Top 4 Best Mosquito Sprayers (**2018 Review***)

Looking for the best mosquito sprayers in 2018?

Well, you're in the right place!

In this guide you'll learn:

  • If spraying actually works to kill mosquitoes
  • The main tools you'll need
  • What the spray chemicals actually do to help with mosquito removal
  • The best time of day to spray for optimal results
  • And our top 4 recommended products to get the job done
top best mosquito sprayer

There are more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes in the world, which is why many homeowners are looking for the best mosquito sprayer to protect themselves and their families.

In fact, the only countries and regions without mosquitoes are Iceland, Antarctica and a few small islands. So you’ll be hard-pressed trying to avoid them.

In this article we’ll break down the various types of mosquito sprayers, there applications, as well as when to spray, and what insecticide to spray with.

Our Overall #1 Rated Pick

(updated as of 6/30/2018)

Makita 4-Gallon Sprayer

  • 4-Gallon Storage Capacity For Long Use Time
  • Ergonomic L-shape Backpack For Increased Comfort
  • 4-Stroke Engine Requires No Complex Fuel Mixture (Just Gas)

By far the best in its category is the Makita 4-Gallon, 4-Stroke backpack sprayer.

Why?

It's built like a tank and EXTREMELY easy to use for just about anybody (homeowners to commercial use).

The 4-stroke engine makes it super easy get started. No fuel mixing, just add gas, hit the primer a few times and it should start in just one pull for quick mosquito elimination.

It also has very little smell, low tone when idling, and comfortable with the extra padding in the straps.

From regular homeowners with mosquito/pest problems, to commercial users who need quality equipment for grounds keeping, you won't be disappointed when using this unit.

The only drawback we'll mention (aside from it being expensive) is that it is heavy weighing about 60ish pounds when full. The L-shape used in the construction tries to help lower your center of gravity and make the heavy weight more manageable.

Assuming you don't wear it for more than a couple hours, the weight shouldn't be much of an issue.

Keep reading to see the other mosquito sprayers we looked at.

The Top Sprayers We Reviewed

When it comes to spraying for mosquitoes, you really want to grab a backpack sprayer for big yards. If you have a small piece of property then a pump might be more appropriate.

Of course, pumps are more uncomfortable and are more prone to spills and leakage, which is why you really want to get a decent one with tight gasket seals.

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What Are The Types of Sprayers?

So, you're in the market for some kind of device to spray chemicals around your house?

Great! The first thing we should cover are the two main types of sprayers (not to be confused with mosquito foggers, which are different).

Pump sprayers and Backpack sprayers...

Let's have a look at each.

Pump Sprayers (Cheaper, but less durable)

Pump sprayers tend to be smaller, made of plastic, and come with a max capacity of no more than 2-gallons for your chemical mixture.

They'll come with a wand and nozzle so that you can disburse your chemical around easily.

They work by pumping the handle to build pressure in the unit, which then allows you to force the chemical through the wand up to 10ft for some setups.

The thing about pump sprayers is that they are prone to defects and breaking down fairly quickly.

They need to hold lots of pressure and contain the chemical in the unit without spilling. This requires lots of seals and gaskets that can all fail.

Those pieces in the pumps are usually made with some form of plastic to keep the cost down of the unit down, which ultimately results in a shorter life span and an additional trip to the store for you.

Something else... pumps tend to be WAY less efficient when disbursing the chemicals around your home as well. A spray job that might take 3 gallons of insecticide, would take 8-10 gallons in a pump sprayer.

This is because of the way wands are built and the distance each spray can go. For example, a good pump sprayer can reach distances up to 10ft where a backpack engine powered sprayer can reach 30ft!

For small operations and minimal use, pumps will get the job done, but more more long term reliability, we do recommend durable backpack sprayers.

Backpack Sprayers (Expensive, but more effective)

Backpack sprayers are more expensive, but are also more durable and can be used by a number of different professionals outside of pest control (e.g., landscapers, groundskeepers, farmers, etc). 

Most backpacks are gas powered blowers designed to disburse liquid chemicals for long periods of time.

Most units have capacities ranging from 2-gallon on the cheaper end, all the way up to about 4-gallons for the more premium models.

