Safety and Effectiveness

MOSQUITO CONTROL

A mosquito misting system is not a substitute for practicing good mosquito breeding prevention. In addition to using a mosquito misting system you should also make sure to break the mosquito breeding cycle.

  • Be sure to empty standing water in buckets, plastic covers, toys, or any other containers where mosquitoes might breed. Mosquitoes an breed in as little as a thimble full of water.
  • Change water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels, and potted plant trays at least once a week if not more often.
  • Drain or fill temporary pools with dirt.Keep swimming pools treated and circulating and rain gutters unclogged.


PESTICIDE SAFETY

All insecticides should be handled with care, even the plant oil-based insecticides. Always read the product label and use as directed. Prolonged and direct exposure to any insecticide should be avoided. If a person is known to have an allergy to any of the ingredients, exposure should be minimized. The system should be programmed to mist when people and animals are not present. It is best practice to mist only at times when insects are present. Unnecessary misting costs money, wastes insecticide, and does not help the environment. Most installations only require 2 mist cycles a day of approximately 60 seconds each.

We sell Pyrethrins, Permethrins, and Oil Plant-based insecticides

Pyrethrins (pyrethrum), Permethrin, and Plant Oil based insecticides

  • Pyrethrins (pyrethrum) - made from the Chysanthemum cinerariifolium, this type of insecticide has been used for hundreds of years. In our modern society, it is generally combined with a synergist such as piperonyl butoxide (PBO) to increase its effectiveness. These two ingredients can be found in some shampoos used to fight lice infestation.
  • Permethrin - a synthetic insecticide, which is often found in flea and tick dips. Even though used on dogs, Permethrin is toxic to cats because their livers are unable to eliminate the permethrin, causing toxic buildup. If you have cats living on your property or that frequent your property we do not recommend using a Permethrin based insecticide in your misting system.
  • Plant-Oil based insecticides - made with oils such as rosemary and wintergreen oil. These type of products have been shown to be effective, but because they are oil based, they can be a bit harder on your equipment and may require increased level of maintenance to keep your system functioning properly.


Both permethrum and permethrin are toxic to aquatic life. If your nozzles are 
in an area where misting solution will enter a lake, pond, or other body of water containing aquatic life, do not use Pyrethrum or Permethrin based insecticide within 125 feet of the area. If your area is susceptible to windy conditions, we recommend purchasing an optional wind sensor.


ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY – USEFUL INFORMATION 


Outdoor Residential Misting Systems

Risk Assessment on use of Pyrethrum in residential misting systems

Risk Assessment on use of PBO in residential misting systems

Citizen Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety Pesticide Safety

Pesticide Safety Tips

Pesticide Emergency First Aid Guidelines