Greenhouse Fogging: Is It a Good Idea?

Do you need to get rid of mosquitoes in a fairly large area? Do you want to do it quickly, with lasting effects? A mosquito fogger is a great way to do just that. It offers great results in terms of killing the mosquitoes that come in contact with the fog. Afterward, they can even repel other insects, so that they won’t venture into your yard and bother you.

Mosquitoes don’t only live in our yards, though. They also like the warm, humid environment offered by greenhouses. Is using mosquito foggers in greenhouses safe and/or healthy? If so, what are the benefits of doing so? Let’s find the answers to these questions!

Is it safe?

No matter if it’s for mosquitoes or any other insect or pest, how safe using a fogger in greenhouses is will really depend on what insecticide or pesticide you use.

You want to make sure that the insecticide you choose is safe to use in your greenhouse and your garden. So, chose one that is labeled as an insecticide or pesticide for use in your garden. You can also pick up a natural pesticide or insecticide. Those will definitely be safe to use around any vegetables, fruits, herbs, or any other plants that you grow in your greenhouse.

As for the spray that the fogger outputs, that, too, is safe to use around different plants. Using a fogger means that the solution will come out as fog and won’t harm your plants.

Is it efficient?

It can be very difficult to control insects and pests in a greenhouse. Greenhouses usually aren’t very big and are built in a way that provides different insects and pests a lot of places to hide. This makes it extra hard to maintain a pest- and insect-free greenhouse.

Applying pesticides or insecticides with a fogger will allow you to treat every part of the greenhouse, including every nook and cranny. This fog consists of tiny droplets that can easily enter into even the smallest of cracks. That makes a fogger the most efficient way to distribute insecticide or pesticide in both large and small areas full of obstacles.

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Which fogger should I use?

When it comes to foggers for greenhouses, this implies smaller spaces. So, you should think about a fogger that can deliver the smallest droplets possible. This means that an ultra-low volume (ULV) cold fogger or a thermal fogger would probably be your best bet. These foggers can emit very small particles, making sure that your insecticide or pesticide covers all the surfaces in your greenhouse and gets into the tiniest of cracks.

What are the benefits?

There are multiple benefits of using a fogger to get rid of pests in greenhouses.

The fogging process is much quicker than the alternative, which would be hand-picking the pests out of the whole greenhouse. Foggers also offer much better results.

On top of that, a fogger also limits how much pesticide or insecticide you use during treatment. This helps you be more eco-friendly and ensures that your greenhouse doesn’t get a pesticide overdose.

A fogger will also make sure that the insecticide- or pesticide-laced fog covers not only the top of the plants but the bottom, too. This will stop any pests from taking cover under the foliage and surviving treatment.

Are there any drawbacks?

Well, there are a few things that might make you rethink your decision to use a fogger in your greenhouse.

These drawbacks include the fact that foggers will tend to leave a bit of residue in your greenhouse. This is especially true if you use an oil-based insecticide or pesticide. Also, not all solutions work on all pests and insects. So, you might need to fog with a few different fogging solutions to get rid of all of your different pests and insects.

Those drawbacks are insignificant when compared to the speed and efficiency with which a fogger works. What is that small inconvenience compared to a chance to get rid of all of the pests and insects in your greenhouse and do it quickly?

2 Comments

caroline

Will Foggers harm nematodes in a greenhouse?

    InsectCop

    Depends on the insecticide you’re using. To keep your nematodes safe, be sure to pick a product that will not harm them (pay attention to the label, and, if it doesn’t specify the effects on nematodes, you can always try contacting the manufacturer).

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