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Applying Insecticides around your Home

To apply insecticides in and around your house is a worthwhile effort. Insecticides can protect you and your family against insects, and are an important factor in preventing the spread of West Nile Virus. Aside from being a household safeguard, they are also useful in many sectors, such as agriculture and medicine.

Types of Insecticides
Insecticide Mosquito ControlPyrethroid, a man-made pesticide similar to the natural pesticide pyrethrum, kills a wide range of insects by attacking the neuron membranes. Although more than 1000 types of pyrethroids are manufactured, only a few are actually used in North America, two of which are permethrin and deltamethrin.

Permethrin and deltamethrin are among the most widely-used and safest types of insecticides. They are not only spread on crops to establish pest control, but are also utilized in a variety of ways in the interior and exterior of homes. They can be applied with a spray, paint brush or special duster; fabric items can be soaked in an insecticide solution.

Also see the types of mosquitoes.

How to Apply Insecticide on Curtains
The process is simple and easy. Applying insecticide on curtains should be done in a well-ventilated room. The curtains must be made of fabric and clean. After soaking in insecticide, the material may retain a slight odor for a day or two, after which time, the odor will disappear.

The initial step is to lay a plastic sheet on the floor and gather all that you will need: insecticide, gloves, and a container large enough to hold the curtains. Carefully read the instructions on the insecticide package and follow the steps below:

1. In the large container, mix together the required amounts of water and insecticide.

2. Place the curtains in the container and soak well, ensuring that they are completely covered in the solution.

3. Remove the curtains from the solution and wring them gently to get rid of the excess.

4. Lay the curtains flat on the plastic sheet, and in the shade, if possible. When partially dry, they can be hung back in place.

How to Apply Insecticide in the Garden
Applying insecticides in the garden can help control the unwanted insects that cause damage to your plants, and sometimes kill them. It is always important to follow the instructions on the insecticide package. There are four things to remember when you apply insecticide outdoors:

1. Buy the right product for the job. Read labels meticulously as not all insecticides are made for garden spraying. Note that it is practical when the sprayer has an adjustable nozzle.

2. Take precautions. It is important to wear appropriate clothing when you apply insecticides. Long sleeves, pants, gloves and goggles will protect you from getting the chemicals on your skin or in your eyes.

3. Prepare the solution. Follow the instructions carefully and measure out the correct amounts of water and insecticide to be mixed. This step should be done outdoors.

4. Apply insecticide. Early evening is the best time to spray. Be sure to coat the plants from top to bottom as many insects like to hide near the earth.


Article written by Anna DeGaborik
Anna DeGaborik is the author for the All Mosquito Netting Info website. She studies insect diseases and prevention, specializing in mosquitoes.

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