Hanna at This Garden is Illegal recently reviewed a product called the Mosquito 86:
“As was pitched by the representative of the company, the Mosquito 86 is “a new, innovative way to eliminate mosquitoes in a manner that has previously only been offered through professional mosquito and pest sprayers that use commercial sized foggers or truck-mounted systems.”
I.E. It is commercial grade pesticide.”
First, I want to know why I’m not getting cool free stuff to review! *pouts*
Second, I have to say that this product sounds suspiciously like a portable version of this mosquito mister. It uses a low mist of permethrin. I don’t have a problem with the pesticide itself (it’s safe in low amounts), but this method seems to have some of the same problems as the misters. Primarily, Non-target impacts. It kills everything around, not just mosquitoes.
So bees, butterflies, parasitic and predatory insects, etc. would be killed along with whatever mosquitoes were in the area. If the spray/fog is applied just in the yard, when mosquitoes are present, I can live with that.
I suspect, though, that it will be used prophylactically, and that will lead not only to non-target effects, but increased potential for insecticide resistance. And not just resistance in mosquitoes, but all the pest insects exposed.
It is really a pain to not be able to frolic outdoors without dealing with mosquitoes.
But personally, I’d either stick with DEET, take steps to prevent mosquitoes, or invest in one of these devices for large area control. At least you are only killing the animal you mean to kill.
I’d rather be in my screened-in porch, or wearing my non-stylish mosquito repellent clothing, than have a barren landscape.
- ACMA statement on mosquito misters
- Mosquito prevention
- Mosquito repellent clothing: does it work?
- What’s the best way to repel mosquitoes?
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