Tired of being bitten by mosquitoes while trying to enjoy your patio or backyard? Then consider a mosquito control system. An automatic misting system will safely remove annoying insects from your yard so that you can spend time outdoors without scratching.
We asked John Dailey, owner of Total Mosquito Control in Houston, Texas, a few questions about installing and using a mosquito control system.
What percentage of mosquitoes are killed by your system?
John Dailey: Most systems can offer 85-95% in the controlled area. This includes all cold-blooded insects, like mosquitoes. Some people choose to go with a more eco-friendly chemical in their system, and these chemicals are a little less strong.
How does a misting system work?
John Dailey: A misting system consists of a reservoir and a delivery system, which consists of a pump, motor, timer, tubing, and nozzles. This system is set up around all areas of your property that need to be sprayed. We can also do a tankless system.
You can set the system to go off automatically at certain times of the day, or use manual valves. You can also create “zones” in your property, which allows you to mist certain areas more often than others. We recommend misting 3-4 times a day for 30-40 seconds. It’s best to mist in the early morning and evening.
What do I do if I need extra spraying?
John Dailey: In the event that you would like additional spray time – such as before an outdoor party – we have a remote control like a garage door opener to cause the system to go off.
What areas in my property are the most important to spray?
John Dailey: Any outdoor spaces that you utilize. Definitely spray around the patio and outdoor kitchen so that you can enjoy that space. Mosquitoes tend to like the shade and sources of water, so it’s important to spray in those areas too.
How long does it take to set up a mosquito misting system?
John Dailey: The average installation takes about 6-8 hours. Once it’s set up, it’s done. We install all of our own systems.
Other Mosquito Control Options
If you have a bug problem in your yard and don’t care for misting, consider a screened porch. You’ll be able to enjoy the air flow from outside without shooing away mosquitoes. Other less convenient, but economical, choices include insect repelling candles or bug spray.