PROTECT YOUR FAMILY
If you’ve been outside lately, you’ve probably experienced the frustration of mosquitoes and no-see-ums in your home or backyard. If you’re a business owner, you know the pain of mosquitoes and no-see-ums around your restaurant patio, beach front or boardwalk café.
Look no further to end that frustration. For one of the easiest and most effective way to protect yourself and others from the annoyance of mosquitoes and no-see-ums, join Florida’s very own SWAT Mosquito Team. Protect your home or business with an Automated Mosquito Misting System, custom designed by SWAT Mosquito Systems for you. We offer a mosquito control guarantee unmatched by anyone else!
SWAT'S SOLUTION TO MOSQUITO PROBLEM
PROTECTION BEYOND MOSQUITOES
Our professional mosquito misting system installation and service staff are certified through our extensive online and classroom program, insured and do whatever it takes to ensure the customer is happy. As mosquito control experts, we are aware of West Nile virus, Zika virus and other mosquito-related health risks for those of us who live in the southeastern United States and especially Florida. Let the SWAT Mosquito Misting System defend your home or business against these annoying and potentially dangerous insects.
Stop the battle – with our Mosquito Misting System, you can protect yourself against all of the following:
24/7 ONLINE MONITORING AND SMARTPHONE APP!
REMOTE CONTROL FROM ANDROID OR IPHONE
- – START MIST
- – STOP MIST
- – SKIP NEXT MIST
SEE SYSTEM STATUS
I called Swat due to the mosquito problem in our area. My son is allergic to mosquitos and he was not able to go out and enjoy the outdoors. I called multiple companies but after doing the numbers, Swat was the most reasonably priced for long term use. I am so happy with our decision. What a great company to do business with. The customer service, house call, installation, maintenance etc has all been professional and friendly. They have always been so accommodating and ensured that they stand behind what they are selling. 100% satisfied and highly recommended.
SWAT IN THE NEWS
Living in Florida is great – the sunny skies, warm weather, and tropical breezes. These warm winds and humid conditions, however, are a hotbed for mosquitos, other biting insects, and pests. These nasty creatures can infest the leafy foliage and shrubbery of your yard or business and can quickly deter people from enjoying their time outdoors.
Mosquito misting systems offer home and business owners the chance to reclaim their outdoor spaces and truly make the most out of the beautiful Florida weather. At SWAT Mosquito Systems , we want you to love the outdoors as much as we do. That’s why we provide our customers with the original – and best – mosquito deterring misters available today. We also strive to keep our clients updated on all aspects of our system, as well as the best ways they can keep these biting pests at bay everywhere they go. If you are looking for the most up-to-date and authoritative content on mosquitoes, no-see-ums, and other biting insects, as well as the dangers they pose and the best repellents to keep them away, you’ve come to the right place.
Table of Contents
Mosquito Misting Systems
- What Is a Mosquito Misting System?
- How Do Mosquito Misting Systems Work?
- Who Could Benefit from a Misting System?
- How Effective are Misting Systems?
- What Chemicals Do They Use?
Why Do You Need Mosquito Misting Systems?
- Mosquitoes and Biting Insects
- Mosquito and Insect-Borne Diseases
- Common Mosquito and Insect Treatments
What Sets SWAT’s Mosquito System Apart from the Rest?
- Quality and Craftsmanship
- SWAT Guarantee
- SWAT Warranty
- SWAT Chemicals
If you’ve tried the conventional methods for attempting to control mosquitoes, no-see-ums or any other biting insects with no success, you may be considering a mosquito misting system. But what exactly are these misting systems?
Mosquito misting systems are an outdoor system that emits a fine mist of solution. Misting systems are designed with nozzles positioned across an outdoor space through a series of underground pipes or tubing.
Mosquito misting systems, also known as “mosquito misters,” are designed to spray a fine mist of insecticide at regular intervals. Usually positioned around the perimeter of a yard or outdoor space, they are intended to be activated at preset times and help kill and deter biting insects at the source. Over time, these systems are designed to keep biting insects away, providing long-term, reliable insect control.
Mosquito misters are particularly useful for residential and commercial property owners who like to maximize the use of their outside spaces. Anyone concerned about the aggravation and danger biting insects pose may benefit from a mosquito misting system.
Mosquito misters are specially designed for use around all areas of a home or commercial properties’ exterior spaces, including:
- Outdoor dining or seating areas
- Other outdoor entertainment areas
Mosquito misters provide homeowners and business owners the flexibility to place misting nozzles at intervals that are specially designed to ensure the insecticide entirely covers their perimeter. This flexibility means they are perfect for anyone concerned about their ability to fully enjoy their time outdoors.
