Who Needs a Mosquito Misting System?
Typically, keeping yourself safe from mosquitos can be a tedious process. You may look to hire a mosquito control company to come out and spray periodically through the seasons. Meanwhile, when the short-term backyard spraying wears off, you have to apply irritating insect repellent. If you really want to enjoy a mosquito-free backyard for parties and family get-togethers, you’ll want to install one of our automated misting systems.
Why Choose SWAT Mosquito Systems?
Unlike these traditional methods of mosquito and no-see-um control, SWAT Mosquito Systems uses automated misting systems to keep mosquitos, no-see-ums, and other common outdoor insects away. With that in mind, who can really benefit from an automated mosquito misting system? And, how do these systems work?
Living In Florida – Combatting Mosquitos
Florida is a beautiful place to live. With some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, people vacation from around the world to soak in the sunlight and enjoy summers of fun. During the winter, many take refuge from their homes up north, thanks to the mild temperature. Offering a plethora of activities year-round, Florida is a world-preferred tourist destination for a reason. However, as with most good things in life, there is sometimes a downside. And, as a resident of Florida, you probably know that side all too well – the biting insects.
While most people around the country are familiar with flies and mosquitoes, Florida is home to a much more pervasive and often more annoying pest – the no-see-um. These no-see-ums are aptly named because you never really see them, but they bite you none the less. There are few things more irritating than trying to enjoy a nice day outside then being constantly bitten by these seemingly invisible insects called No-See-Ums. To deter the Mosquitos and No-See-Ums, a professionally installed automated misting system may be just what you need around your property. This way, you won’t see them because they won’t be there to bother you.
YOUR HOME’S BEST DEFENSE AGAINST MOSQUITOES AND NO-SEE-UMS
Understanding the sheer number of biting insects that call Florida their home, it’s easy to imagine why so many look for ways to keep these pests out of their yards. Unlike more traditional mosquito control efforts, leveraging an automated mosquito misting system means you can passively fight against these insects without going through a big ritual every time you want to plan an outdoor activity. A mosquito misting system is installed on your property, focusing on the areas from which you want to keep pests out. In these areas, we install a custom-designed misting system.
This system can be remotely controlled and monitored, which is why we offer a mobile application you can install on your Android or iOS device to monitor the performance of your system throughout the year. Instead of having to regularly check on and apply chemicals, you can go outside and enjoy a mosquito-free back yard without hassle.
USING MOSQUITO MISTING SYSTEMS
When you choose to have a mosquito control system installed, our engineers go to work planning a custom design to fit your specific property. We do this for two primary reasons. First, we want to ensure your yard is appropriately covered, keeping the mosquitos and no-see-ums out of critical areas so you and your family can enjoy outdoor activities. Secondly, we strive to keep a low profile on our system. Part of the reason you install a misting system is to avoid the unnecessary pest control measures every time you go outside. With that in mind, these low-profile designs ensure you can enjoy the outdoors without unsightly equipment.
THE DANGERS OF INSECTS IN FLORIDA
Of course, it’s essential to understand that keeping these pests away isn’t just a matter of convenience. Many insects, especially the all-too-common Mosquito, can carry diseases and viruses. A single bite from an infected mosquito can transmit the disease to you or your loved ones, which can mean expensive medical bills and the potential for more long-term ill effects. Having a mosquito misting system installed on your property helps put a sort of barrier in place to protect against mosquitos. This way, you not only avoid painful and itchy bites, but you also help prevent the potential for diseases and other dangerous viruses they might carry.
ENTERTAINING IN YOUR HOME
Knowing all of this is excellent, but who really can benefit from a system? One of the most common reasons people look to get a misting system from SWAT Mosquito Systems is they are looking for a solution that will allow them to entertain in their homes. Whether it’s your friends or family, having this sort of low-profile system installed means you can entertain at your home without the annoyance of mosquitos and no-see-ums. It also means you can maintain a beautiful landscape that your friends and family can enjoy.
A GREAT SOLUTION FOR BUSINESSES
In addition to homeowners, many business owners in Florida look at Mosquito misting systems as a more effective way to keep annoying biting insects away from their guests. Whether a restaurant, hotel, or perhaps a more specific outdoor business like a golf course, having a misting system installed on your grounds can be a way to keep mosquitos away without alarming your guests. Since we rely heavily on botanical repellents and non-hazardous ingredients, you can comfortably put these mosquito repellent systems in place without worrying about whether it might disrupt the activities on your property.
The experts at SWAT Mosquito Systems can design a mosquito misting system for your business, restaurant, hotel, or other commercial property. Hotel owners, using our mosquito misting system will eliminate complaints and protect your guests from unpleasant bites without ruining the safety or beauty of your grounds.
Installing the Best Mosquito Misting Systems
So, is a misting system right for you? If you’re tired of getting bitten up by no-see-ums, mosquitos, or other insects, it’s an effective way to rid yourself of this annoyance. If you want to ensure you avoid insect-borne diseases and illnesses that you might be exposed to after a bite, these misting systems are also a compelling option. Or, if you simply want to ensure your guests can enjoy the outdoors without having to deal with any annoying mosquitos or no-see-ums, a mosquito misting system can be the perfect solution.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Swat and Their Mosquito Misting systems
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?
Mosquito Misting Systems
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 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 cover their perimeter. This flexibility means they are perfect for anyone concerned about their ability to fully enjoy their time outdoors.
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.
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
Why Do You Need Mosquito Misting Systems?
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 that can cause severe congenital disabilities in unborn children. Zika is closely related to both Yellow Fever and the West Nile Virus and causes symptoms that are typically mild but can develop into autoimmune and neurological complications if left untreated.
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.
Yellow fever is a short-course, viral disease that 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 that can cause illnesses and diseases. Perhaps the most famous – and deadly – a 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.
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.
What Sets SWAT’s Mosquito System Apart from the Rest?
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.
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 enjoying 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.