Mosquito fogger safety

Mosquito fogger is a useful tool if you are trying to get rid of mosquitoes or some other insects, because it allows you to fog a very large area quickly and efficiently, killing the insects in this area and afterwards repelling any new bugs which guarantees that your area is insect and mosquito free. And although this is good and fairly simple way to combat those little annoying insects, there are a few guidelines and rules you should fallow to ensure that neither you or those close to you are harmed in the process.

One of the most common mistakes people make in regards to mosquito foggers is that they fail to read the instructions. You may think that it is unnecessary to read any instructions and that they won’t tell you anything new, but the reality is that in those instructions there might be some significant information like what fogging solution you need to use that is compatable with you fogger as well as how exactly your particular fogger works and what are the nuances of that specific mechanism. By reading the instructions you only make sure that you yourself don’t get hurt while fogging and that you don’t break the fogger upon that first use.

Another thing that people consider as unnecessary and stupid is wearing protective gear while fogging when in fact it is very important to do so. Even though most fogging solutions aren’t poisonous or even harmful to people or even pets, they still contain insecticide which can however cause an allergic reaction to it if it comes in direct contact to human skin or if you breath it in. So I suggest you to not only wear work gloves, protective glasses and a respirator that isn’t made out of paper like material to avoid getting the fogger on your hands, in your eyes or mouth, but also always wear long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed toe shoes to further avoid any insecticide – skin contact.

Another safety tip for handling mosquito fogger and its insecticide is to be very careful when you are pouring the solution into the fogger’s tank. The insecticide in its original bottle is very concentrated, because when it is sprayed it gets thinned down, so if you get the solution on your hands or skin while it is in its original form, there is an even bigger possibility of allergic reaction. So wear gloves and some protective glasses even then to avoid possible accidents and trips to emergency room.

And then of course there are those fogger parts that, exposed to the elements, can cause you trouble. Propane foggers use propane tanks to power the fogger, which allows you to freely move around an area without having to watch out for eclectic cord. But you should be very careful not to expose the propane tank directly to open flame or intense sunlight, because that can lead to explosion that in return can cause burns and other major injuries. Other kind of foggers are the electrical foggers that are powered by electricity. Because they need to be plugged into a power outlet, they offer less movement, but still usually the power cords are pretty long and you can fog even very large areas with it. But, because the fogger needs to be plugged into electricity, you need to avoid any water contact. As you may know water and electricity don’t mix which means that if the fogger or the electric cord comes into contact with water it can short circuit and cause the unit to stop working. But that is only the best case scenario. This kind of thing can also blow your fuse or even zap you. In both cases not only you, but others around you, can get injured.

Mosquito fogger is an effective way to get rid of insects, but you need to also remember that it is a tool that works on propane or electricity and emits hot and insecticide laced fog. So be careful using the fogger, follow these few simple tips and you will be safe while living insect and mosquito free life.


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Can you recommend a respirator?


    This one by 3M Safety is a great option.

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