Propane foggers are one of the most efficient way how to get rid of mosquitoes in your garden, backyard, or even at a camping site or picnic site, because this kind of fogger is compact, you can use it anywhere thanks to the fact that it is powered by propane and it really is great at eliminating mosquitoes. But there are a few things that you should know about propane foggers to ensure your safety and safety to those around you. So here are tips for using a propane fogger safely and efficiently.
Because you are working with propane fogger and using a propane cylinder to power it, you need to know how to properly handle the propane cylinder.
- First and foremost you always need to tightly shut all valves of the propane cylinder after you use it no matter if it is empty or still half full. This simple action will ensure that propane cannot leak from the canister and cause either fire or some kind of injury.
- You also need to safely and properly store the propane cylinder. You cannot store it near areas where the temperature is over 40 degrees Celsius, which includes areas near any heating source such as fireplace, stove and so on. Any heat source or room where it is very hot will create pressure inside the cylinder, that can possibly cause the cylinder to accidentally release propane, which if comes in contact with fire can even cause an explosion. It also isn’t recommended to store propane cylinder indoors and in enclosed spaces such as basements, sheds or even garages.
- An obvious tip that still needs to be reminded is to not smoke or have open flame or any kind of spark near the propane cylinder, because that also can end in fire or explosion and can cost you your life.
- If you want to use your propane fogger outside your garden or yard, that means you need to know how to properly transport it too. First you need to make sure that the cylinder is secured into upright position and it cannot fall or move around the car. This way there is no way the valve can come undone or anything can happen to the fogger. And also make sure your vehicle isn’t too hot and it is well ventilated, because that will make sure that the pressure cannot build up inside the canister. And the second you arrive at your destination, immediately remove the cylinder from your car to further ensure that it can’t be damaged and you are safe.
- Also there always might be the possibility that your propane cylinder somehow gets damaged. In this case you absolutely cannot use it even if it leaks just a tiny bit. And to check if the propane cylinder is leaking you can perform a simple test called the bubble test. All you need to do is to apply leak detector solution or simply thick soapy water to the valve and other places that might be damaged. Then slowly open up the cylinders valve and check for bubbles. If there are bubbles forming, then try to close the valve and open up it again to double check, and if the bubbles are still appearing, then your propane cylinder is damaged and you need to safely dispose it.
- It is forbidden to simply throw the old propane cylinder in the trash. When the time comes of disposing your old or damaged propane canister you need to find a place in your area that specializes in this kind of thing, because there are specific ways of getting rid of propane cylinders.
There are also a few tips that can ensure more efficient fogging of any area.
- First is to fog any area in dusk, dawn of late afternoon, because these are times when mosquitoes are the most active and you have bigger chance to get rid of most of them.
- Also make sure you fog all areas including all the bushes, corners and nooks and crannies, because those are places where mosquitoes like to hide the most.
- Another tip is to not fog when there is precipitation or heavy wind, because these both factors will dissolve the fog more quickly and not give it time to settle on the ground and plants. And to do its job.
- And when fogging with a propane fogger make sure you wear some kind of protective gear, at least gloves and respirator, because although the fog is not harmful to humans or pets, if you are fogging your area that means that you will get the most concentrated dose of the fog and that can cause allergic reaction, because you are working with insecticide after all.