Mosquito Fogging Vs. Misting
Most of us associate mosquitoes with summertime heat and muggy humidity. Unfortunately, these pests can hang around well into late fall, and even winter in certain locations.
Although dropping temperatures may harm live populations, eggs can still survive until the warmer season comes around. If you are experiencing a mosquito infestation, waiting for cooler temperatures won't be as effective as you would hope. Professional mosquito pest control is needed to effectively eliminate these dangerous bugs.
There’s a variety of mosquito control methods, and the information can be fairly daunting. Fogging and misting are the two most common methods of mosquito control. The differences seem to be difficult to distinguish, so how do you know which one is best? Both have their advantages, but only one is the right fit for your yard.
In this article, you can learn the ins and outs of both mosquito fogging and misting, and hopefully come to a conclusion on what would be the best fit for you and your property. We’ll outline the good and the bad of both fogging and misting and we hope it provides some clarity in deciding the best fit for you.
How Fogging Works
There are a few different types of mosquito fogging machines because different temperatures allow the chemicals to reach further. The fogging machine is filled with an insecticide and spread throughout your yard as a fog with tiny little droplets. This substance is oil-based, and the particles are sprayed in the spots that mosquitoes are most likely to come from, like shady bushes, freshly watered grass, and places where stagnant water is most likely to collect. These are also where they are likely to breed, and thus would be the ideal place to start spraying. Targeting them at the source is most important so that we have the upper hand against the swarm.
The Pros Of Fogging
- Fogging machines have been proven 90% effective, though the effects are limited and last for only a few days.
- Fogging is often used for events and parties like weddings, and sometimes for outdoor seating in restaurants.
- The effects of the fogging service will last up to 72 hours, which is usually ideal for events and gatherings that occur outdoors and need a quick fix to keep them away for a limited amount of time.
The Cons Of Fogging
The biggest problem with fogging is that it cannot kill larvae or eggs. When fogging solutions are sprayed, mosquitoes flying or sitting in the path of the spray will certainly die. But any eggs waiting to hatch will be unaffected, and then the population can quickly resurge.
Additionally, fogging cannot target mosquitoes that are hidden deep in foliage or other resting areas. While fogging is considered safe for pets and humans, the spray is often heavy and strong-smelling which may be unpleasant for many individuals.
Other cons of fogging:
- The effectiveness drops drastically the days following the initial spray, this is for multiple reasons. The particles tend to drift off with the wind, and the chemicals used make the particles less durable than expected.
- Fogging is not a long-term solution for halting the reproductive cycle of mosquitoes and most likely employs EC or an oil-based formulation of pyrethrin with added synergists, which is not nearly as durable or as safe as a product that is microencapsulated. Like what we use in our misting solution.
- It often has a strong smell that is hard to ignore. You are at the mercy of whatever adjuvants are there to help the compound fog, which is typically an unpleasant burning mineral oil scent.
- The product is largely oil-based, which could potentially damage surfaces or have strange, unpredictable reactions to items around the house, especially stained wood.
- Fogging tends to move and drift further than a mist due to the droplets being smaller in size than the misting particles.
- The fog can be more agitating to pets because of the heated fog used for application.
How Misting Works
Misting, like fogging, is highly effective. However, it lasts longer and targets the eggs of the mosquitoes better because of what is used. The misting solution is water-based and sprayed in the spots where mosquitoes will most likely reside, like shady bushes, in the damp grass, or anywhere on your property where stagnant water can collect. This neutralizes the threat and targets the entirety of the mosquito population in your yard, regardless of where they are in their life cycle. This is the only way to ensure that they will not come back stronger.
The Pros Of Misting
- Misting leaves no residue or stain when it comes in contact with your surfaces because it is water-based.
- Being water-based also allows the misting technique to use freshwater, which means it is virtually odorless and will not leave a looming scent on your property. As long as the water base is clean, the smell is clean.
- Mosquito misting is more natural and kid and pet friendly than fogging because fogging requires quite a bit more safety precautions.
- The products used in misting are microencapsulated, making the particles far more durable and gives them a better chance at withstanding wind and rainfall.
- The product makeup used in misting is slow-releasing, meaning that the infestation does not just feel the effects once when sprayed. Instead, they are constantly and consistently feeling the effects even weeks or even months after the initial spray.
- Misting creates the ideal size droplets for both effectiveness and longevity.
The Cons Of Misting
- Misting requires a professional to come and apply the product, which requires a set appointment.
- Misting needs to be reapplied due to the life cycles of mosquitoes and to be most effective, it requires ongoing service to keep your yard mosquito-free. Luckily, Saela provide free re-servicing and incredibly attentive and effective staff allowing you to relax and enjoy your yard.
When comparing misting and fogging side by side, it’s obvious that misting is the superior method for lasting results. Fogging is just not as reliable and is becoming outdated by the day. At Saela, we handle mosquitoes with industry-leading products. Our iCap technology effectively sticks to the pests’ bodies, allowing them to spread it to other members of the population for complete extermination. The slow-releasing misting system we utilize targets both mature mosquitoes and eggs, preventing any survivors. When you schedule a mosquito exterminator service with Saela, our expert technicians will make a thorough inspection of your property to eliminate sites of standing water.
As a leader in pest control, Saela has access to the newest, most effective pesticide products. Our products are microencapsulated protecting them from the harsh elements so you can remain protected longer. We can both eliminate active infestations and remove eggs and nests to prevent future problems. We have developed a Mosquito Protection Program that is determined to keep the pests away. Your Saela technician will give you a rundown of your mosquito status and how to prevent further population growth. With an initial treatment and additional retreatments from April to October, we can eliminate the mosquitoes around your home for year-round protection.
By providing you with tips on mosquito control and prevention, your Saela service specialist helps understand how to minimize future infestations. We put the work in so you can rest at ease knowing your property is in safe hands. Managing pests can be a headache, but putting it in the care of our professional and well-educated servicemen can alleviate that frustration, so you can focus on enjoying nature.