How Effective Are They?
Misting systems aren’t a typical mosquito spray or treatment. They are a reliable and effective way to keep biting insects such as mosquitoes, no-see-ums, gnats, wasps, spiders, and other annoying pests at bay.
The threat of the Zika virus and other dangerous illnesses and diseases has put mosquito control back on the radar in Southern Florida. Mosquito misters are so effective because they target the biting insect pests while they rest. When the sun is out, mosquitoes and other bugs are hiding. These pests avoid the bright sun because it dries them out. They prefer to hide in the cool shade of plants and a yard’s perimeter. These misters work so well because they can kill the pests at the source, preventing them from laying their eggs, preventing more biting insects from being born.
While the top misting services use Pyrethrum, which comes from chrysanthemum, other misters use a similar insecticide to other over-the-counter (OTC) sprays. These chemicals contain an ingredient known as petroleum distillate, as well as oils and other solvents, which can be extremely harmful to people, pets and plants.
Petroleum distillate has been shown to have potentially severe health-effects to those who come into contact with the compound. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), these health risks include:
- Chemical pneumonia
- Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease (UCTD) -a systemic auto-immune disease
- Skin irritation
- Light sensitivity
- Impairment of the lung’s function
South Florida is no stranger to pests. It seems as if every living creature on the planet calls the Sunshine State home and thrives here. What, however, are the most prevalent biting insects and stinging pests in South Florida?
According to the University of Florida, the most common biting insects and pests are:
- Biting Flies
- Deer Flies
- Horse Flies
- Fleas and Ticks
- Fire Ants
- Lice and Bedbugs
- Wasps and Bees
Beyond these common causes of concern, other pests, such as roaches, spiders, and beetles are other common pests.
When considering when a mosquito is likely to bite, you need to find which type of mosquito is causing you the problem. The most common varieties of mosquitoes in the United States are the Asian tiger mosquito and the common house mosquito. Asian tiger mosquitoes tend to be most active during the day, whereas the common house mosquito is more active and more likely to bite early in the evening or at night. mosquitoes are less likely to bite at midday, as the sun is at its hottest and brightest, posing a risk of dehydration for mosquitoes.
While South Florida is always rife with mosquitos and other biting insects, there is still a general season where they are most active. In most cases, mosquito in activity ramps up in February, as the moisture and precipitation levels begin to increase around this time.
Where are They Most Prevalent?
While mosquitos tend to live and breed around damp, swampy areas – or anywhere with stagnant water – they are not picky when it comes to location in Florida. This versatility means mosquitos and other biting insects can be found inland near the Everglades and by the beach in equal numbers and intensity.
Mosquitoes are the deadliest creatures on the planet, responsible for more deaths each year than sharks, lions, tigers, bears, and any other ferocious animals you can imagine combined. According to the latest research over 725,000 humans are killed by mosquitoes each year .
Mosquitos are also carriers of many severe and debilitating diseases, which they frequently spread to humans via their bites. Some of the most common mosquito-borne illnesses and conditions include:
Malaria is a dangerous mosquito-borne disease which continues to ravage the developing and tropical world. Before it’s near eradication in the United States through the drainage of swamps and the development of antimalarial medicines, this disease claimed 4,000 lives each year. While malaria poses less of a threat, the danger of malaria is tropical, wet, and humid locations – such as South Florida. This danger still exists. Malaria causes extreme fever, tiredness, headaches, and vomiting in those afflicted, and in severe cases can cause jaundice (or yellowing of the skin), seizures, and coma – eventually leading to death.
Zika virus is something that Floridians are all too aware of. Recently spread to the United States from central Africa, Zika is a mosquito-borne virus which can cause severe congenital disabilities in unborn children. Zika is closely related to both Yellow Fever and the West Nile Virus, and causes symptoms which are typically mild but can develop into autoimmune and neurological complications if left untreated.
West Nile Virus
Like Zika, the West Nile Virus is a mosquito-caused illness that can have severe complications for those infected. While three-quarters of those bitten show no symptoms, and a further 15 to 20 percent experience mild symptoms, one percent of those bitten develop severe, life-threatening symptoms, which include neck stiffness, confusion, and seizures. These symptoms are similar to meningitis and encephalitis.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Eastern Equine Encephalitis, also known as EEE or Triple E, is a disease that causes serious and deadly illness in those infected. While more common in children, adults are still susceptible to it. Depending on the age of the infected person, symptoms of EEE include high fever, headache, altered mental status and cognitive function, photophobia, and seizures. Due to the severe neurological damage caused by the virus, long-term physical and mental impairments including personality disorders, paralysis and seizures are common.
