“I know I’m scheduled for pest control service, but it’s going to rain tomorrow. Won’t that mess things up?”
In a perfect world, we could schedule all our exterior treatments on days with little wind and a guarantee of no rain within the next 48 hours. The reality is, if we adjusted our schedules for optimal treatment days, we’d never complete our routes and many customers would go without service for long periods of time.
When a customer asks a rain related question, a few things could be in play. First, the customer may want to know their pest protection is not going to be compromised. They could be concerned that they might be paying full-price for a protection that lasts shorter than it should. In addition, your customer could have environmental concerns. They might be worried that the rain will carry your product away from the intended site (run off). You’ll want to address both concerns with your response.
Many pest control operators would be shocked if they knew the true residual of an exterior general surface spray. The sun’s UV rays, soil pH, and rain are all determining factors in the life-span of your pesticides’ active ingredients. That’s why it’s important to use a combination of formulations (dusts, granular baits, liquids, etc.) and pay special attention to placement of these products. Often, the best placement of pest control products are in areas rain won’t reach (under soffits/siding and plumbing voids are a few examples).
Don’t Do This:
Unless you can provide supporting documentation from the product’s manufacturer, do not make claims like the following:
“Our products aren’t susceptible to rain”
“The product is just like paint, once it’s dry, it stays in place”
“Weather is always a concern, so we take the appropriate safeguards to ensure that neither your home’s pest protection nor the welfare of our environment are compromised. We do this by selecting the proper formulations and placing the majority of those pest control products in areas that will not be disturbed by rain.”