B&G Sprayer Tips - Big Impact on Pest Control Chemical Costs
B&G Sprayer equipment experts report (see attribution below) that the brass B&G sprayer tip on your B&G 1 gallon sprayer experiences 10% nozzle wear each year. This means after 1 year, your B&G sprayer is putting out 10% MORE CHEMICAL than it did the year before. I can spell it out even more clearly:
It costs you 10% more in chemical costs each year you don't change out your B&G Sprayer tip.
What does this mean to the typical PCO?
It means that each year you use a B&G tips, your pest control chemical costs will go up 10%! The nozzle wears out at 10% per year, so the situation gets worse over time.
Unless you can train your technician to walk 10% faster (you can't) you're profitability will decline.
B&G suggests replacing the tip every 2 years. Given this data, I don't know why you wouldn't change it out annually.
Some other tips: clean your tip with a soft bristle brush. It is ok to use a toothpick if needed but do not use metal such as knife or pin, which will damage the tip and spray pattern. Clean your B&G periodically with a mild detergent.
Keep one of the replaced tips in the glove box as an emergency backup.
Source: Application of Pesticides in Professional Pest Control, By Cecil Paterson & William Robinson, B&G Equipment Company, Spraying Systems Company.