Mosquito Sprays & Electric Zappers
Best Ways to Control Mosquitoes
New England residents have many management options to control mosquitoes around the home. Because mosquitoes, like other insects, are susceptible to the toxic substances in insecticides, spraying the chemicals on turf around a structure is one popular method of managing large populations.
Using insecticide active ingredients like permethrin and pyrethrum, mosquito sprays eliminate the adult flying insects on contact. Homeowners can apply mosquito sprays manually or via misting systems that discharge pesticides automatically and intermittently throughout the day.
Ineffectiveness of Mosquito Sprays
Despite the popularity and availability of commercial pesticides, mosquito sprays rank among the least effective methods of controlling and eliminating the insects. The chemicals contained in the sprays can adversely affect all insects, including ones that naturally prey on and control mosquito populations.
Furthermore, sprays do not guarantee complete elimination of mosquito problems, as some types of mosquitoes exhibit resistance to insecticides. Additionally, the equipment needed to dispense mosquito sprays over substantial outdoor areas often proves expensive and complicated to use.
At best, mosquito sprays represent a short-term solution ideal for providing temporary relief. Professional pest control experts possess the knowledge and resources to implement the comprehensive, integrated strategies necessary for effective long-term management of mosquitoes.
In addition to traditional pesticide sprays, another common DIY mosquito control tactic involves using mechanical tools like electric zappers. Each year, American consumers purchase nearly 2 million electric zappers due to the ability of the device to eliminate thousands of insects per day.
As the name suggests, electric zappers work by attracting mosquitoes and fatally electrocuting the insects. The ease of use and presumed effectiveness of electric zappers undoubtedly contribute to the growing popularity of the novel approach to mosquito management.
Ineffectiveness of Electric Mosquito Zappers
Electric zappers, however, largely under perform when tested in controlled experiments. In a pair of studies undertaken by independent academic researchers, the actual number of mosquitoes caught in electric zappers ranged from just four to seven-percent of all insects captured.
Furthermore, many of the insects snared in the electrocuting traps are natural predators of mosquitoes. Thus, electric zappers may actually counteract the very effects the devices are designed to produce. For optimal results in a mosquito control program, New England homeowners and residents should take advantage of the expertise and experience of a pest control professional.