It is now late summer and mimosas cover our small backyard. There are hundreds of these worms hanging from single silk-like threads from high up in the trees all the way to the ground. How do we get rid of them??
Apply MAXXTHOR EC using a 20 GALLON HOSE END SPRAYER. This active will kill them on contact and it does a great job of penetrating their tents. One thorough treatment can have a huge impact and in theory, could eliminate most if not all of the problem as long as you’re able to reach every bit of each infested tree. But if you can’t reach high enough with the sprayer, expect to do 1-2 more treatments to get them all. This will happen as more “drop down”.
Add 1 oz of Maxxthor to our hose end sprayer and then add water to fill it up to the 5 gallon line (that’s about 1/4 of the way full in the sprayer). Use this to spray as much of the tree canopy, bark and ground underneath as possible. If you expect to need more spray, you can add 2 oz to the sprayer and fill it half way (to the 10 gallon line). Just be sure to use up what you add to the tank; you don’t want to store the sprayer with chemical inside for any length of time as this will lead to the sprayer getting clogged.
The best sprayer for the job is our HOSE END.
For highest reach, get one of our NO PUMP SPRAYERS. This vunique sprayer is simple yet very good, easy to use and one of our “favs” for applying insecticides to your homes exterior and landscape (its too powerful for use inside).
Ideally suited for reaching heights of 40+ feet, it has no moving parts other than the valve you hold for spraying and the adjustable brass “bullet” nozzle.
This sprayer is essentially a tank that can hold water, chemical and up to 130 psi of air. The top lid has a clamp and rubber gasket that seats on the “inside” of the sprayer so as you fill it with air, the seal will naturally remain in place, nice and tight.
The top has 3 “ports” (pic below). The port to the far left is used to fill the tank with air. Using any electric air pump (the kind you would use the fill tires on your car), you can safely pressurize this sprayer up to 80 psi. The tank is rated for up to 130 lbs but the relief valve will only allow you to fill it to 80-90 psi before it starts to release. This happens as a safety precautionary action.
For normal use around the home, 50-60 psi should be enough for you empty the liquid from the 2.5 gallon tank assuming you only add 1 gallon of mixed product. True, the sprayer can “hold” 2.5 gallons of liquid but you need room for the air. Our tests show that 50-60 psi will pump out an entire gallon of spray allowing you to reach 25-30 feet heights.
For reaching 40+ feet or higher targets, pressurize the sprayer to 80 psi and again, mix up only what you plan on using and no more than 1 gallon of mixed solution at one time so the tank has enough room left to store all the needed “air”. One charge of 80 psi is enough to get the entire mixture to spray out so you don’t have to be concerned about constantly recharging.
The 5 GALLON NO PUMP can hold over 2 gallons of mixed material and can perform equally as well.
Remember, YOU WILL NEED AN AIR COMPRESSOR POWERFUL ENOUGH TO FILL THIS SPRAYER!! WE RECOMMEND ONE THAT CAN DO AT LEAST 100 PSI.
3 GALLON SETUP (remember to only fill it with 1 to 1.5 gallons of mixed solution so you leave room for air)
$300.00 (287757)(10% OFF WHEN ORDERING ONLINE)
5 GALLON SETUP (remember to only fill it with 2.5 to 3 gallons of mixed solution so you leave room for air)
$350.00 (287774)(10% OFF WHEN ORDERING ONLINE)
WATCH THIS VIDEO ON THE “NO PUMP” SPRAYER FOR OPERATIONAL DETAILS
Now if you have a good treatment in place the ones that drop down should die within a few days but if need be, retreat weekly until you don’t see any activity.
Lastly, consider placing out MAXXTHOR GRANULES under all infected trees. This should be done once a quarter so in the spring, summer and fall, to intercept hatching young which naturally fall out of trees.
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