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mkroher
05-16-2007, 05:33 PM
Would anyone mind giving a few tips on how to price tick control apps?

Do you measure the edge of the property that abuts woods? Measure the beds? Counts the ornamentals? Or does one just stare at the property and think: "uh....$xx"?

Anyone help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

indyturf
05-16-2007, 05:46 PM
You need to know how much product you will use to do the application and how much it will cost you!

mkroher
05-16-2007, 06:04 PM
How do you know going into a property the first time? Experience?

americanlawn
05-16-2007, 06:34 PM
We measure the entire property. We charge 1.5 times what a lawn app would be. We use "Crosscheck" by LESCO. We spray with a tree/shrub pistol at about 400 psi. We change nozzle size depending on wind and how heavy we want to apply. We spray everything 15 feet tall and under (trees, shrubs, etc), including under decks, inside sheds, etc.

Crosscheck kills most other nuisance insects too (fleas, mosquitos, gnats, springtails, clover mites, spiders, etc, etc)

Hope this helps.

mkroher
05-16-2007, 06:56 PM
well isn't crosscheck Lesco's talstar?

at 1.5 times the price of a lawn app, do you spray the lawn while your there too?

americanlawn
05-16-2007, 07:05 PM
I'm not sure. I think it's different cuz LESCO also sells Talstar, and they charge more for it. Without checking the labels, I'd say probably not.??

Yes we spray the lawn too. We spray everything - even under cars in the driveway. You never know where these critters hang out.

mkroher
05-16-2007, 08:03 PM
I just went on the lesco website and pulled up the crosscheck label. Bifenthin. I also remember last year the sales rep at lesco saying their lesco brand "cross check" was replacing the talster. Who knows... same AI, same stuff. I myself use another "off brand", called Menace.

Do you really crank your pressure up to 400psi?

ampeg76
05-17-2007, 12:46 AM
I'm not sure. I think it's different cuz LESCO also sells Talstar, and they charge more for it. Without checking the labels, I'd say probably not.??

Yes we spray the lawn too. We spray everything - even under cars in the driveway. You never know where these critters hang out.

talstar one runs a bit higher than crosscheck, to my knowledge its the same thing!

lesco has changed the packaging this year, so no more built in ounce measurements

americanlawn
05-17-2007, 06:17 PM
anpeg76 -- that sucks. The "tip N pour" containers were very handy.

ampeg76
05-17-2007, 08:42 PM
anpeg76 -- that sucks. The "tip N pour" containers were very handy.

indeed it does, makes you wonder if it was a cost issue or not!?!?!?!

tremor
05-18-2007, 06:54 AM
Crosscheck & the cool Tip-N-Measure bottle was NOT labeled for Ticks.

New Crosscheck Plus IS labeled for Ticks.

No matter - Bifentrin Pro, Menace, Crosscheck Plus, etc are all the same as Talstar at 7.9% Bifenthrin.

Pricing ticks is mostly a "time plus materials" thing until you are confident in your estimating.

americanlawn
05-18-2007, 07:07 PM
mk - I run 400 psi with a larger nozzle, if it's windy, I'll crank it down sometimes as low as 200 psi. I like using the JD-9 spray gun cuz it has much smaller droplets than a ChemLawn or Tee-jet gun. The higher psi allows me to shoot under decks and hit trees too (killing mosquitos, ants, spiders too).

mkroher
05-18-2007, 07:51 PM
Are you sure you don't mean 400 bar? 400 psi seems to be very high.

J.Gordon
05-18-2007, 11:22 PM
1 bar is 14.7 psi, 400 bar is 5,880 psi.