We like backpack sprayers because they have the greatest range (30ft+) when it comes to disbursing the actually chemicals, can operate for hours without refilling, 

Do Mosquito Sprayers Actually Work?

mosquito sprayer is one of the best tools for mosquito control and can be quite effective in reducing mosquito count in certain areas.

Sprayers, if used correctly, can dramatically reduce mosquito populations in certain areas. In some cases, consistent application of mosquito spray can eliminate certain mosquito species in an area altogether.

Although mosquito sprays can be quite effective, you may need to use combination of various mosquito control tools and techniques (e.g.,  to effectively control or eliminate mosquitoes in an area, especially if the mosquito population in the area is high.

See Also: How to find and kill mosquito larvae?

What Are The Main Tools Used To Kill Mosquitoes?

When figuring out your mosquito problem, you have three main options sprays, foggers, or repellents.

  • Sprays are generally the most effective because the solution lingers sticking to leaves and shrubbery with some sprays maintaining effectiveness for up to 30 days.
  • Foggers are great for those hard-to-reach spots, but often lack the staying power of sprays. Foggers create micro sized droplets that can penetrate even the tiniest crack or crevice. But once your done fogging, there is no residual chemical left to defend against mosquitoes.
  • Repellents are usually just to keep bugs away.

Read Also: How to shop for and pick the best mosquito fogger?

Fun Fact:

Repellents have chemicals such as DEET, picaridin, and IR3535 which is meant to make you invisible to mosquitos (source).

How does bug spray work for mosquitoes?

Mosquito sprays contain insecticides such as bifenthrin, pyrethrin, piperonyl butoxide, and others, which target the nervous systems of mosquitoes.

The goal of sprays and foggers is to kill the mosquitoes where the goal for repellents are to deter the bugs from coming near you.

When looking for the best mosquito sprayer, it's important to first determine what exactly you’re looking to accomplish.

Need to keep bugs away for a 30-minute jog?

Consider using mosquito repellent. But if you have an imminent BBQ party and a backyard full of mosquitoes, perhaps a fogger with a strong formula is what you need.

Here's quick primer on "HOW" to spray for mosquitoes.

Where To Spray For Mosquitoes?

Before you start to spray your home or lawn for mosquitoes, it’s important to determine all the areas where mosquitoes reside and spray these places directly to effectively reduce mosquito populations.

Generally, mosquitoes like to reside in dark and humid areas with standing or slow-moving water. Mosquitoes also like to hang out in leaves, tall grass, trees, and objects such as metal cans and old rubber tires that can collect rainwater.

Interested In More Ways To Kill Mosquitoes? Click here for our top mosquito killer picks!

When To Spray For Mosquitoes?

When spraying for mosquitoes, try to spray during the hottest parts of the day (afternoon) as mosquitoes tend to be hiding/resting, waiting for the coolness of the night, early eveining/morning to come out and feed.

Here's quick video to go over some of the basics.

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Best Home & Yard Mosquito Sprayers

Need to tackle a mosquito problem?

These are sprayers we found to be the highest rated and most dependable. From the mobile Makita 4-Stroke sprayer capable of decimating entire populations, to the more economical Chapin wand system, we've got something for everyone.

Check them out!

  • No Fuel Mixing Required
  • L-Shape Helps With Carrying
  • Padded Shoulder Straps To Help With Comfort While Use

The best of the best goes to the Makita.

It really is a complete unit and a perfect option if you want to invest in mosquito control around your property.

What we REALLY like about this is how easy it is to use for the normal homeowner. 

Sure, it's suitable for commercial use, but Makita made an effort to appeal to the "normal" person and their mosquito troubles as well.

Its 4-stroke engine makes it so all you need to do is gas it up to get started, removing the need to mix gas and oil to the correct proportions.

Something also worth noting is It has the largest tank capacity of any backpack sprayer coming in at 3.9 gallons, which makes for nice long use cycles before having to refill.

The only thing we didn't love about the Makita, is how heavy it can get (60ish pounds!). They are aware of this and have built the unit so that it lowers your center of gravity making it easier to carry around.

If you're okay with a heavy piece of equipment, this is our top pick!

