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What you need:
  • Respirator
  • Long sleeved shirt and long pants
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety goggles
You should test your spray equipment each time you use it. Fill the tank half way with water and pump up the pressure. Spray a little water out to ensure the nozzle isn't plugged. Release the pressure by unscrewing the lid slightly.
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Put on a pair of rubber gloves and unscrew the lid the rest of the way. Add the prescribed amount of chemical to the water in the sprayer. Read the instructions provided to determine the proper chemical to water ratio. Always follow the label instructions to a tee! Only mix as much chemical as you intend on using in one session.
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Most pesticides absorb readily into the skin, so it's important to cover any exposed flesh. Rubber gloves, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, and a respirator should be used when applying chemicals with a sprayer.
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Screw the lid back on the sprayer and pump up the pressure. When spraying foliage, be sure to cover both the tops and bottoms of the leaves. It's important that you avoid spraying chemicals in windy conditions. Over-spray can damage desirable plants. Try to spray on overcast days or early in the morning. Bright sunlight and heat can scorch plants that have recently been sprayed. Keep any pets or children away from the area being treated.
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Try to use all of the material in the tank. Once the job is done, wash out the tank over a dirt area. Do not rinse the tank over concrete or in a sink. Rinse the tank three times, each time spraying clean water through the hose. Remove and wash your clothing. Wash the protective clothing separately from other clothing.