I have a small back yard with a swimming pool. The whole area is about 200ft X 50ft. I paid about a $1000 for mosquito control this year and I think I an do it cheaper and more often by myself. I have contemplated buying a backpack sprayer. Is that overkill? Also, my wife insists on natural insecticides. What would you recommend for this area? Thanks for your help!
No doubt you can do this work yourself. It will save you cost wise but more importantly, I’m certain you’ll get better results if you stay on top of it making sure to treat once every 7-10 days. And I bet you won’t spend $200.00 a year for chemical; it will probably more around $100.00 for a 4-6 month supply. And that’s for the “organic” option. If you were to use a traditional chemical, the cost would be 25-50% less.
So based on the square footage (around 10,000 sq/ft), you won’t be able to use a liquid effectively. You’ll definitely need a mist to get good coverage.
So the “Cadillac” option would be our MIST BLOWER. And it would not be “overkill”. I use mine for misting the house foundation which is much less of an area. But I have an acre lot which is where it really helps. I can treat it all in 7-8 minutes so for your 1/4 acre area? It will take more time to fill the tank then it will to spray! But you’d get great coverage and whats wrong with saving a little time?
A smaller option would be our electric FM6208. Its plenty powerful and would be able to handle the job almost as easy. True you’ll need a long extension cord. But it uses a 1 gallon tank to store mixed chemical, has a volume control knob so you can keep the flow regulated and it will blow the mist almost as far as the mist blower.
As for what to use for chemical? Go with ESSENTRIA IC. It uses food grade components that won’t be a hazard to the local environment yet it works well on flying pests like gnats, mosquitoes and noseeums. Mix 4 oz per gallon of water to start and expect to use about 1 gallon for the whole lot when treating. During the season, expect to fog once a week; once things are under control, every 10-14 days to maintain a pest free air space.
Lastly, if you decide to use a traditional chemical, our 36.8% PERMETHRIN will do the job efficiently. Its odorless, only requires 1 oz per gallon of water (Essentria will use 4 oz per gallon) and the residual will prove to last a bit longer.
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