Mosquitos are a common summertime pest that can carry dangerous diseases. To protect your family from these disease transmitters, consider using misting systems to control their population. So, how do these systems work? Read on to find out…
A mosquito misting system contains a pump and a series of nozzles connected to a network of tubing. The pump pulls insecticide from a storage tank and pressurizes it before sending it through the tubing to the nozzles. When the system is activated, the nozzles release a fine mist of insecticide into the air.
Some nozzles come fitted with wind sensors, which ensure that the mist is only released when there is little or no wind to prevent it from being blown away before it has a chance to settle. Ideally, the mist quickly dissipates, killing mosquitoes that come into contact with it.
Mosquito misting systems are typically used to control mosquitoes in outdoor areas, such as patios, decks, and yards. You can also use them in commercial settings, such as restaurants and bars.
At timed intervals, the system will automatically release a short burst of insecticide mist into the air. You can adjust the duration and frequency of the misting cycle to fit your needs. For example, you may want the system to mist several times a day during peak mosquito season.
Or, you may prefer spraying at times when mosquitoes tend to be most active- usually dawn and dusk. Let’s go over the setup process, and the insecticides commonly used to give you a better picture of how the system works to control mosquitoes.
Installing a mosquito misting system is relatively simple. Here’s how to go about it:
- Mount the pump and reservoir or tank in a location that is out of the reach of children and pets.
- Connect the tubing to the pump and run it to the desired nozzles.
- Install the nozzles in strategic locations around your yard or patio.
- Place the nozzles high enough off the ground so that people cannot come into contact with them.
When choosing a location for the pump and reservoir, ensure it is close to an electrical outlet. This will make it easy to plug the system in when you need to use it. You should also position the pump and reservoir in a shady area to help keep the insecticide cool and prevent it from degrading in sunlight.
You may need a few nozzles for a large yard or one nozzle for a small patio. The time you need to control mosquitoes will also determine the size of your system. If you only need the system for a few hours each day, a small pump and tank will do. However, a larger pump and tank will suffice if you need the system for long periods.
Misting systems are an effective way to control mosquitoes, but they need to be used properly to be effective. Here are a few tips for using mosquito misting systems:
- Read the manufacturer’s instructions before using the system.
- Fill the storage tank with an approved insecticide. Do not add water to the tank.
- Install the system according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Test the system before using it.
- Activate the system at dusk and allow it to run for several hours.
- Do not stand directly under the nozzles when the system is activated.
- Clean the nozzles regularly to prevent clogging.
Misting systems target mosquitoes where they rest during the day – in trees, bushes, and other vegetation. Natural insecticides like pyrethrum are commonly used in mosquito misting systems. Pyrethrum is derived from chrysanthemum flowers and is considered a safe insecticide, while permethrin is its synthetic version.
Both insecticides are effective against various pests, including adult mosquitoes. They also prevent the hatching of mosquito eggs, which effectively helps control the population of these pests.
Also, some mosquito misting systems use pyrethroid-based insecticides, which are effective against mosquitoes. Pyrethroids are synthetic pesticides that mimic the effects of natural pyrethrins and are safe to use around humans and animals.
When choosing an insecticide for your mosquito misting system, select one that is specifically labeled for use in mosquito misting systems. Some insecticides are incompatible with the pumps and nozzles used in these systems, leading to clogs and leaks.
You can purchase a misting system from various retailers, including hardware stores, home improvement stores, and online retailers. And prices for a system vary depending on its size and features.
All in all, misting systems can control these pests effectively, but only if used as recommended. Investing in such a system allows you to keep your outdoor space free of pesky pests. That way, you can enjoy your backyard without the constant nuisance.