Since the mosquito population is growing anywhere in the world, especially in the summer season, numerous house owners are searching for inexpensive and efficient mosquito control solutions. Not only do mosquitoes cause itchy bites, but they could also bring hazardous illnesses, such as malaria, yellow fever, and dengue.
If your family enjoys hanging out in your yard, you want to ensure that it’s free of annoying pests, including mosquitoes. Besides, removing them outdoors first makes it easier to control them inside. The popularity of mosquito mist for the past several years for controlling mosquitoes is undeniable. Why not? It’s not only nature friendly but also safe for humans and animals. So, how do misting systems work?
What Is a Mosquito Misting System?
It is an effective tool for managing mosquitoes that includes a tank or housing that holds pesticides and a nozzle system. It is designed to spray the insecticide in a fine mist to kill irritating insects outdoors, such as mosquitoes, flies, and wasps.
Its spray nozzles are installed around the perimeter of your home – whether in the fence, yard, or landscaping areas. These nozzles are connected by tubing to the insecticide housing or tank. A small electric motor pumps the pesticide or repellent mixture out of the tank and pushes it into the tubing. The nozzles then spray out the pesticide to eliminate mosquitoes.
Some misting systems are turned on at predetermined intervals using a timer with adjustable time lengths, and others can be operated through remote control. The best feature of misting systems is that you don’t need to frequently spray around your house to stop mosquitoes from flying around and infesting your property. Plus, it’s safe for all bees in your garden.
What Pesticides Are Present in the Misting Systems?
Misting systems usually contain permethrin and pyrethrins. They can also consist of piperonyl butoxide. The Environmental Defense Agency (EPA) that assessed these pesticides’ human health and environmental dangers said they did not find any human risks. Besides, most of these chemicals last for a short time in the environment, so long-lasting exposure to humans is not expected. However, keep in mind that permethrin is highly toxic to fish.
Advantages of Mosquito Misting System
1. It is designed to kill mosquitoes and other insects in your backyard but has low toxicity for people and animals.
2. It is flexible, permitting homeowners to place the nozzles anywhere around the perimeter of their lawn and in landscaping areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.
3. It is affordable because it’s a one-time investment compared to other mosquito control treatments that provide guaranteed outcomes.
4. It is simple to use without time-consuming procedures and a complex setup.
Misting Systems Vs. Fogging
Misting systems release effective solutions into the air (like how sprinkler systems do) to kill mosquitoes and avoid them from breeding. These products have a service life, which needs to be stored, changed, and/or replenished periodically. They usually treat the immediate area for a couple of hours after each spray, while fogging gets rid of adult mosquitoes in its course briefly, or its result lasts only for the duration of the treatment.
Something to Think About
Mosquito misting systems are no doubt effective for eliminating mosquitoes in your home. But even if experts find the chemicals used in misting systems to be non-toxic to human beings, make it a habit to read labels first. Remember that excessive use or direct exposure to these pesticides may pose dangers, so no pesticide should be regarded as 100% risk-free.
When installing, make sure that the spray is directed towards the target location and far from the kitchen area, eating area, and water bodies like fish ponds and swimming pools. Place the nozzles not more than 10 feet from the ground to minimize chemical drift that may impact other individuals, animals, and the surrounding environment, outside your property. In addition, ensure that the operating system and the reservoir are firmly locked and inaccessible to children at all times. Most importantly, never use the pesticide when individuals, foods, or animals are present.