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Outdoor residential misting systems (including mosquito misting systems)

An increasing number of households have purchased timed-release outdoor residential misting systems to control mosquitoes and other insects around the home. However, advertisers, the media, and other sources sometimes provide information about 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

Check your instruction manual or contact the manufacturer if you have questions about how to operate or maintain your home misting system.
Please note, this page does not address use of misting systems in livestock barns, boat docks, or in or around restaurants, factories, or other public spaces. More information about regulating and use of pesticides.

What are outdoor residential misting systems?

Mosquito Mister installed in fencing. Kansas State Univeristy
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.

When using a system:

  • Do not apply the pesticide when people, pets, or foods are present.
  • Set automatic timers for times when people and pets are unlikely to be sprayed.
  • Only use the system when pests are most active. For example, certain varieties of mosquitoes are most active in the early morning and evening hours.
  • Avoid using the system during high wind (>10 mph), rainfall, fog, or when outside air temperatures fall below 50 Fahrenheit or other times when insects are generally not active.
  • Obtain and READ the pesticide label to know the pesticide precautions and its appropriate use in the system.
  • Be aware of the maximum daily rate specified on the product label and how your system operates.
  • Be a good neighbor - some neighbors may have sensitivities to the pesticides or object to drift of chemicals onto their property.
  • Avoid damage or misuse from a leaking or malfunctioning system - regularly maintain and inspect it.
  • Turn the system off when not needed for extended periods of time.

Source:http://www.epa.gov/opp00001/factsheets/misting_systems.htm#install_mistsystem

 
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