Pros

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    3.9 gallon tank capacity, which is the largest in category
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    L-shape design to help with distributing weight
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    Clear 30 day full refund policy w/ 1 year warranty on parts
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    4-Stroke engine requires no fuel mixing

Cons

  • Very heavy when fully loaded with fuel and insecticide
  • Expensive model
  • Padded should straps
  • Lighter than comparable brands
  • 3-gallon tank 

This another backpack sprayer similar to the Makita for those who are serious about exterminating every mosquito on their property (or properties).

The Solo brand is synonymous with pump and backpack sprayers with over 5+ various models, so we needed to include this model in out review.

The Solo 451 provides a decent alternative to the expensive Makita because it can still reduce a 2 hour spray job down to 20ish minutes.

It does pretty much everything the Makita does, but it comes with a slightly smaller tank (3-gallons) and a 2-stroke engine requiring a specific fuel to oil mixture.

Per their manual, Solo recommends a mixing ratio of 50 parts fuel to 1 part of oil (1:50 – 2%) with the use of their special 2-cycle oil “SOLO Profi 2T Oil”. If you opt for a different oil (not their own brand), Solo recommends a mixture ratio of 1:25. Nothing too complicated but it is worth noting.

Again, if you want a backpack sprayer, this might be a good option if you want to save a couple of bucks from the Makita.

Pros

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    2-Gallon Tank Makes For Longer Use
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    Slightly lighter at 45ish pounds when fully loaded
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    Has shoulder padding to help with comfort and long use

Cons

  • 2-Stroke Engine Requires Specific Gas & Oil Mix
  • Unit not as balanced as Makita brand
  • 2-gallon tank
  • 28 Inch wand to extend your reach into bushes and shrubs
  • 4 nozzles for various spraying options and angles

If you want something more portable for smaller jobs, than take a look at the solo pump sprayer.

We really like the Solo brand as they use a 

The downside about pumps is that seals all need to be air tight so that you don't lose pressure in your unit.

Pump tend to be made with cheaper plastics and rubbers to keep costs down, which make for shorter lifespans of the products.

The Solo 430-2G comes with 4 nozzle attachment for different spraying needs. This little bit, plus its construction quality, give it that extra bump in value we look for when searching for products.

Overall, it's a good product for smaller yards and areas, but it can break down over time as hand pumps tend to do. Solo has great customer service, so if the need should arise, give them a call and they should sort you out.

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    4 nozzle attachments come with your purchase
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    28 inch durable wand
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    Comes with a 5 year guarantee 

Cons

  • Made of plastic, which is prone to failure over time
  • Reports of hand pump losing pressure
  • 2-gallon tank 
  • 12 Inch wand with a 28 inch hose

Rounding out our list if the old reliable, Chapin brand.

This unit is the most budget friendly for folks with smaller yards and lower square footage of ground to cover.

They do have an even cheaper model (1-gallon) but the 2-gallon provides additional air in the container to help with generating more pressure and covering your yard. Get the 2-gallon for sure.

We will note that the 12 inch wand makes it a little bit more difficult to reach those more secluded areas. There's also no strap

Out of the box what you see is what you get. One nozzle, one wand, and one pump. If you're looking for the cheapest option, this is it.

Pros

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    Affordable price point
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    Ergonomic handle to help with comfort

Cons

  • All parts are made of plastic which will degrade over time
  • No accessories included or other nozzle attachments

Best Mosquito Insecticide

With a multitude of positive reviews sold by hundreds of retailers, this is really the only insecticide you need to take care of you bug problems.

Talstar Pro 96 is labeled to kill over 75 different bugs including cockroaches, mosquitoes, pill bugs, ticks, fleas, and any other pest you can think of.

Once applied, you'll have a residual pest killing effect that last for up to 3 months!

Our Top Pick: Makita Backpack Sprayer

Our recommendation goes to the Makita 4-stroke, 4-gallon backpack sprayer.

Why?

It's just easy to use and built to last.

With it's 4-stroke engine, you don't need to worry about creating a fuel mixture. Just add gas, your preferred insecticide (i.e., Talstar), and get started with your mosquito elimination.

P.S. - Make sure you use a respirator when operating your device, safety first!

Have questions? Feel free to drop in a comment down below! 

Happy hunting! 

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