Dengue Fever is a mosquito-borne, tropical illness in which symptoms begin to appear three days to two weeks after the initial bite. The Dengue virus has five distinct types, with infection to that variety resulting in a lifelong immunity, although subsequent infection by a different strain poses a risk for severe complications. Most people infected by Dengue show no symptoms, but 20 percent experience severe symptoms, which include fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, muscle and joint pain, and skin rash.
Yellow fever is a short-course, viral disease which usually offers symptoms such as chills, fever, loss of appetite, nausea and muscle pain – especially in the back. While most symptoms subside within days, the fever quickly returns among the 15 percent of those infected, followed by complications such as jaundice and liver and kidney damage.
Other Illnesses and Diseases
Mosquitoes aren’t the only dangerous pest which can cause illnesses and diseases. Perhaps the most famous – and deadly – disease caused by a pest is Lyme Disease.
When left untreated, Lyme Disease can cause life-altering and disfiguring damage to those infected. The early signs of Lyme Disease include fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, and muscle and joint aches and pains. There is usually a tell-tale, bullseye-shaped red rash around the location of the bite. The bite location is typically warm to the touch, but rarely itchy or sore.
If left untreated, Lyme Disease may also progress to severe complications, which include severe headaches and stiffness of the neck, arthritis and joint pain, heart palpitations and irregular heartbeat, nerve pain, problems with short-term memory and inflammation of the brain or swelling of the spinal cord.
While mosquitoes pose an unrelenting threat to humans and animals, there are a variety of solutions and oils which are effective deterrents to mosquitoes and other biting insects.
Eucalyptus Oil – Eucalyptus oil is a popular and effective natural mosquito repellent. This oil, used since the 1940s, it is approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to keep mosquitoes at bay for up to three hours with a single application.
Lavender – Lavender, especially the crushed flowers, produce a fragrant oil which has been shown to deter mosquitoes.
Thyme Oil – Thyme is particularly effective at mosquito deterrence. When applied to the skin, thyme oil has been shown to provide over 90 percent effectiveness at mosquito prevention on lab rats.
Catnip – Catnip isn’t just great for attracting cats – it’s also great for repelling mosquitoes. The oil from catnip – found in the leaves of the plant – is nearly ten-times as effective at keeping mosquitoes at bay as the chemical repellent DEET. Planting catnip in your garden or backyard may be an effective natural way to keep mosquitoes away.
Citronella – A useful essential oil, citronella has long been a popular method of mosquito deterrent. Often found in outdoor candles, citronella offers roughly the same deterring benefits of DEET.
Tea Tree Oil – Found naturally in Australia, tea tree oil is well-known for its anti-microbial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Tobacco – Tobacco has long been used as an insect repellent – particularly in the south. The smoke from tobacco has anecdotally been shown to keep mosquitoes at bay. Additionally, tobacco water – a mixture of tobacco dust and water – has been used as a spray and mist pesticide.
Essential oils pose potential risks which you should understand before using them as a biting insect repellent. Essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin , as they may cause an allergic reaction. Furthermore, as these oils aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), claims of their effectiveness are not wholly verifiable.
DEET – The most well-known of the chemical insect repellents, DEET (or diethyltoluamide) is the most common ingredient in most commercial insect repellents. While mostly harmless in small doses, DEET has been shown to dissolve fabrics, plastics, and other materials when used in excess – and has adverse effects on many fish, plants and other species.
Icaridin – Also known as picaridin, Icaridin was developed by the German chemical manufacturer Bayer and is as effective as DEET. Icaridin is particularly effective against both insects and ticks.
Dimethyl carbate – Dimethyl carbate is a common insect repellent with strong solvent properties and a distinct alcohol-like odor.
Dimethyl phthalate – Dimethyl phthalate is both a useful insecticide and for the killing of parasites on the skin and body surface.
While the synthetic repellents and insectaries mentioned above are effective at deterring mosquitoes, biting insects and other pests, they also have significant hazards and concerns. Many of these chemicals are solvents, meaning they can destroy or degrade clothing, plastics, or other surfaces. They are also usually alcohol-based, which can dry the skin or cause allergic reactions. Perhaps the most significant concern with the repellents mentioned above is their flammability. As these items are particularly prone to combustion, they should not be used near open flames or heat sources.
