May 2012 Archives



I own a 1.75 acre property with about .75 wooded wetlands bordering 200 acres of wooded wetlands. I use larvae control in all standing water around the house, two propane fired mosquito magnets and a Black Flag propane fogger. The fogger is the most effective but only lasts a day with the chemicals provided. I’m interested in the Permethrin Vegetable Plus with Nylar either in a form I can use with the fogger I have or with a delivery device you recommend.

First, I’m a bit concerned about the mosquito magnets you mention. I just know that based on where you’re located, I would be careful with where the mosquito magnets are located. I say this because over the years, we’ve found many customers using them when located close to large amounts of woodlands were actually attracting so many mosquitoes to their homes that the machines were not able to take care of them fast enough. The net result has been that yes, the machines were no doubt killing some but because of the numbers that were coming around and essentially “missing” the machines, not using the machines turned out to be a better strategy.

In other cases it was learned that placing them further away from the structure helped. This way they were essentially luring the biting pests away from where the home owners wanted to be hanging out. But the main point is that you need to remember if you have them out, they’re attracting a lot of biting pests and in so many cases where we’ve seen them used, they end up bringing around a lot of pests which become a nuisance and aren’t controlled well enough by the magnets so we want you to understand that they could in fact very well be making the problem “worse” compared to what you’d experience if you turn them off.

As for the products you’re thinking about using; no doubt the VEGETABLES PLUS PERMETHRIN and NYLAR would be good options. They can be mixed with water and applied as frequently as you want. And they’ll no doubt prove more effective and cost efficient compared to the solutions you must use in any propane fogger. I personally use BIFEN because it’s longer lasting and even more cost effective but it’s not labeled for use on any plant that’s edible so stick with the Vegetables Plus if you have edible plants on your property (like a vegetable garden or fruit trees).

As for the equipment? Forget the propane fogger. It’s just not strong enough. Go with the SOLO BACK PACK MISTER. It’s fast, strong and ideal for such treatments. I use it on my 1 acre lot and I go through 2-3 gallons to treat the entire area which I can do in 10 minutes because this machine is so efficient to use.

Lastly, if you find biting pests coming around within 2-3 days following a treatment with our products, turn off your magnets and stop using them. As I stated above, in most every case I’ve never seen where they can manage the populations they attract well enough to warrant their use when they’re employed around properties that can generate huge amounts of biting pests. So do keep this in mind  that they can often times attract much more than they can handle and that effectively causes more issues.

Now one way to find out if this is true is to simply turn them off. And once you do, it would not be surprising if you noticed a huge decrease in how many are coming around which should in turn enable you to get much better and longer lasting results with the fogging compounds.

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I live on Long Island and have a canal in my backyard. Lately the Mosquitos have been so unbearable that I’ve had to abandon going outside without getting bitten. I’ve been using candles and deep woods off but was wondering if you had any other suggestions to rid these terrible insects. Anything you can provide would be a great help. Thank you!

I’d abandon the repellents and go for a real control treatment regime based on where you live and the fact that repellents aren’t really “controlling” anything. We have several very effective treatments listed in our MOSQUITO CONTROL ARTICLE but based on where you live, most of our traditional products can’t be used. But don’t fret; we do have one very effective option that can control mosquitoes and I believe it is the answer for your situation.

And what I mean by your “situation” is that when trying to spray anything around water, there is usually a big limit on what you can apply safely in such an environment. For mosquito treatments which are close to or adjacent to water like ponds, lakes, streams, canals, etc., there is only a couple of concentrates safe enough to be applied. One of my favorites is known as ESSENTRIA IC.  This product is actually federally exempt from needing to be registered because it’s made primarily from food grade actives. These actives have long been known to work on various pests and because they’re made from safe to use actives, they enjoy a label that allows them to be applied most anywhere.

You’ll need a good fogging machine to apply the Essentria and which one you get should be large enough to handle the amount of property you need to treat. We have several electric units that can handle up to 1 acre effeciently and two popular models include the FOGMASTER JUNIOR and the FOGMASTER 6309. I live on a largely wooded lot that’s about 1 acre and prefer to go “cordless” so I use the BACK PACK MISTER. Any of these units can do the job and based on what I know about the lot size on most long island homes, I’m guessing you have less than an acre to treat. If that’s the case, all of these models should work fine.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Essentria IC3:

Fogmaster Mini Fogger:


Back Pack Mister:

Mosquito Control: