I’ve been told we have a wasp moth infestation. We didn’t even know about them but last week we started seeing tons of moths on the house and windows. Its like they came from no where. And the local extension agent said they’re wasp moths and now we see their larvae have eating our Ficus and some other shrubs. What can we spray to get rid of them?
Wasp moths can feed on a range of plants and like the Edwards Moth, they love Ficus. Many times their larvae will go unnoticed but once they pupate and become adults, your yard will be full of pheromones which will attract more. This usually happens late summer and it will commonly lead to hundreds if not thousands of moths collecting on a homes siding, doors, windows and roof.
To get them off the home and plants, spray with MAXXTHOR. Add 1 oz to our HOSE END SPRAYER and fill it to the 5 gallon line. Hook it to your garden hose and then spray the entire contents over 5,000 sq/ft. If you have a larger area to treat, add 2 oz and fill it to the 10 gallon line.
Now you could use a good PUMP SPRAYER to make the application mixing 1/2 oz per gallon of water.
But the key when making the application is to use enough water which is why the hose end sprayer is usually the best option.
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
Whichever sprayer you use, be sure to treat once a week until all the moths are gone. It will generally take 2-3 treatments to knock them out and next spring and summer, be sure to spray again at least twice to make sure they don’t come back.