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There are two main types of mosquito repellents: misting and barrier systems. Misting systems are installed throughout a house and sprays insect-killing chemicals to get rid of mosquitoes as well as prevent them from breeding. Barrier treatments, on the other hand, are laid out by a professional pest control company and is implemented in a yard. Both of these systems have their advantages and disadvantages, but are they equally effective in controlling and preventing mosquitoes?
Comparing misting and barrier systems
It can be hard to know whether you should use a misting system or barrier treatment. Some of the main differences between the two are explained below:
- Coverage: A misting system treats the immediate area around the location of the spray, while a barrier system treats the entire yard. Your entire yard is where the mosquitoes live while they await their food, so barrier systems are generally a more effective means of control.
- Effectiveness: Barrier systems work significantly longer than misting systems. A barrier lasts for 30–60 days, depending on the level of treatment. A misting system only lasts for 10 minutes and needs to be replaced periodically in order for the chemicals to keep working.
- Life cycle of mosquitoes: Misting is useful for killing active mosquito adults within immediate range of the system equipment. This means that mosquitoes out of range will not be affected. The barrier system also kills active adults, but also prevents future adults from emerging. The service is usually combined with larva control treatment so both the adults and larvae are destroyed.
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The dangers of mist systems
There are a number of concerns associated with misting systems. Here are a few to be aware of:
- Misting requires the use of pesticides in and around the home, the levels of which can be potentially hazardous or toxic.
- The system sprays blindly into the supposed infested areas where there may not necessarily be mosquitoes, meaning some chemicals are wasted.
- It can also be argued that there exists a certain level of pesticide resistance, meaning a number of mosquitoes might survive the spray even if they do come into contact with it.
- Misting is not consistent with Integrated Pest Management principles. It is therefore not the optimal method of exterminating pests.
Choosing between mist and barrier systems
When it comes down to it, barrier systems are proven to work better at killing mosquitoes and tend to be a safer method. They also cost less than misting systems and are far more environmentally friendly, meaning you can feel safe and assured about pest control in and around your home. If you’re still confused about which method works best for you, give the experts at Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s a call! We can help you decide which mosquito treatment is best for you and your family.Back to Mosquito Exterminators, Control & Abatement
Mosquito Repellents: Mist vs. Barrier Systems in Virginia
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