Our yard is filled with songbirds and hummingbirds. The mosquitoes are very bad, and we need to use a product to get rid of them. What should we use which will not harm the birds? We are next to water and do not want to harm the fish. Which product do we use and which fogger do we use? Would the Essentria IC3 be a good choice? Which fogger does it work with?
I too have a yard filled with songbirds and hummingbirds. In fact I have several feeders for both and they’re filled daily with hundreds of hummingbirds, woodpeckers, cardinals, blue birds and others. I also live on a large river. Suffice to say I also have a nasty problem with gnats, mosquitoes and other biting pests. To combat them, I use BIFEN and my BACK PACK MISTER.
Bifen IT: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/bifen
Back Pack Mister: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/solo-mistblower-backpack
With that being said, I’m 100% sure you could use this set up and not put your birds or water in jeopardy of any kind. The key is making proper, controlled placements and not over doing it. And of course, I don’t get close to the water. I stay a good 150 feet away.
So if you too can stay at least 100 feet away from whatever water is close by, the Bifen would be okay to use. But if you want to be extra cautious or if the water is real close to where you need to treat, the ESSENTRIA IC would be the best choice. Let me point out it works just as good as the Bifen. As I see it, the only trade off is cost because it does run a bit more compared to the Bifen but not by much.
Essentria IC3: http://www.bugspraycart.com/exempt/liquid/eco-excempt-gal
As for what fogger to get? That’s really dependent on how much you have to treat. I’m covering 3/4 of an acre which is why I like using the back pack mister. But the FM6309 is a good choice and can handle up to an acre no problem.