- Posted by haggerty
- On December 26, 2012
- boca raton, insecticides, integrated pest management, misting systems, mosquitoes, pest control, South Florida
More and more homeowners here in the South Florida area are turning to misting systems for mosquito control. These timed-release outdoor residential systems are an effective solution when used as part of an integrated pest management strategy.
Sometimes referred to as mosquito misters, these insecticide application systems employ spray nozzles placed around the home and/or property. Attached tubing connects to a nearby pesticide source, releasing a mist to kill mosquitoes and other insects in the outdoor environment around your home. A system may be regulated by a pre-set timer to automatically turn on and off at certain times. Some systems are controlled with a remote or wall switch.
Read labels carefully
Only minimal-risk insecticide chemicals are used in outside home misting systems, including permethrin, pyrethrins and sometimes piperonyl butoxide. Still, there are requirements you must follow when the products are used on your property. Look for this information on the product label:
- Proper handling
- Allowable application rates
- Safety precautions to protect individuals and the environment
- Correct usage — It’s against the law to use a product in a misting system if the label specifically forbids it. Florida’s pesticide regulation agency is the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.
Misting and more
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the EPA and most pest control industry experts, a combined approach — called Integrated Pest Management (IPM) — is recommended for effective mosquito control.
Along with residential misting systems, be sure to practice these other important parts of environmentally sensitive/protective IPM:
- Eliminate standing water around the house, including tiny amounts in plant saucers, bird baths, old tires and similar receptacles.
- Destroy mosquito larvae by draining water before they surface as adults, reducing the need for insecticide. This early intervention is more effective than trying to control a mobile adult population.
- Report possible mosquito sources that you notice to the health department. Community involvement is crucial for effective pest management in mosquito-prone climates like ours.
Questions about misting systems? Contact the local experts at Haggerty Pest Control, serving the community since 1985. Visit our website to learn more or just give us a call.
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