Looking for the best yard spray for your mosquito problem?
Perfect, you're in the right spot! In this Pest Strategies guide you'll learn:
- What mosquito sprays are
- If they're effective mosquito killing solutions
- How to use them properly
- If they're safe around children and pets
- And our recommended picks!
When you want to enjoy your yard in the summer, mosquitoes buzzing around and biting you can make it almost impossible.
Although many people are cautious about chemical pesticides or strange smelling oils, there isn’t much choice if you don’t want to spend the summer hiding indoors.
You’re going to have to spray something if you want to spend time outside.
Otherwise, the mosquitoes will eat you and your family and friends for lunch.
Ready to get started?
Bifen Bifenthrin 96 Oz
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Mosquito Barrier Liquid Spray
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EcoGuard Plus All Natural Tick and Mosquito Control
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Cutter Backyard Bug Control Outdoor Fogger
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Our Overall #1 Rated Pick
(updated as of 5/15/2019)
Our number one choice is Bifen Bifenthrin.
It's a pesticide with a long history of success. Combine the spray with a mosquito fogger or sprayer and apply it around your yard without damaging the plants or posing any health hazard. It has a good residual sticking power once it dries and will last for several weeks at a time, even outdoors.
Mosquitoes, and other insects too, will die after coming into contact with it. It doesn’t kill mosquitoes instantly, but it kills them continually once it has been applied. This is your best bet for killing those pesky mosquitoes.
Continue on to learn more about proper use and some of our other top picks!
Top 5 Best Mosquito Yard Sprays
Are you short on time or just want a quick answer?Check out our list below for a summary of our results. Keep on reading to learn more about mosquito yard sprays.
What are Mosquito Yard Sprays?
Mosquito yard sprays are do-it-yourself liquid concentrates or pressurized gases that can be sprayed in and around your backyard to eliminate mosquitoes. If they are liquid concentrates, you’ll need to purchase an applicator such as a thermal fogger or a garden hose sprayer with a bottle on it.
How do Mosquito Yard Sprays Work?
Each spray has a different mode of action depending on the chemicals and/or natural ingredients in it. Chemical pesticides work on the insect’s central nervous system, respiratory system, or circulatory system. Sometimes they work on a combination of those internal systems.
Natural repellents operate on the principle that all living creatures are naturally repulsed by a variety of odors or conditions to warn them of danger or other predators that might eat them. Some plants protect themselves by releasing natural chemicals that drive insects away.
Are Mosquito Yard Sprays Effective?
Yes. There is a caveat though. You have to use them correctly. An incorrect application is worse than no application at all.
What will happen is that an incorrect or incomplete application will weaken the mosquitoes, or any other pests, without killing them. This creates antibodies in them that wind up strengthening the insects against further applications of that same pesticide or natural remedy. Alternately, it will kill weaker insects but leave stronger ones alive. Once they recover, their immune system will be strengthened. This type of pesticide resistance can also result from over application as well as under application.
Trust us when say this, an incorrect application is worse, far worse than no application at all. The pesticide industry has learned this lesson the hard way.
How to Use a Mosquito Yard Spray?
Most mosquito yard sprays have to be sprayed using a pressurized sprayer of some kind. There are many different kinds. There are insecticide spray rigs that run on gas engines and others that have to be pumped up by hand. Whichever one you decide to use, be sure you follow the mixing directions on the insecticide or natural remedy. Failure to properly mix it will result in an over or under application, leading to insecticide resistance and ultimately, more bugs.
Are Mosquito Yard Sprays Safe Around My Pets and Children?
Yes. Despite the hysterics of some misguided individuals, modern pesticides are safer, many times safer than smoking, driving a car, or flying in an airplane.
There are countless EPA regulations that insecticides have to meet before they ever make it to the marketplace. The regulations run to many hundreds of pages and if the insecticides don’t meet every single one of them, they can’t be marketed in the United States.
Even the concentrated forms of many insecticides are so safe you (or your pets or children) could drink them right out of the bottle without suffering anything more than an upset stomach for a few hours. They’ll probably leave a bad taste in your mouth too, but that’s it. Insecticides are very safe.
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Bifenthrin is a member of a class of insecticides knows as pyrethroids. They copy the action of naturally occurring substances called pyrethrins, which are derived from chrysanthemum flowers. Bifenthrin attacks the central nervous system of insects, including mosquitoes when they come into physical contact with it or ingest it.
Bifenthrin comes in a concentrated form which has to be diluted with water to the correct dilution then sprayed on the leaves and tall grasses where mosquitoes rest when they’re not biting you. Once it is sprayed and dried, it is resistant to rain.
Permethrin, like Bifenthrin, is a member of the pyrethroid family of insecticides. It comes in a concentrated form that has to be mixed with water to achieve the correct application dilution. Once it has been properly mixed and agitated, it can be applied with a one-gallon pump-up hand sprayer.
It has a strong odor that quickly dissipates outside. It is an insecticide, therefore it has some harsh chemicals in it but they are generally harmless to people when the mixing instructions are properly followed. It acts very quickly to knock down mosquitoes.
This is a garlic extract. Garlic that has shown some effectiveness in field studies in India where mosquitoes are a continual problem. This concentrate has to be diluted with water then sprayed on all the natural resting places for mosquitoes. It should also be sprayed in a crisscross pattern across the entire yard. Each band of the spray should be about six inches wide. Each band of the spray should be two to three feet away from the bands on either side of it. Respray it once a week to maintain full effectiveness.
EcoGuard is a blend of Cedarwood oil, 2-Phenylethyl propionat, and Geraniol. They act to repel mosquitoes and other insects. There are instructions on the back for using it in a hand-held pump sprayer or a mist blower. Follow the instructions carefully because they are different depending on how you plan to apply it.
It is all natural so there aren’t any chemicals to worry about for your children or pets. It has to be reapplied on a regular basis though, about once a week or after it rains. If it rains, wait until the rain has dried then immediately reapply it.
This uses a combination of Tetramethrin and Phenothrin as the active ingredients that kill mosquitoes it comes in contact with. It is a fogger that has to be sprayed in the air. It comes in a pressurized can and is ready to use without any mixing or special equipment.
It will kill any mosquitoes it comes in contact with but it doesn’t last long in the air. If conditions are windy it will be blown away in a matter of seconds. This is probably best used in screened in porches where you’re trying to kill mosquitoes that have gotten in.
Final Thoughts On Mosquito Yard Sprays
Modern insecticides and natural oils are incredibly safe. The insecticides are highly regulated for safety and extremely effective at killing mosquitoes when they are properly used and applied. The natural oils are completely safe and can also be very effective.
In short, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy your yard during the summer. Use some of these sprays to get rid of the mosquitoes and you’ll be able to do just that.
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