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What do you have that I can use to control mosquitoes in my yard? We have a large deck we like to hang out on during the end of the day and lately the mosquitoes have been taking over. Within 3-4 minutes my wife gets bit then my daughter. They don’t seem to bother me for 15 minutes or so but this year even i have been attacked. I’ve got around 8,000 square ft of grass I keep cut low but I do water it all the time. I bet the water is attracting the mosquitoes but I don’t care. I just want something to spray.

Mosquitoes will definitely take advantage of yards that have moisture. This is especially true during the summer when it gets hot and dry. If it’s been dry and you’re watering the grass, chances are high there will be several types of bugs coming around looking to start living in your grass. The bottom line is that mosquitoes love moist, shady locations and most yards in urban America offer this exact environment.

To start, you should review our online MOSQUITO CONTROL ARTICLE which will explain all you need to know about mosquitoes. In the article you’ll learn about mosquito spray like CYONARA RTS and ESFENVALERATE. Both of these products are good for spraying and based on the size of your yard, you could conceivably use them efficiently. However, over time you may find the time and chemical used is bit more than you’d like. As a general rule, we feel one of our MOSQUITO FOGGERS are best suited for people trying to treat yards that are in excess of 5,000 sq/ft. It will cost more initialy but over time you’ll be saving on both chemical consumption and time needed to spray so we’re sure you’ll love using any one of the foggers we have listed on the site.

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I want to do some mosquito spraying and was wondering what you’d recommend. It’s a small area, about 2500 square feet so I don’t think I need a lot of spray but something that will last more than a day wold be nice.

If you read through our Mosquito Control article you’ll see that we have products that can be sprayed as well as fogged in the yard. Generally spraying should be limited to small yards. We consider a yard smaller than 3000 sq/ft to be small so I’m pretty sure spraying would be an option for you. Most people should consider getting a fogger when yards are 5000 sq/ft or more but I think you’ll be able to get good results by spraying alone.

In our article you’ll see we have Esfenvalerate which can be applied in a Hose End Sprayer making it easy to apply and use throughout mosquito season. Add some Nylar to the mix if you want the treatments to last a little longer. Generally these treatments will last 1-2 weeks but with the Nylar, they could last a month or two. The key will be getting good coverage and treating once a week for 2-3 weeks to insure you break their cycle. Once this cycle is broken keeping them under control will require a lot less treating and should be manageable.

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I’ve got a small back yard and need to do some mosquito control. It seems they’re everywhere now that it’s been raining again and it’s warm. I’ve read through your article but can’t decide if I should spray or fog. My yard is just under 5000 square feet and I’m only concerned about the back. The front is wide open with no plants or shade and we never seem to see mosquitoes there anyway. What should I do?

If you don’t have any standing water, the two options which would work well for your problem would be either spraying with a hose end sprayer or fogging with one of the small machines we have listed in our Mosquito Control article. Based on the size of your yard, either would work well. The difference would be in the cost when compared over time.

Since spraying takes more time and uses more chemical, it basically costs more to do on a regular basis. That being said, it doesn’t require the high cost of any special equipment to get started so it will cost less to do initially (less chemical and equipment investment money needed). But if you expect to be in the house for a few more years, getting an electric fogger that is used over this time period will provide enough of a savings to more than pay for itself. In the end, the fogging machine saves so much time and chemical that it makes sense to get when treating yards which are 5000 sq/ft or more.

Additionally, the fog does a much better job of covering all the plants and vegetation compared to a liquid spray. If you have a lot of plant growth, mosquitoes will be able to hide and avoid the liquid. This is not so easily accomplished with the fogging process.