Are mosquitoes ruining your summer fun? Did you know that these biting insects stick around until well into October and will be back in April in the Houston area? They’re not going away any time soon. So you’re thinking about mosquito treatment and wondering about a one-time yard treatment vs. installing an automatic mosquito misting system to prevent mosquitos. Here’s what you need to know.
What Is a One-Time Mosquito Treatment?
A one-time yard treatment spray for mosquitos works by breaking the mosquito life cycle.
Mosquitos wander from yard to yard looking for an egg-laying location like an uncleaned gutter, fishless garden ponds with a broken pump, or french drain. As you know, those eggs hatch into larvae, commonly called wrigglers. These products keep wrigglers from progressing to adulthood.
How Is It Applied?
Typically a pest control technician will walk around your yard spraying bushes and trees. Non-toxic granules are also placed in standing water like french drains that we can’t empty.
This substance makes your property unhospitable for feasting, socializing, or reproducing (for mosquitoes), so the mosquitoes go elsewhere.
How Effective Is It?
The effectiveness of a one-time spray will wear off, so you need spraying once a month to keep the population down if you use this method alone. But you can combine a one-time treatment with mosquito-repelling granules for a longer-term solution.
Is It Safe?
Texas-approved products are considered people and pet-safe. Depending on the product used, this also doesn’t harm helper insects like butterflies and bees because it targets mosquito larvae directly. But be sure to ask what they’re using.
We use a product made out of garlic for our one-time treatments. Yes, the kind in your kitchen. Mosquitoes hate this stuff. But helpful pollinators and other wildlife don’t notice it.
What Is a Mosquito Lawn Spray System?
An electronic mosquito misting system works by spraying a fine mist that kills and prevents mosquito larvae from hatching. Professionals usually mount this system around the perimeter of your property to keep out or kill mosquitos. It’s also known as a mosquito misting system or mosquito mister.
How Are They Installed?
The spray nozzles are often hidden in lawn structures, landscaping, or a fence and are connected via hidden tubes to a continual supply of insecticide. Most run on a timer and can be remotely controlled to spray off-schedule as needed.
When Is It Used?
Once installed, a mosquito mister is a permanent technology that keeps the population down significantly. It can run year-round, as needed.
If you’re wondering, you can time the misting so that it happens while you, the kids, and the dog are safe inside. The mist can then disperse or sink before you go out.
Is It Safe?
According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), misters do not pose a risk to humans when the state-regulated pesticide regulations are followed correctly. These types of pesticides do not interact with people and pets in the way they do with mosquitoes.
Will a Mosquito System Kill Bees or Harm Other Animals?
Depending on the product used, both types of mosquito elimination may harm helpful insects, so we encourage you to ask before letting someone spray something in your yard.
We use pyrethroids, which are chemically similar to a substance produced by chrysanthemum flowers. Just like any flowering plant, chrysanthemums need pollinating insects to multiply, so they would not make something that kills or repels helpful pollinators. We’ve chosen this butterfly and bee-friendly product for this reason.
Mosquitos, on the other hand, really do not like this stuff.