Do-It-Yourself Mosquito Misting

Mist spraying is especially useful for large areas as well as residential places.

Mosquitoes carry diseases.Mosquitoes carry diseases.
Both adult mosquitoes and their larva respond to the misting procedure. The fine mist goes out faster than either fog or aerosol applications of insecticide. When misting grasses, weeds, playgrounds or outbuildings, apply the mist at dawn or dusk. For residential areas apply just before people arrive. Never apply when the wind is blowing more than 10 miles per hour. Wind, rain, high temperature, sun and the rate of plant growth affects the longevity of the mist.

Educate yourself on the type of insecticides safe for the home environment. Check the county extension service for educational classes, brochures or phone hot lines for information on insecticides that are safe and legal to use in your area.

Find the areas with the largest population of mosquitoes. Tall grass, crawlspaces and low areas that hold water are some of the places to check.

Purchase a mist blower. They come in hand-held models and models that attach to the back of a riding lawn mower. Blowers are available at hardware and home improvement stores.

Follow the directions on the insecticide label for mixing the liquid for the mist blower. Do not change the mixture because the mix has been tested and approved according to FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regulations for safety.

Follow the manufacturer's directions for loading the insecticide into the blower. Put on a mask and mist the areas that are densely inhabited.

Wash painted areas such as cars, boats, trailers or wood as soon as possible after misting because the mist can damage paint.

Things You Will Need

  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Mist blower
  • Insecticide
  • Mask

Tips

  • Reapply after a heavy rain.
  • Cut the tall grass before misting.

About the Author

Addie Protivnak is at home in Coden, Ala., and has written internet how-to articles since 2008. Protivnak has published in the Master Gardener “Dirt” as well as the “Alabama Garden Pathways." She attended Faulkner State College where her course base was writing , literature and art.