I sure hope everyone is enjoying the slow warming process…seems that last year we went from 32 degrees one day, to 99 degrees the next…and, that’s hard on us “winter weight challenged” outside workers!!! Well, we all have heard that April showers bring May Flowers… I’m thinking it should be April showers bring May-quitoes!!! So, in this article you are going to learn about options and activities that you can perform or have completed, to minimizing their activity on your property.

There are some over the counter products that you can apply to your property for short-term effectiveness. But, you must read the label and apply accordingly. Some of these products cannot be sprayed on certain plants and need to be sprayed at certain times of the day and sometimes several days prior to being outside so that protection can be obtained. Additionally, you will need to re-apply these products quite frequently. The ability to apply and utilize this area on the same day sometimes does not meet your expectations. Additionally, you should always eliminate areas of standing water…plant containers, buckets, clean out gutters, etc. Heavy foilage should be thinned to allow for good air circulation.

Ok Cary, I keep hearing about these “misting systems”…what are they all about? First off, let’s all agree that a Spider System, Mosquito System, and an Automated Insect Control system are all the same. The operating unit, tubing, nozzles, and the approved insecticides are all the same. The only difference is where and how they are designed and installed.

The spider system is designed to be installed under the eaves to minimize spider accumulation and webbing build-up. The key to a successful “spider system”, in my opinion, is the location of the nozzles…generally 6-8 feet apart. (And, be prepared to still have webbing) The “spider system” works by controlling the flying insects that they feed on as well as killing the spider when it comes in contact with the product. However, the system is not operating 24 hours a day, therefore total control of spiders utilizing the system will not be obtained. Conventional pest control applications, mechanical alterations and web removal will greatly assist in minimizing the spider population.

The Mosquito Misting system is designed and installed to protect a specific area from invading mosquitoes. For instance, a deck area, patio, play area, around the pool, or a combination of any of these areas. Identification of the areas you would like to spend more time in without fighting off mosquitoes. Once the “area” is determined the system is designed so that you can obtain maximum protection while enjoying these areas. Can you expect to encounter zero mosquitoes? No. But, you will be amazed at just how few mosquitoes you will see, and you can expect to spend more time outside without taking a bath in OFF or lighting torches. For those of you that live around the lake, the system works great at controlling the “lake flies”, as well. Let me also say that if you are the type of person that “always” gets eaten up by mosquitoes no matter what you put on, the chances are that this will not completely solve that problem either…sorry. (Some individuals just attract mosquitoes more than others… I can’t explain it…they just like you…you’re their type (A/B or O)) Another feature of the misting system is that they have a remote control. This will allow you to operate your system just before you go outside and give you that extra protection.

Mosquito Misting Systems will meet and exceed all of your expectations. Furthermore, it eliminates your having to remember when you last treated; it eliminates bringing everyone back inside while you go spray or fog the area and then wait for the product to dry or dissipate; it eliminates candles, torches, and drenching the kids in repellants. Remember the thought you had when you finally decided to have a sprinkler system installed and stop dragging the hoses…”I wished I had done that years ago”…well, you will say the same thing when a properly installed Mosquito Misting System is installed on your property.

All of these systems are designed to operate like a sprinkler system. There is a controller that has a clock, that is programmed to operate at specified times, for a specified amount of time. Generally, they are programmed to come on at times when you are not outside and only operate for 30-45 seconds. There are only a few products labeled for usage in these systems. You cannot put just any product in the system.

In closing, we installed a system for my neighbor. They like to sit on the front porch to read the paper and visit and sip an adult beverage (in the evening). Before the system they had to do all those other things (you know…bath in OFF, light the torches, etc.) before they went outside and were still run indoors before they wanted to leave…now they spend more time rocking, sipping and talking in the great outdoors of their front porch. If you would like to spend more time outdoors with those you love then give us a call, maybe we can make that happen.

Until next time, if you’re tired of ”swatin, stompin and throwin” things (at bugs)…give us a call…we’ll Chase’em away …to your neighbors. We are a full service pest control company providing general pest, termite, rodent and misting system services to homes and offices in Montgomery County. If we can assist you with any insect related issue, please give us a call or email me at chasepestcontrol@consolidated.net.