In Atlanta, it’s undeniable that the mosquito population is growing, especially in the summer months. That’s why many homeowners are searching for budget-friendly and efficient mosquito control solutions. Mosquitoes cause itchy bites and possibly bring harmful diseases, such as malaria, yellow fever, and dengue.
If you and your children love to hang out in your yard, you want to make sure that it’s free from irritating insects, including mosquitoes. In the first place, eliminating them outdoors first makes it easier to manage these pests indoors. Not long ago, Misting systems have started to attract many homeowners’ attention as an effective method to control mosquitoes on their property. 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 managing mosquitoes that consists of a housing or a tank, which holds pesticides, and a nozzle system. It is designed to spray the insecticide in a fine mist to eliminate annoying insects outdoors, such as mosquitoes, flies, and wasps.
It has spray nozzles, which are mounted around the perimeter of your house, whether in the fence, yard, or lawn. These nozzles are attached by tubing to the housing or the tank. A little electric motor pumps a pesticide or repellent solution out of the tank and forces it into the tubing. The nozzles then spray out the pesticide to kill mosquitoes.
While some misting systems are turned on at preset intervals using a timer with adjustable time lengths, others can be operated through remote control. The best thing about the misting system is that it eliminates the need to regularly spray your house to stop mosquitoes from flying around and infesting your property. Plus, it’s perfectly safe for bees.
What Are the Contents of Misting Systems
The usual contents of mosquito misting systems are permethrin and pyrethrins. They can also contain piperonyl butoxide. The Environmental Security Agency (EPA), which evaluated these pesticides’ human health and environmental risks, said that they did not find any dangers to humans. Besides, these chemicals only last for a brief period in the environment, so long-term exposure to people is not expected. Keep in mind, though, that permethrin is highly toxic to fish.
Benefits of Mosquito Misting System
1. It is designed to eliminate mosquitoes and other pests in your yard but has low toxicity for people and animals.
2. It is flexible, allowing house owners to place the nozzles anywhere around the perimeter of their yard and in landscaping areas where mosquitoes are widespread.
3. It is economical considering that it’s a one-time investment compared to other mosquito control treatments that deliver guaranteed outcomes.
4. It is easy to use without time-consuming procedures and a complex setup.
Misting Systems Vs. Fogging
Misting systems release effective mixtures into the air (like lawn sprinklers) to eliminate mosquitoes and prevent them from reproducing. These products have a shelf life and need to be stored, changed, and/or replenished occasionally. They usually treat the immediate area for a couple of hours after each spray, while fogging eliminates adult mosquitoes in its path briefly, or its effect lasts just for the duration of the treatment.
Things to Remember
A mosquito misting system is an effective and better choice to manage mosquitoes in your yard. However, even if the chemicals used in misting systems are found to be non-toxic to humans by experts, make it a habit to check labels first. Remember that excessive use or direct exposure to these pesticides may pose threats, so no pesticide must be considered 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 pools. Place the nozzles less than 10 feet from the ground to lessen chemical drift that might impact other individuals, animals, and the surrounding environment, outside your property. Moreover, ensure that the operating system and the reservoir are safely locked and inaccessible to children at all times. Most importantly, never use the pesticide when people, foods, or animals are present.