Mosquitoes are annoying and dangerous insects that often carry diseases. Stamping out, or in this case, spraying out, mosquitoes with a mosquito sprayer is a very effective way to keep you and your family safe this season. Read on to learn the benefits associated with using sprayers and how useful they are in keeping these pests away.
Larvicides in Mosquito Sprayers
Larvicides are used to kill immature mosquitoes prior to becoming adults. The ingredients used in larvicides can consist of either a natural bacteria toxin that is exclusively lethal to mosquito larvae or chemical products like insect growth regulators, surface films, or organophosphates. These combinations are effective when applied directly to water sources where mosquito eggs or larvae grow. Larvicides are very useful for decreasing the overall mosquito reproduction rate and can be purchased at your local home improvement store.
Adulticides in Mosquito Sprayers
Adulticides are the other type of product used in a mosquito sprayer and are used to kill mature adult mosquitoes. These products can be applied in a number of ways ranging from hand-held sprayers to truck-mounted sprayers, and even deployed from airplanes. Adulticides are immediately effective in reducing the number of mature adult mosquitoes in a particular area and are particularly useful for reducing the amount of mosquitoes that pose a threat to people with the potential of transmitting dangerous diseases like the West Nile virus.
Adulticides are used for public health mosquito control programs and can be used at home as well. They are recognized for not posing unreasonable risks to the general population or environment when applied properly. Both larvicide and adulticide products are regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).