Natural pyrethrin and synthetic permethrin
are the most common formulations used in misting-based mosquito treatment.
They are among the least poisonous
insecticides to mammals, and are important ingredients in products commonly
found in most homes, like household aerosols and pet shampoos.
Botanical - Pyrethrin
The active ingredient in the formulations
most commonly used in outdoor insect control and automated
mist systems is called pyrethrin, which is derived from the extract of a
certain variety of chrysanthemum flowers. Though pyrethrin comes from
flowers, it is not completely correct to think of it as either
or “organic” because it is highly refined and contains a man-made
“synergist” that increases its effectiveness. When applied in a mist,
pyrethrin flushes mosquitoes from foliage where they harbor and then impairs
their nervous system. Shortly after application, the pyrethrin is rapidly
degraded by sunlight, and leaves the yard free of residue.
Formulations Used in Mosquito Mist Systems
The most common pyrethrin formulation used
in mosquito mist systems is called Riptide.
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Man-Made Botanical – Permethrin
Scientists have developed a synthetic variant of pyrethrin, called
permethrin, that has most of the same characteristics as pyrethrin. An
important difference is that the man-made permethrin is not as readily
destroyed by sunlight and leaves a longer lasting residue. This can be
desirable if the mosquito activity is very high or in an application – like
an outdoor restaurant - where the mosquito mist system should not run during
the dusk cycle because people are around.
The most common permethrin formulation used
in MistAway's mosquito misting systems is Sector.
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