The call-back rate on our general pest sprays is very low. We use professional chemistry and targeted application to get good, long-lasting results. More often than not, it’s what the client does after a pest spray that results in a call-back.
The short story: to help your spray last longer, don’t go washing walls and windows straight away and follow the advice that your technician gives you on the day.
That’s not to say that we don’t make mistakes. Now and then we get a call-back that we can’t explain. Luckily for our clients, we back up our general pest service with a six-month warranty. Provided you follow our advice before and after a pest spray, we’ll come back and give you a free service.
You can read more about what to do before and after your spray on our spider spray page. For a quick summary of what not to do afterwards, read on.
1. Don’t clean your windows right after a pest spray
We do our best to avoid spraying your windows during a pest spray. But we have to balance keeping your windows clean with getting our product right into the cracks around your windows, where web-spinning spiders like to live. Unfortunately, we sometimes get a flew spots on your window.
Don’t wash your windows for as long as possible after a spray. When you do, don’t use a hose or pressure washer – spray and wipe!
We recommend that you don’t clean your windows until at least three weeks after a pest spray. Ideally, leave them as long as possible. As soon as you clean your windows, the power of the spray residue is reduced, and spiders will return sooner.
When you do clean your windows, don’t use a hose or pressure washer. It will degrade the product faster. Use spray and wipe instead. Hosing your windows is a bad idea anyway as it can cause moisture problems in your walls mineral build-up on your glass.
2. Don’t pressure wash your paths and walls
Pressure washing your paths and walls after a pest spray effectively undoes your spray. It removes all that beautiful spray residue our team has applied. While you may remain protected against web-spinning spiders, the numbers of ground-dwelling spiders coming into your home will increase.
The ideal time to pressure wash is right before our service. Wait as long as you can after a pest spray, or spiders will come back sooner.
Ground-dwelling spiders are highly mobile and don’t spend as much time in contact with the sprayed surface as web-spinners. This is why we spray your paths and walls, to give ground-dwellers as much product as possible. Ground-dwelling spiders include white-tails, wolf spiders, mouse spiders, and huntsmans.
The ideal time to pressure wash is right before the spray. But of course not the same day (we can’t spray a wet surface!). Instead, spray in the days leading up to the pest spray. Then, leave it for as long as you can after a pest spray. If you pressure wash annually, then time it with our annual spray for spiders and general pests.
3. Don’t clean down spider webs immediately after a pest spray
We always tell our clients to clean down any excessive spider webs before we come for your spray. This is so we can get the product right into the cracks and crevices where the spiders live. The webs get in the way and when they eventually break down, they can leave a gap in the product residual that we rely on for long term control.
If there were webs around when we did your spray, leave them for as long as possible.
If you had webs on your house when we did your service, they are now part of our residual barrier. There will be less spray underneath. So once the web is removed, there will be a small gap in our residue. Spiders may return to these areas sooner.
4. Don’t ignore your pest controller’s advice
You hire a professional pest controller for a reason: to get the best possible service with safe, long-lasting products. A good pest controller will be eager to explain how to get the best out of their spray, avoiding call-backs.
A good pest controller will let you know if there are things at your house that make it hard to give you a good service.
At Pianto’s Pest Control, our team provides you with advice. We want you to know how to get the best out of your pest spray throughout the entire booking procedure:
- Your booking confirmation email will tell you what to do (and not to do!) before and after a pest spray.
- The pest manager will give you advice in person. If they notice any conditions that may affect the longevity of your service.
- Your pest manager will send you a Service Report. Along with information on the products we used, it will state any limitations that they had during treatment.
- Your invoice email will include advice for pest spray aftercare too.