Tips & Tricks

Application guidelines

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Step-by-Step Guide

Safety Precautions

Before applying, read the full safety precautions. Make sure to follow each guideline carefully.
  • Always wear gloves (included), long sleeves/pants, and closed toed shoes when applying any pesticide.
  • The pesticide needs to be completely dry before allowing humans or pets to contact treated surfaces.
  • Avoid contact with skin, eyes, or clothing. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling.
  • For first aid and other detailed safety and application instructions, refer to the included pesticide label.

Environmental Considerations

Follow these steps to minimize the impact of pesticides on the environment and protect aquatic life.
  • Do not apply when it's windy or rain is expected in the next 48 hours. This helps keep the drift and pesticide runoff controlled.
  • It's important to keep pesticides out of the water table. Do not apply to or near water, storm drains or any sources of water.
  • Never dump any pesticide down any drain.
  • Don't apply to food or places that are likely to contact food.

Protecting honey bees

Pollinators keep our flowers blooming and our crops healthy. Minimize the risk to bees by following these instructions.
  • Do not apply insecticides when bees are foraging.
  • Do not apply to plants that are flowering.
  • Do not apply to plants that are shedding pollen or producing nectar.
  • Do not allow the pesticide to drift onto beehives or other places that may be attractive to bees.
  • Be careful when applying so that the pesticide does not drift onto nearby blooming plants.

Getting started

  • Read and follow the safety instructions before you get started.
  • Put on the provided gloves. Keep them on throughout the application process.
  • Fill the included application bag with water. Carefully open and pour the pesticide concentrate into the application bag. Make sure not to spill any outside of the bag.
  • For liquid pesticides, fill the emptied pesticide container with water and pour back into the application bag three times so that you get every last drop of pesticide concentrate.
  • Insert tube and sprayer assembly into the bag. Screw on the cap. Before spraying, shake the bag well to mix the formula.
  • As you spray, you may need to twist the end of the sprayer so that it sprays in a wide, even pattern.

Apply around your home

  • Holding the sprayer about 2 feet away, lightly spray the foundation of your home in a 4 foot band, 2 feet up the side of the home and 2 feet away from the home on the ground.
  • Try to pace yourself so that you spray a consistent amount around the foundation of your home without running out before completing. A little goes a long way!
  • Spray around windows (avoiding the glass), door frames, window wells, and garage door openings.
  • Optionally spray front porch railings, under backyard decks, inside your garage, and anywhere else you've seen bugs.

You're protected!

  • That's it! The pesticide needs to fully dry before allowing people or animals to come in contact with treated areas.
  • If you have any leftover mixture, spray around your home again until the bag is empty. Make sure to apply all of the mixed pesticide; once mixed with water, it cannot be stored overnight.
  • Dispose of the application bag and gloves. Store the sprayer in the box for your next application.
  • If you have a subscription with Pestie, your next shipment will come automatically when it's time to reapply. Each shipment comes with a new application bag, gloves, and pesticide concentrate.

Help & Troubleshooting

Need help?

Our pest control experts have your back! Reach out to us at [email protected], or visit to see other support options.

Still seeing bugs?

In some cases, you may still see bugs (or even an increase in bugs) for the first few days after applying. This is more common after your first application.

This is caused by the barrier of pest control around your home disrupting the nests and ecosystems of insects, which can stir the bugs up and cause an increase in activity.

If you're still seeing bugs ten days after treatment, there may be a more severe issue. Our team of experts can help you diagnose and solve the problem at no cost, so please reach out. No matter what, you're backed by Pestie's 100% guarantee.