Are you familiar with NextDoor? It’s a social network for neighborhoods. It can be full of good information – local business referrals, new restaurant openings and who knows how many dogs, cats, turtles and rabbits that it has reunited!n Well, just like all social media, it can also be full of debate. Earlier this week I saw a post where someone very adamantly stated misting systems don’t work and people should not invest in them.
Wow. That’s a pretty cut and dried statement.
I’m sure there are indeed some systems that don’t work but it likely has less to do with the system and more to do with either the way it was installed or the products being used in them. Back in the early 2000s, I was one of the first guys installing mosquito misting systems. Those systems seemed to work very well and most customers – at least those that could afford those early versions – were pleased.
But that was nearly 20 years ago. You probably aren’t using ANY of the same technology that you used 20 years ago, are you? Your cell phone, your laptop – heck, even your cleaning supplies have likely changed in 20 years.
As we’ve talked about before mosquitos build up resistance very quickly. Because those early stage systems spray chemicals they simply are less effective. In turn, those companies, typically, will spray four or five times the legal limit of the chemicals to try and do the job.
My all-natural solution and is a repellent, not a killer. The mosquitoes are not likely to build up resistance to it so it will continue to work for years and years without increasing the amount you have to distribute. Oh, and PS it does not harm beneficial insects either. Read more about that in last month’s blog!
Will your repellent work in my system?
Yes, but you may have to adjust some nozzle placements. Chemical sprays are killers and they surround the perimeter and spray to the middle to strangle any insects. If your existing nozzles are around the perimeter, even if you simply convert to Mosquito Steve products, you could actually push the mosquitoes toward the middle! We recommend that nozzles focus on removing pests from the areas where you spend the most time, like patios, pools, and playground areas and push outward.
Is a misting system all I need to protect my family from mosquitoes?
For most yards, yes. For others, like those that that are heavily wooded, it may also take yard spraying. The yard spraying helps to eliminate landing, hiding and harboring places for insects in shrubs and under furniture. In fact, the very furniture you lounge in may be the place where they are hiding! That is why we always recommend spraying under the furniture well. We have a do-it-yourself hose end spray product, but we also have service providers, the same ones that install systems, that can spray your yard. We also have granules coming soon! They can be sprinkled around places where you don’t mist and can save you the yard spray time and expense.
All of that sounds expensive! Is there anything less expensive?
Yes! Spray yourself (don’t rub it in!) with Mosquito Steve personal repellent. Any misting company that does not also recommend spraying yourself with repellent is not being responsible. This is especially important when mosquitoes are testing positive for West Nile or Zika.
I started this business to change the world and to do that I know that I have to find economical solutions that everyone can afford. My team and I are always are developing new products that deliver better results for less investment.
Soon, we will have
- new, better smelling and more-effective repellent we will be launching very soon. We also have granules, that may do the job along with misting, so you don’t have to yard spray.
- two new sprayers, I hope to have available over the next 18 months. These will provide protection for much less cost than current systems and have tested to work well where current solutions struggle.
Finally, come visit us at EarthX 2018! I will be there as well as some of my trusted partners. We will have product on hand for purchase!