraft grade aluminum frames which are lightweight, chemical resistant and will never rust or need painting.

4) Add-On Options

Another feature that is important to consider is the available add-on options. Most sprayers l have several additional add-on components available such as different length hoses, hose reels and booms. Having add-ons to use with your sprayer may give you a range of slightly different uses or allow various other types of applications. 

5) Warranty

As with any tool of your trade, having a warranty gives you peace of mind in the unlikely event that your sprayer has a malfunction. Not all sprayers have warranties, however there are some like Kings Sprayers that come with a very generous warranty. King Sprayers offers a 5 year frame / 5 year tank / 1 year parts and labor (limited to manufacturer defects) warranty. 

6) Quality

Lastly, probably the most important thing that pest control operators look for in sprayers is quality.  The question of quality boils down to the type of components including frame, pump, tank, and spray hose. The manufacturer of the sprayer is also a mark of quality. Sprayers made by Kings Sprayers are built from the ground up in Orlando, FL which is one of the reasons why Kings is a leader in the industry. 

When it comes time to make your sprayer purchase, be sure to give some thought to these six features. At Sprayer Depot, we understand your need for high quality and consumer tested and verified sprayers, and want to help you select the right sprayer for your needs. If you have any questions or need some recommendations, contact one of our knowledgeable customer service technicians today! 

 

Topics: Kings Sprayers, Spray Hose, Pest control sprayers, Hypro pumps

5 Apps That Every Horticulturist Should Download Now

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Horticulturists everywhere will benefit from these 5 apps. From help with identifying plants, treating diseases and receiving alerts about local pests, these apps provide useful information on-the-go.

Landscaper's Companion

This extensive plant database alphabetically lists more than 26,000 plants. It also provides specific plant information, such as the sun and water requirements, the time of year the plant blooms and mature plant size. To view a picture of a certain plant, search for it in the large plant database that lists over 21,000 plant photos. This app is simple to use because it allows you to perform searches by entering the plant name or plant type. You can also create your own plant catalog with photos.

Leafsnap

You'll definitely want to take advantage of this mobile app, not just because it's free, but because it utilizes visual recognition software to recognize various kinds of trees. Leafsnap.jpgAll you have to do is take a picture of the tree leaf in question and the app will identify the species for you. In addition, the app has a large image database with pictures of fruits, flowers, seeds, petioles and the bark of each tree.

The Plant Doctor

If you're ever unsure about a certain plant disease, fill out the online form on the app, snap a few photos and send your query to plant pathologist Scot Nelson, who is also the app's developer. After Nelson receives the information, he will reply shortly with an answer and a treatment recommendation.

Bugs and Insects Expanded Edition

Insects can also create havoc with plants and any horticulturist will benefit from having this handy app. With its large database of over 5000 bug images, you'll be able to identify any crawling critter you come across. Another benefit to this is app is that if you're deep in the middle of nowhere, you can still use it because you don't need an internet connection to view the images.

Audubon Wildflowers

This app includes thousands of photos, detailed range maps, in-depth descriptions, state-of-the art search functions and more. Search by color, region, shape and other advanced search options.

These time-saving apps allow horticulturists to perform their jobs more efficiently and timely. Try out one or all of them and you'll wonder how you ever made it without them.

Topics: Spray apps, horticulture, Pest control sprayers

Why Pest Control Companies are Buying More Online

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Tue, Jun 06, 2017

In order for most most businesses to succeed, it's essential they have vendors that can be counted on to provide quick and efficient service. pest-control-.pngThe same is true for pest control companies needing equipment and parts. 

How e-Commerce Makes Businesses More Efficient

There are lots of reasons why B2B  online purchasing has soared in popularity over the last few years, including:

  • It's quick: By bookmarking favorite sites like Sprayerdepot.com, they can be accessed quickly for easy ordering, even on a mobile device.
  • It's convenient: Order online 24/7; no need to wait for a store to open. 
  • It's reliable: With policies like Sprayer Depot's Same Day Shipping Guarantee, it's easier than ever to predict deliveries thus plan accordingly, therefore maximizing productivity and reducing downtime.

Online ordering also makes it simple to keep track of order history and frequently purchased items. According to Forrester Research, by the end of 2017 the number of B2B buyers completing at least half of their work-related purchases online will soar to 56 percent.

