Mosquitos arenâ€™t just pests that leave itchy bites on your arms and legs. They can also spread a variety of diseases, including some that are fatal!
Do you have a mosquito problem on your property? Are you tired of slapping and swatting these irritating insects away? If so, keep reading.
We are breaking down some warning signs you need to watch for and explaining the two most common mosquito control solutions, fogging and misting.
This information will help you decide which option is right for you.
Signs You Need to Look into Mosquito Control Solutions
Most people are aware when a mosquito is flying around them.
However, itâ€™s not always clear if youâ€™re dealing with a bonafide mosquito infestation that needs professional intervention.
Unsure? Here are some warning signs to watch for:
- You have standing water on your property (mosquitos love standing water, especially females who need a place to lay their eggs)
- You hear a constant, high-pitched buzzing sound
- You have a lot of shady areas on your property (mosquitos generally prefer shade to the sun)
- You and your family are getting bit often
Most people who live in humid areas like Houston and Austin can check at least a couple of these boxes. If you notice any mosquito infestation warning signs, itâ€™s time to reach out to a pest control professional and talk about your mosquito control options.
Mosquito Control Options: Fogging vs Misting
Could you try and get rid of mosquitos all on your own?
Technically, yes. You probably wonâ€™t see the kinds of results youâ€™re hoping for, though.
Professionals have access to more effective solutions and can assess your property to help you choose the right one for you.
Of all the different types of professional management solutions you can turn to during mosquito season, fogging and misting are two of the most popular.
Outlined below is a description of each option, plus some pros and cons.
What Is Mosquito Fogging?
When performing mosquito fogging services, a pest control technician will wear a power backpack fogging machine.
They use this device to administer a fog (hence, the name) of chemicals across your property, paying particular attention to the areas where mosquitoes are most likely to be found.
Mosquito Fogging Pros and Cons
Pro: Fast Treatment
On average, it only takes about 30 minutes for mosquito fogging treatments (some properties may take longer to treat depending on their size). Pest control technicians can get in and get out very quickly so you can get on with your day.
Pro: Fast Results
Most people see results almost instantly after having their yards treated with mosquito fogging solutions. Itâ€™s also easy to see results because technicians offer highly targeted services and pay attention to areas that contain the highest concentrations of mosquitos.
Pro: Safe for People and Pets
The best pest control technicians only use chemicals that are safe for people and pets. They wonâ€™t cover your property with toxic substances that could harm your family or beloved animals.
Con: Regular Touch-Ups Needed
Most properties require spraying every 7-21 days to keep mosquitos at bay.
Because mosquito fogging services are so efficient and effective, most people donâ€™t mind paying for regular visits from pest control technicians. This point is worth keeping in mind, though, so you can plan and budget accordingly.
What Is Mosquito Misting?
Mosquito misting uses a professionally installed system for controlling mosquito populations. Instead of walking through your yard and manually spraying it, professionals will install nozzles, as well as a central unit and lines that supply those nozzles with mosquito repellent.
This system allows for hands-off mosquito removal. It will go off regularly throughout the day to keep mosquitos at bay. You also have access to a remote control so that you can set off extra sprays easily as needed.
Mosquito Misting Pros and Cons
Pro: Set-It-and-Forget-It Mosquito Control
One of the best things about mosquito misting is that you donâ€™t have to do anything.
You also donâ€™t have to worry about scheduling follow-up appointments when technicians. Theyâ€™ll set up the system and set it to go off at regular intervals.
From here, you can simply sit back, relax, and enjoy a pest-free yard.
Pro: Fast Results
Like mosquito fogging, mosquito misting systems also yield fast results. Most people notice a reduction in mosquitos right away, so they can spend more time outdoors without worrying about bites from these pesky bugs.
Pro: Minimal Maintenance
You donâ€™t have to worry much about maintaining your mosquito misting system. Theyâ€™re easy to use and install, and if anything does go wrong, you can simply contact the pest control company for help.
Con: May Be a Bigger Investment Upfront
The upfront cost of a mosquito misting system may be higher than mosquito fogging. For many people, though, the cost is worth it since they can worry less about maintenance and still reap the benefits of a mosquito-free property.
Mosquito Prevention Is a Must
Both mosquito fogging and mosquito misting can be beneficial when it comes to controlling mosquito infestations on your property. In addition to choosing an effective control tactic, though, itâ€™s also important to put a mosquito maintenance plan in place.
When you work with a pest control professional, theyâ€™ll help you come up with a schedule for regular treatment. Consistent fogging or misting treatments can work wonders when it comes to managing mosquitoes and preventing them from taking over your property.
They may also recommend some other practices you can implement in between treatments, such as making your property more inviting to mosquito predators (such as bats or swallows) or eliminating standing water.
Donâ€™t forget, itâ€™s much more cost-effective to maintain a mosquito-free property than it is to get rid of a whole swarm of mosquitos once they show up and take over once more.
Schedule Mosquito Control Services Today
Do you need help with mosquito control on your property? If so, fogging and misting can both be effective solutions.
Keep the pros and cons listed above in mind so you can choose the right fit for you.
Need more guidance? Want to move forward with treating your yard? Contact us at Third Coast Home and Commercial Services today to schedule an inspection appointment.