Spraying for Backyard Insects - Arizona Pest Control

22 Aug '19

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Pest control issues are often first identified in the backyard, where you and your family spend more of your time.

Fleas, ticks, and spiders are a few of the most common pests, and you may also have scorpions, ants or wasps that pose a risk for painful stings. 

Spraying for backyard insects is the best way to eliminate them when you notice an infestation. These pest control tips help increase the effectiveness of spraying.

Identify the Pests Involved

There are different types of pesticides that are most effective for specific kinds of insects. Broad spectrum pesticides work well when you have multiple types of pests in your backyard. However, you may also need to use a narrow spectrum type to address a specific insect while protecting the others.

Insect identification is not always easy. For instance, fleas and ticks can sometimes look a lot alike if you are unfamiliar with them. Be sure to arrange for a professional pest inspection before you spray. This way, you can be sure of the full extent of the problem.

Watch Out for DIY Sprays

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Spraying for a backyard pest infestation is very different from shooting a can of spray at a single spider. You must be careful to choose the right type of spray if you have children or animals that spend time in your yard. 

You also need to watch out for drifting pesticides. In windy conditions, spraying incorrectly could cause the spray to get into places you don’t want it to.

This is especially important if you have a garden or keep bees that could be harmed by the spray drift. Professional spraying involves using special equipment that makes sure the pesticides only go where they are wanted.

Ask How to Prep for Professional Pest Control Services

Our pest control sprays are safe to use in yards with pets. However, you may need to keep your pets inside while we spray. If you will not be home during our services, then we also ask that you leave the gates unlocked so that we can easily get in. 

If the area is very cluttered, then you may also want to move debris and objects that could block the spray from getting where it is needed the most. For instance, woodpiles stacked around the perimeter of your yard may need to be removed. This also helps to prevent new insects from showing up at your residence.

People with outdoor kitchens may also want to do some prep work. Be sure to cover any dishes and cookware, or you can take them inside. This is just to further prevent any drift off spray from reaching items that you use to cook or serve food.

Create a Schedule for Seasonal Spraying

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Most pesticide sprays have residual effects that continue to work for several weeks to months. However, you do need to understand that new pests arrive with the changing of the seasons. With regular seasonal sprays, you can feel confident that new insects will not take over your yard again.


Most infestations are easily cleared up through one or two applications of pesticide sprays. You can do your part between seasonal sprayings by checking for new pests and maintaining the landscaping. Combining proper maintenance practices with regular spray services keeps your backyard pest-free all year long.

Custom Weed & Pest Control has been in business since 1989, serving the greater Phoenix metro area for both residential and commercial. We offer organic, natural and chemical pest control, with customized service to meet your specific needs.

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