The SWAT Mosquito Systems solution is fully-automated. Our mosquito misting system kills and repels mosquitoes, no-see-ums, fleas, flies, gnats, roaches, spiders, ticks, wasps and other outdoor insects.
Our proprietary misting system works by spraying a fine mist from strategically-placed nozzles at regular intervals – roughly two to three times per day – at a time that is fully adjustable using our helpful smartphone app or digital display. With two to three mistings of approximately 30 to 50 seconds each, you will notice a dramatic drop in pesky pests almost instantly. Even better, as long as you keep using our system, your outdoor space will be virtually pest free!
The main element that sets a SWAT misting system apart from the competition is the quality and craftsmanship of our products. Our patented mosquito misting systems is original. Unlike other one-size-fits-all systems, our systems are fully customized to fit the exacting needs of our clients.
One of the critical reasons for the customization of our products is to ensure our misting solution completely covers your property. But this bespoke approach also provides that our misting products maintain a low-profile in your ward. This low-profile means you can keep enjoying your outdoor spaces without the fear of tripping over an obstructive nozzle.
Our proprietary misting system features a fully-automated digital display panel and is the only one of its kind to incorporate an agitator, a level-sensing float switch, a pressure switch, and a three-button remote control. With the added benefit of a smartphone app, no other misting system provides the ease-of-use or technological features of a SWAT system.
At SWAT, we pride ourselves on our professionalism. Unlike some other companies who rely on external contractors for the installation of their systems, we only use our in-house, expert mosquito misting professionals. The SWAT Mosquito Systems installation and maintenance staff are fully insured and bonded. Our employees are licensed in every state in which we operate and are fully trained in all aspects of the installation and maintenance of our misting systems.
As the installation process may take several days due to the complexity and custom nature of our systems, our professionals will be on hand to explain every aspect of our systems, as well as answer any questions you might have. When you choose a SWAT system, you aren’t left wondering if your system will be installed correctly – you are in the hands of an experienced industry expert.
When it comes to quality, nobody provides its clients with more peace of mind than SWAT. Our superior technology, craftsmanship, and professionalism combine to create a commitment to customer service unrivaled in the misting system industry. We are determined to do whatever it takes to make our customers happy. To ensure your complete satisfaction, we offer a comprehensive four-month guarantee . If you aren’t completely satisfied with your new misting system within 120 days of installation, we’ll remove the system and completely refund you the cost of the installation.
Not only are our misting systems backed by the SWAT guarantee , but they are also protected by our lifetime warranty . We even provide you with a detailed instruction manual designed to help you extend the life of your system – everything from the nozzles, tubing, and pumps. We go one step further, by offering customers lifetime guarantees on all original parts and labor – no questions asked.
At SWAT, we understand the concerns many homeowners and commercial businesses have with the chemicals used in many misting systems. That’s why we use Pyrethrum-based solutions.
Pyrethrum is a botanical insect repellent made from dried Chrysanthemum flowers. This potent oil is found mostly in the tiny oil glands surrounding the seed casing and is composed of a combination of six chemical esters known as “pyrethrin.” It works to prevent mosquitos from biting and also causes immobilization and death.
Pyrethrum is also widely used in horticulture and by organic crop farmers to help control leafhoppers and other pests. Other common uses include spraying fruits and vegetables before harvest, shampoos for pets, and to protect food products during storage.
Pyrethrum-based insecticides are used in both agricultural and equine environments for over a quarter of a century with no reported harmful effects. There isn’t a commercially available insecticide with that level of a track record of success.
Most commercial insecticides include petroleum distillates, which are known to cause photo-toxicity in plants. Our chrysanthemum-derived Pyrethrum does not contain petroleum distillates and is designed to be used near plants.
We Can Keep Your Backyard Mosquito Free
You are enjoy your backyard, deck, and patio, along with all of your favorite outdoor activities without having to worry about unwanted interruptions from biting insects buzzing around. You can experience the enjoyment of time spent outdoors with friends or family with no interruptions thanks to our custom-designed, mosquito control misting system . The state-of-the-art no-see-um and mosquito misting system from SWAT is fully automated and designed to provide complete pest-deterrence on your schedule.
Call SWAT Mosquito Systems today, at 1-866-900-SWAT and find out how our licensed professional technicians can help you maximize your outdoor spaces all year long.