An increasing number of households have purchased timed-release outdoor residential mosquito misting systems to control mosquitoes and other insects around the home. However, advertisers, the media, and other sources sometimes provide information about mosquito misting systems that is difficult to understand or might conflict with other information. This fact sheet page will help consumers:
- Decide if residential pesticide misting systems are appropriate for their home
- Understand safety precautions about using outdoor misting systems
- Find related information on Integrated Pest Management -- using a variety of methods for mosquito control
- Understand the role of the US EPA and state agencies in regulating misters
Check your instruction manual or contact the manufacturer if you have questions about how to operate or maintain your home misting system. What are outdoor residential misting systems? Mosquito Mister installed in fencing. Kansas State University Outdoor residential misting systems (sometimes called "mosquito misters") are application systems designed to spray pesticides in a fine mist to kill mosquitoes and other insects outdoors. Misting systems include spray nozzles that are mounted around the perimeter of a home in the lawn or landscaping, or on parts of the house or fence. The spray nozzles are connected by tubing to a supply of insecticide.
Some misting systems may be turned on at preset intervals using a timer. Others may be turned on using a remote controller, while others may be activated using a switch. What pesticides are used in the misting systems? The insecticide products most often used in outdoor residential misting systems contain pyrethrins and permethrin. These products may also contain piperonyl butoxide. To be sure what type of insecticide you are using, check the list of active ingredients on the container label.
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