We have had very crazy weather in Arizona and some of the other southwest states. One day it is extremely hot, the next day it is flooded. All these changes bring mosquitoes into our outdoor environment, in the USA there are several diseases transmitted by mosquito bites such as:
Mosquito Misting Systems
According to The United States Environmental Protection Agency you can use misting systems in combination with pesticides, however, we recommend you more about this directly from the source by following this link.
What pesticides are used in the misting systems?
The insecticide products most often used in outdoor residential misting systems contain pyrethrins and permethrin. These products may also contain piperonyl butoxide. To be sure what type of insecticide you are using, check the list of active ingredients on the container label. Certain minimal risk pesticides may also be used in some misting systems. Although not regulated by EPA, many states do regulate these pesticides. Check with your state agency EXIT about any requirements or warnings you need to be aware of before you use the pesticide. EPA has not evaluated the potential risk or effectiveness of these minimal risk chemicals in misting systems. It is illegal to use a pesticide in a misting system if the pesticide label contains a prohibition against use in these systems.
The Label Is The Law
- Pesticide labels provide instructions about proper handling, use, and application rates of the product, and precautions to protect people and the environment.
- Label directions are derived from scientific testing by manufacturers and evaluation by EPA scientists to ensure that products can be used with minimal risk to people and the environment.
- READ THE LABEL FIRST!
Instructions on how to use Blood Sucker Bug Repellent.
There is a lot of research looking into the effectiveness of natural, plant based repellents. One study has found Catnip essential oil to be especially effective."Researchers report that Nepetalactone, the essential oil in Catnip that gives the plant its characteristic odor, is about ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET- the compound used in most commercial insect repellents." -Science DailyWe use Catnip in this recipe, along with other essential oils that have a good reputation for repelling insect pests.