After discovering the convenience, speed and ease of ordering online, many pest control companies are taking advantage of e-commerce in a big way. Jason Eicher’s company, Southlake, Texas-based Versacor Enterprises, buys 95 percent of its products online, with the other 5 percent purchased by phone and picked up in person. “We like the convenience, efficiency and accuracy of online purchasing,” Eicher says. 

Fast Shipping

Here at Sprayer Depot, we offer a huge selection of products that many brick and mortar stores don't carry on a regular basis. For instance, the high-efficiency B & G Acc-Spray Handheld Sprayer with its crack and crevice straw, and 4-way tip is available with SAME day shipping on our website.  The Hudson Bak Pak Sprayer, which allows pest management Hudson_NeverPump.pngprofessionals to conveniently spray for 10 hours without having to charge the battery, is ready for shipment as soon as you need it. If a skid sprayer is on your wish list, we offer many models to choose from and even feature a few models in our  Kings Sprayers® QuickShip™ program: these sprayers are in-stock and ship the same day (order must be placed by 12:00 p.m. ET). Read more about our QuickShip program in this previous blog post. 

Visit our website to see how easy shopping for spray equipment online can be. We understand that there are times when you need help figuring out which part you need, or you may have questions about specific equipment. Our customer service technicians are the best in the industry!  Just call 800-228-0905 or use the live chat feature on our website. 

Topics: Skid Sprayer, Kings Sprayers QuickShip Program, fast shipping, Pest control sprayers

What You'll Need to Combat Gypsy Moths This Season

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Apr 07, 2017

With the return of spring comes the return of some of our favorite things: sunshine, daffodils, warm breezes, and blue skies. Unfortunately for the North East, it can also mean the return of the dreaded gypsy moth. Gypsy-Moth.jpgAccording to the Boston Globe, “environmental officials are predicting widespread defoliation from gypsy moths again in 2017…[and] forest health specialists are advising people to hire certified arborists or someone licensed to apply… pesticides to bring the population back down to manageable levels.”

About Gypsy Moths

It is one of the most damaging pests because it has the ability to defoliate over a million acres of trees in a single year. Gypsy moths get their name from their ability to stow away on moving objects; dispersal occurs when people transport gypsy moth eggs thousands of miles from infested areas on cars, firewood, household goods, and other personal possessions. They are also often transported on shipments of nursery stock.

It’s the caterpillars that are particularly problematic to homeowners because only the caterpillar stage of the gypsy moth feeds. The caterpillars feed on more than 500 tree species but especially like oak and other hardwoods. They eat the leaves, and can completely strip trees of greenery. This causes the trees to become more vulnerable to damage. These damages then will potentially cause death to the tree if they're harmed repeatedly over a few years.

Fighting Gypsy Moths With the Right Spray Equipment

What do you do if you find these troublesome caterpillars? Pesticides may be the most effective method of reducing the number of larvae and protecting the foliage of trees. However, managing the gypsy moth can be a difficult task if you don’t have the correct equipment because they tend to prefer trees that are taller than the typical pesticide sprayer can handle, with larva usually emerging in trees that are 45-90 feet tall.

The type of equipment needed for this range of tree height are the larger skid and trailer sprayers. For the tallest trees on the property you will need a large capacity Sprayer-for-Gypsy-Moths.jpgsprayer with a long-range. The Kings Sprayer 735 Gallon Skid Sprayer can handle spraying 75-80' in the air. It's great for tree-spraying and can be used in truck beds, utility vehicles, boats and trailers. A slightly more compact option would be a tow-behind two-wheeled sprayer like this one, but its compact size decreases its spray capacity and will only reach tree heights of about 65’. 

For smaller trees applying a pesticide using a smaller two-wheeled Kings-Sprayers-200-Gallon-Trailor-Sprayerjpg.jpgsprayer like this 200 Gallon 2-Wheel Sprayer is your best bet. This sprayer can be easily towed behind a utility vehicle and can reach trees with heights in the range of 45’-50’.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service has more information available about the impending descent of the gypsy moth upon our yards and trees, here.

 

Topics: Kings Sprayers, pest control, gypsy moths, Pest control sprayers

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