Mosquito Misting vs. Spraying Every 21 Days (Update 2023)

Mosquito Misting System vs Spraying Every 21 Days

At OKC Mosquito Militia Total Pest Control we get a lot of questions about the effectiveness of a mosquito misting system versus spraying your yard every 21 days. We’ll look at the pros and cons of each, as you decide what is best for your lawn. Whatever application for Mosquito control you choose, we’re here to give you a free quote. You can also call us anytime.

What is a Mosquito Misting System?

A mosquito misting system is a pest control system that releases a fine mist of eco-friendly insecticide into the air at regular intervals, usually through nozzles installed around the perimeter of your property along a fence line. The mist is intended to kill or repel mosquitoes and other outdoor insects. Installing a mosquito misting system in residential and commercial settings reduces the presence of mosquitoes, which can carry diseases like malaria, West Nile virus, and Zika virus. Mosquito misting systems are automated so that the eco-friendly mist releases at set times; though they can also be manually activated by the homeowner or business owner. Believe it or not, mosquito misting systems can be controlled remotely using a smartphone app.

The cost for a Mosquito Misting System in 2023 ranges from $2500 to $3000, with a monthly maintenance cost that will average about $200 depending on how often you are using the system and whether elements need to be replaced.


Why Does Mosquito Control Require Spraying Every 21 Days?

Mosquitoes have a relatively short lifespan, so spraying every 21 days can help to ensure that new generations of mosquitoes are controlled as they emerge. Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water, and take about 21 days for the eggs to hatch and the larvae to develop into adult mosquitoes. The reason it is ideal to spray every 21 days is that we’re able to interrupt the Mosquitoes’ life cycle and prevent new generations of mosquitoes from emerging. The exact frequency of mosquito spraying may also vary depending on the specific needs of your property and the population density of mosquitoes each year in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas.

The cost to have your yard sprayed every 21 Days for the Mosquito season will average around $420 for an average sized yard in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, and can go up slightly for larger properties. 

Pros and Cons of the Mosquito Misting System

The major benefit of the Mosquito Misting System is automation. As a homeowner or business owner, you don’t have to remember to manually spray insecticide around your property, and you don’t have to schedule your Mosquito control service. This can be especially helpful for people who are extremely busy, and do not want to coordinate Mosquito control treatment. Another benefit is how easy it is to use the Mosquito Misting System. The MM System has a control panel that allows you to set the frequency and duration of the misting, as well as to manually activate the system when needed. 

The biggest drawback for the Mosquito Misting System is the cost. At $2500, plus monthly maintenance fees, some homeowners opt for 21 day spraying instead. Another possible downside is that the home misting system is not able to detect specific areas where Mosquito eggs may have spread. The automated mist is set up to spray in suspected areas of Mosquito infestation, but there is no human discernment to determine where the mosquitoes may have reemerged in non-sprayed areas of your yard. Finally, if you are near the misting systems when the timed applications go off they can make you, your family and pets sick. For this reason, at OKC Mosquito Militia Total Pest Control we do not install Mosquito Misting Systems, though we will service existing Mosquito misting systems at a customers request. We don’t install these systems because we believe that we are doing a disservice to our clients when there is a much more effective, and much less expensive way to take care of these problems.

Pros and Cons of Spraying Every 21 Days

Besides the lower cost, the major benefit of spraying every 21 days is our ability to get into all of the areas where mosquitoes spread in order to hide throughout the spring, summer and fall season. A team’s active killing and repelling of Mosquitoes continuously eliminates new areas of breeding, where Mosquitos hide to lay and hatch their new eggs every 21 days. In the pandemic age, mosquitoes carry diseases that are more insidious than ever, and regular and targeted Mosquito control service is ideal to ensure your family remains healthy and happy. The only real downside of spraying every 21 days is the coordination effort between you and our team, and we’re experts at making our services timely and convenient based on your schedule. Additionally, you may not have known that applying eco-friendly mosquito control services every 21 days will also kill fleas, ticks and spiders. 

Important Note for Understanding Mosquito Control Services

We often see other companies trying to do mosquito treatments with a regular spray line and nozzle. Unfortunately, this is simply ineffective for mosquitoes. If you hire a company to treat for mosquitoes and they show up and start pulling a hose out, know that although they may kill general pests, it has been proven that it is an ineffective way to treat for mosquitoes and you are going to get many bites. Make sure when hiring someone to do your mosquito treatments that they have the knowledge, experience and equipment to do the job right.

As always, we’re happy to answer any questions that you may have regardless of whether you hire OKC Mosquito Militia Total Pest Control to do your treatments or not. With OKC Mosquito Militia Total Pest Control, the first treatment of the season is $39.95 if you pre-book now and on average $55.00 for each treatment thereafter and we can do it organically repelling and killing mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and spiders when they enter the areas that have been treated for mosquitoes. As always no contracts we let our work do the talking. Call 405-509-3051 with any questions or to pre-book your appointments. You can also contact us for further information or to request a quote or additional information.

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