Since the mosquito population is growing, especially in the summer season, many homeowners are looking for affordable and effective mosquito control solutions. Not only do mosquitoes cause itchy bites, but they could also bring harmful diseases, such as malaria, yellow fever, and dengue.
If your family loves to hang out in your yard, you want to make sure that it’s free from annoying insects, including mosquitoes. Besides, eliminating them outdoors first makes it easier to control these pests inside your home. Misting systems have been gaining popularity for the past few years for controlling mosquitoes. So, how does it keep up with other mosquito treatments, and how does it work?
What Is a Mosquito Misting System?
It is an effective tool for controlling mosquitoes that consists of a housing or a tank that holds pesticides and a nozzle system. It is designed to spray the insecticide in a fine mist to kill stinging insects outdoors, such as mosquitoes, flies, and wasps.
It has spray nozzles, which are mounted around the perimeter of your home in the fence, lawn, or landscaping. These nozzles are connected by tubing to the insecticide housing or tank. A small electric motor pumps a pesticide or repellent mixture out of the tank and forces it into the tubing. The nozzles spray out the pesticide to kill mosquitoes.
Some misting systems are turned on at preset intervals using a timer with adjustable time lengths, and others can be operated via remote control. The best thing about it is that it eliminates the need to regularly spray your home to stop mosquitoes from flying around and infesting your property.
What Pesticides Are Present in the Misting Systems?
The usual contents of mosquito misting systems are permethrin and pyrethrins. They can also contain piperonyl butoxide. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that assessed these pesticides’ human health and environmental risks said that they did not find any risks of concerns to humans. Besides, most of these chemicals only last for a short time in the environment, so long-term exposure to humans is not expected. Keep in mind, though, that permethrin is highly toxic to fish.
Benefits of Mosquito Misting System
1. It is designed to kill mosquitoes and other insects in your yard but has low toxicity for humans and animals.
2. It is flexible, allowing homeowners to place the nozzles anywhere around the perimeter of their lawn and in landscaping areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.
3.It is cost-effective since it’s a one-time investment compared to other mosquito control solutions that deliver guaranteed results.
4. It is easy to use without time-consuming processes and a complicated setup.
Misting Systems Vs. Fogging
Misting systems release effective solutions into the air (like how sprinkler systems do) to kill mosquitoes and prevent them from breeding. These products have a shelf life, which needs to be stored, replaced, and/or replenished periodically. They usually treat the immediate area for a couple of hours after each spray, while fogging will eliminate adult mosquitoes in its path briefly, or its effect lasts only for the duration of the treatment.
Even if the chemicals used in misting systems are found to be non-toxic to humans by experts, always read labels first. Keep in mind that excessive use or exposure to these pesticides may pose risks, so no pesticide should be regarded as 100% risk-free.
When installing, ensure that the spray is directed towards the target area and away from the kitchen, eating area, and water bodies like fish ponds and swimming pools. Place the nozzles less than 10 feet from the ground to reduce chemical drift that may affect other people, animals, and the surrounding environment, not on your property. In addition, make sure that the operating system and the reservoir are securely locked and inaccessible to children at all times. Most importantly, never apply the pesticide when people, foods, or animals are present.