Irrigation-Based Pest Control for Landscapes That Works
Some pest control products have a bad rap because they are traditionally toxic, and customers value both the safety of their families and the health of their living environments. This narrows the choice of repellants to only those that are 100% safe for people and ecosystems yet also highly effective.
In the interest of reducing labor and cutting the demands of individual properties on your time, pest repellents can be administered using feeder systems that allow the irrigation system to distribute the product. This efficient method for pest control ensures the even and regular application of pest repellent to a landscape.
What Makes Pest Repellent Safe?
Organic pest repellents use naturally derived substances to deter pests, including essential oils and naturally occurring acids. Organic pest repellents are more widely accepted by homeowners for the safety they offer families, and for their gentle impact on the environment. They also do not contribute to the irritations that may be felt by customers who suffer from allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues.
What Makes Pest Repellent Effective?
Pest repellents can be judged based on the range of pests they target and the duration for which they remain effective. When applying pest repellent through an irrigation system, the duration of action becomes less important because it is much easier to apply the product at closer intervals. Judging a pest repellent also relies on completing a risk-benefit analysis in which the benefit of the product should outweigh any risk that the product poses to the health and safety of your customers and their landscape. Organic pest repellents pose a very low risk to customers and the environment, and they make use of naturally occurring substances to deter pests from the area rather than kill pests through indiscriminate toxicity.
THE SAFETY & EFFICIENCY OF NATURESHIELD
100% CHEMICAL FREE
NON-TOXIC AND EPA EXEMPT
NO ARTIFICIAL ADDITIVES OR SCENTS
PROTECTS FROM FLYING INSECTS, TICKS, FLEAS & ANTS
BARRIER LASTS APPROX. 5 DAYS
LEAVES INSECTS NO CHANCE TO NEST
NatureShield is an all-natural pest repellent that utilizes a proprietary blend of essential oils and vegetable extracts to form an effective barrier against pests. It is free of artificial additives and artificial scents, making it 100% chemical free, non-toxic, and EPA exempt. Its gentle impact on pets and the environment is extremely helpful in putting customers’ minds at ease regarding the use of pest repellents on their properties. Some homeowners may be concerned that NatureShield might enter their drinking water via the GreenFeeder System because it is connected to their water supply. You can alleviate their concerns with the knowledge that the feeder system is very easy to install—especially when done by a professional—and the correct installation of the GreenFeeder after the backflow preventer ensures that the products will not enter their tap water.
NatureShield protects landscapes from all flying insects, ticks, fleas, ants, and other crawling insects all before they get the chance to nest. When applied manually using a pump or hose-end sprayer, the pest-repelling barrier created lasts approximately five days. However, a constant barrier against pests can also be achieved by feeding NatureShield into the irrigation system so that it is applied to the property every time you water.
Using a Feeder System for an Irrigation-Based Approach
The use of a feeder system resolves the labor-intensive and time-consuming aspects of maintaining the regular application of pest repellent to a property, especially when multiple properties are being managed. Pest repellent can be administered to a lawn, without effort, every time it is watered. In addition to saving time and money, this approach has various positive environmental effects that eco-conscious customers will appreciate.
Metered pumps within automatic injection systems and feeder systems ensure that a controlled amount of product is injected into the irrigation system. The GreenFeeder System, for example, adjusts its feed rate based on water flow to prevent the over-administration of product to a landscape. This enables very low doses of product to be distributed evenly and easily without any product being wasted.
Not only does this allow water and product to be used more effectively but it also removes the potential of a toxic build-up of product on a property, and leaching and runoff are also prevented. Feeder systems are known for being flexible and versatile, as liquid fertilizers and rust-prevention products can just as easily be fed into the irrigation system through the same set of equipment.
Using the GreenFeeder and American Hydro Injection Systems
The GreenFeeder System is an example of a feeder system that enables an irrigation system to achieve more than watering. It can be used to administer GrassSoGreen Liquid Fertilizer or NatureShield to landscapes regularly and in small, controlled doses. It can also be used to administer Rid O’ Rust in irrigation systems with iron levels less than 2 ppm for the prevention of rust stains on properties.
The GreenFeeder System is easy to install above or below ground and can be installed vertically, horizontally, or at an angle, making the topography of a customer’s property of little concern. It can be used to administer products to an entire property, or you could limit product distribution to a specific area. This can be controlled by installing the device along the pressurized mainline or on a non-pressurized section after a particular valve. Both installations are easy to execute. A code-compliant backflow prevention device is required on all installations to prevent the contamination of the customer’s water supply with landscaping products.
American Hydro Systems similarly incorporate a specific amount of concentrated liquid fertilizer from a stock tank into a defined amount of water regulated by a metered pump. They come with a 15 gallon, 30 gallon, 100 gallon, or 200 gallon tank. When installing any injection system, parameters like the location and size of the well pump on a property must be considered. Whether the equipment needs protection from the elements should also be noted. American Hydro Systems, for example, should be used when a below-ground or submersible well pump, or a very large above-ground pump, is involved. It’s recommended that you cover the system once it’s installed outdoors.