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Mosquito Fogging vs Mosquito Misting

Mosquitoes are one of the worst pests around. They swarm, they bite, they can spread disease and they are difficult to get rid of. They can lay eggs in inconspicuous places and even if the live population dies off in colder weather, it won’t necessarily affect the next generation waiting to hatch when it warms up again. So how do you approach the problem if you have a mosquito infestation in your yard? Two of the most common methods of controlling the mosquito population are mosquito fogging and mosquito misting. If you think these sound very similar, you are right, so let’s take a look at what the differences actually are.

What is Mosquito Fogging?

Mosquito fogging uses a machine to pump out a “fog” of mosquito control substances over your yard, concentrating on areas where mosquitoes are likely to congregate and breed, such as bushes, grass and areas of stagnant water. The droplets are tiny and, while blanketing the area, they might not target the affected areas as accurately as misting. Fogging treatment is effective at eliminating mosquitoes for a short period of time.

What is Mosquito Misting?

Mosquito misting uses a similar technique to mosquito fogging but a different substance is used which is more effective at eliminating the mosquito eggs. While fogging will be effective against any live populations of mosquitoes, misting will also target the eggs before they have hatched. The droplets in the mist are larger than those used in fogging, so will hit their targets more effectively. Misting systems can also be set up in your yard to regularly spray mosquito control treatments, in a similar way to water sprinklers. These can be set to go off whenever the mosquitoes are out in full force, however, it will only affect the bugs within reach of the nozzles.

Which Mosquito Control Service Should I Use?

Good question. There are pros and cons to both misting and fogging but the general rule is that mosquito fogging is great for short-term mosquito elimination: think outdoor event or party. Mosquito misting is more effective as a long-term mosquito prevention and elimination service so it really depends on the time-frame and reason why you might need the mosquito control service.

If you need any advice, just call the professionals at H2 Pest Control. We can assess your individual situation and help with any mosquito control issues you may have!