While ridding the yard of mosquito breeding sites is a terrific prevention strategy, it may not be enough. Debris in your own yard may be under your control, but you may not be able to do anything about that stagnant pond or brush pile in your neighbor’s yard. Or maybe you don’t have the time to manually treat the yard with EcoTreat Outdoor Pest Control once a month. Whatever the reason, there’s another strategy for controlling mosquitoes.
The war plan of all war plans for killing mosquitoes is to install an automatic mosquito misting system. They’re becoming increasingly popular among home and business owners, especially with the spike in West Nile this year.
People aren’t taking any chances when it comes to preventing mosquito bites. And there’s hardly a shortage of mosquito misting system providers nationwide. Most companies will provide a free consultation in which they’ll draw up a scheme tailored for your unique property. The mosquito systems generally consist of a 55 gallon drum that contains insecticide, an attached motor and pump to automate and propel the insecticide, and sprinkler heads installed in the yard. They spray automatically for roughly 3-45 seconds, 2-3 times per night and the settings can be controlled by the home or business owner. The idea is to “set it—then forget it.”
And it’s a great idea. Except for one little hiccup: the kind of pesticides they use!
Most companies offer only permethrin, pyrethrin, and pyrethrum pesticides to go inside the tanks, claiming these are safe because they come from chrysanthemum flowers. But just because something is derived from nature doesn’t mean it’s safe. After all, everything we make and use comes from nature; gasoline comes from crude oil, and batteries come from—well, lots of components: nickel-plated steel, graphite, zinc, and potassium hydroxide. Anyway, you get the idea.
Permethrin is a synthetic pyrethroid, and pyrethroids are classified as neurotoxins. The EPA also classifies this chemical as a carcinogen even though they regulate it as “safe” in label-recommended doses. Not only is it dangerous, but also it’s increasingly demonstrating to be ineffective against pests; high levels of resistance have been measured in roaches and lice.
Pyrethrum and pyrethrins are the most frequently used for treating homes and lawns. The Journal of Pesticide Reform says, “According to the EPA survey of poison control centers, [pyrethrums and pyrethrins] cause more insecticide poisonings than any other class of insecticides except the organophosphates.” Which ones are the organophosphates? The subject of our last blog! DEET is the most notorious organophosphate. When it seeps into the skin it’s been shown to damage DNA in human cells and can even be passed from expectant mother to unborn child.
Any pesticide could be used in these drums: DEET, pyrethroids, or completely non-toxic alternatives. Wondercide’s lawn pesticide EcoTreat is approved for use in mosquito systems or lawn irrigation system. There’s no wait-time after it’s been sprayed, and it will dissolve insect eggs and larvae as well as killing flying mosquitoes. For the ultimate war plan in the battle against mosquito bites, especially with the spike in West Nile, why not try a non-toxic, eco-friendly solution in your mosquito system?