If you want to fight and win against mosquitoes, you should try using a mosquito fogger. Foggers are an extremely efficient tool that lets you keep mosquitoes at bay for several hours.
To choose the best type of fogger, it isn’t enough to know about the different types of mosquito foggers. You also need to know about the insecticide that goes inside the mosquito fogger, since this is what will kill and repel the mosquitoes.
Mosquito fogging solutions are divided into two main categories:
- Water-based solutions
- Oil-based solutions
To know which liquid to use, you’ll need to know a little more about them and where each is used. Don’t forget that foggers can also be used for odor and mold control, not just pest control.
Water-Based Fogging Solutions
Let’s discuss water-based fogging solutions first. This kind of insecticide is newer and less expensive than oil-based solutions.
You can use water-based fogging solutions at home, in picnic spots, or even at campsites. Many commercial fogging companies also use water-based solutions for mosquito fogging or other types of fogging, such as odor control and disinfection.
Water-based solutions offer some advantages over oil-based solutions besides cost.
- virtually odorless,
- won’t stain the area that is being fogged,
- pose a low fire risk,
- safer for the environment.
Water-based insecticides are lighter and will disperse quicker. This makes them perfect to use a little while before a party or a BBQ so that by the time the guests arrive, the insecticide will be out of sight and the mosquitoes will be, too.
Oil-Based Fogging Solutions
The other type of fogging solution is oil based. As the name suggests, these use oil instead of water as the base. This makes the solution heavier than a water-based insecticide, so it won’t stay in the air as long. They are only effective against mosquitoes as long as they’re airborne. However, for other applications, it will stay on the surface being treated longer than water-based solutions.
Unfortunately, this also means that an oil-based fogging solution might stain surfaces, which is why oil-based fogging solutions are used outdoors more than indoors.
Oil-based solutions are better in bad weather, though. For example, let’s say that you live in a coastal town near the sea and there aren’t many days with just a light breeze. If you often experience strong wind, you won’t have to wait for calm days if you use an oil-based solution. You can fog anytime and the solution will still work because it is heavier than water-based solutions and less prone to being blown away.
To sum up, there are four main differences between water-based and oil-based fogging solutions. These differences also dictate their use.
- Water-based solutions are odorless while oil-based solutions might have a bit of a lasting odor.
- Water-based solutions don’t stain surfaces, but oil-based solutions might.
- Water-based solutions dissipate more quickly while oil-based solutions will linger on the surface.
- Water-based solutions are not flammable, while many oil-based solutions are.
The third difference is also the reason why you should use a water-based insecticide when there is little to no wind and precipitation. These are also the better choice when you want no trace of insecticide to remain a short time after fogging. The final difference makes water-based solutions better for indoor use, too.
Use an oil-based solution if you are fogging in stronger wind or precipitation conditions.
They’re also perfect if you don’t mind the insecticide having a slight odor or lingering on surfaces for a bit longer. Never use them near open flame.
One word of caution, though. Check your fogger first to see what type of insecticide it’s meant for. Some foggers only work with water-based solutions while others can only use oil-based solutions. With luck, you’ll have one of those foggers that works with both types of solutions, which allows you a larger variety of insecticides to work with.