Misting Control System

Do Mosquito Misting Systems Really Work?

 

While recent academic studies confirm that mosquito misting systems are extremely effective when mosquito activity is high, the most convincing evidence that this innovative mosquito treatment really works is the explosive growth in the market.

 

Barn fly spray systems or fly control systems have been used to protect expensive racehorses from biting flies for decades. In the late '90s, entrepreneurs in Texas began to adapt this technology for outdoor mosquito control in a residential environment. They convinced a few adventuresome homeowners to try the technology, and awareness of their amazing effectiveness began to grow.

 

Word spread at evening cocktail parties as the owners raved about their new mosquito misting system and their guests realized that they would've been forced to flee indoors if the party had been at their house.

 

From a standing start ten years ago, we estimate there are about 40,000 residential mosquito misting systems and automatic insect control systems currently at work in the U.S. And MistAway Mosquito Misting Systems manufactured systems account for almost half of that figure. You wouldn't see that kind of growth if this innovative approach to outdoor mosquito control weren't truly effective.

Formulations Used in Mosquito Mist Systems

Botanical - Pyrethrin

 

The active ingredient in the formulations most commonly used in outdoor insect control and automated mosquito mist systems is called pyrethrin, which is derived from the extract of a certain variety of chrysanthemum flowers.  Though pyrethrin comes from flowers, it is not completely correct to think of it as either “natural” or “organic” because it is highly refined and contains a man-made “synergist” that increases its effectiveness.  When applied in a mist, pyrethrin flushes mosquitoes from foliage where they harbor and then impairs their nervous system.  Shortly after application, the pyrethrin is rapidly degraded by sunlight, and leaves the yard free of residue.

 

The most common pyrethrin formulation used in mosquito mist systems is called Riptide.
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Man-Made Botanical – Permethrin

Scientists have developed a synthetic variant of pyrethrin, called permethrin, that has most of the same characteristics as pyrethrin.  An important difference is that the man-made permethrin is not as readily destroyed by sunlight and leaves a longer lasting residue.  This can be desirable if the mosquito activity is very high or in an application – like an outdoor restaurant - where the mosquito mist system should not run during the dusk cycle because people are around.

 

The Safety of Mosquito Misting Treatment Formulations

 

Natural pyrethrin and synthetic permethrin are the most common formulations used in misting-based mosquito treatment. They are among the least poisonous insecticides to mammals, and are important ingredients in products commonly found in most homes, like household aerosols and pet shampoos.

 

While they are low in toxicity to people and pets, it is not a good idea to come into close or frequent direct contact with the mist. Inhalation can cause respiratory problems (coughing, wheezing, etc.) and skin contact can cause a rash or itching. That's why on every Mist Away Mosquito Misting System, you'll see a Caution sign that reads "Do not mist in the presence of people, pets or food."

 

The U.S. EPA has recently published its findings of a review of pyrethrin and permethrin a used in automated residential mosquito misting systems:

  • "Based on its assessment, using toxicity data and exposure estimates, EPA does not expect risks of concern to humans when these chemicals are used in outdoor residential systems according to labeling specific for use in these systems. However, excessive use or accidents may pose risks. No pesticide should be regarded as 100% risk free."

 

 

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