A mosquito misting system can represent an easy, hands-off approach to dealing with a pesky mosquito problem. But if you’re looking to buy a mosquito misting system, it can be difficult to know what questions to ask or how to ensure that you get the right system for your needs. After all, if you’re wondering whether mosquito systems are safe or what a mosquito misting system will cost you over the long haul, it’s better to get those questions answered up front instead of hoping that it all just works out.

What repellant or insecticide is used in your system?

One of the most important questions to ask when looking to buy a mosquito misting system is what kind of insect repellant will be used. Certain insecticides will kill mosquitoes but are not harmful to pets or children, which can be a primary desire for a family home or anywhere animals and people may be. More powerful repellants may be desirable for their efficacy, but not if it comes with a safety risk.

How much will the installation cost?

The cost of your next mosquito misting system isn’t solely about the hardware and the solution inside — a big chunk of that cost comes from the installation, which is a largely manual process that takes both time and labor. If you need nozzles and tubing installed around your large property, that could represent a sizable sum. But if you can get an estimate of the total installation cost up front, you’ll have a better idea of what it’ll all cost before your system is ready to use.

What is the schedule for spraying?

A mosquito misting system works because it sprays on an automated schedule calculated for when mosquitoes are at their most active. For the most part, that means a spray at dawn and dusk, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stick with those times, at least exclusively. If you have an upcoming event or get-together in the back yard, you can set a one-off spray an hour before the event to truly target your efforts. However, it can help to know when those automatic sprays will be going off so that you can plan to be inside or elsewhere when it happens.

How do refills work?

For any kind of automatic mosquito misting system, you’ll need periodic refills to ensure that the system has enough juice to do its work. Whether that’s monthly, quarterly or some other kind of time period, you’ll need to know when to get a refill or top off the solution so that you don’t miss out on any valuable protection. Some companies will take care of all the refilling for you while others may offer a convenient way to buy refills for your own refilling. If one option is more in line with your needs, just ask.

Who is the manufacturer of the mosquito misting system?

Before buying a mosquito misting system, it’s important to know what you’re getting. There are very real differences between mosquito misting systems, and if you have your heart set on one kind of system and you get another, that could leave you with a system that you don’t really want. For the most part, mosquito control companies deal exclusively with one or two types of systems, and they can tell you why they like certain systems over another. 

How many mosquito control systems have you installed?

Some pest control companies may be new to the game or trying to shift from old-school spraying to an automated mosquito control system that makes mosquito control a cinch. But a bad installation can make that newfangled mosquito misting system less effective if it’s configured poorly, such as nozzles in the wrong places or a timer that doesn’t go off at the right part of the day. Just like with any tool, if it’s used poorly it’ll give you substandard results, and that’s not acceptable.

Can I see your referrals or references?

Any mosquito control company worth their salt is going to have solid referrals and references for all of their services and products, and that includes buying a mosquito system. By checking their references, you’ll be able to get an idea of the company’s competencies, as well as the types of problems that they’ve overcome in the past and how they can help you get in front of your mosquito problem.

Is there any type of satisfaction guarantee?

Reputable mosquito control companies will typically offer some kind of satisfaction guarantee if the mosquito control system doesn’t live up to your expectations. If you pay a company to install a mosquito control system and it doesn’t get rid of the mosquitoes on your property, then something’s wrong. Depending on the type of guarantee in place, you may be able to get a full or partial refund, which would protect you from springing for a system that may not help.

To find a MistAway system dealer near you, please click here. For additional reading, here’s how to choose the right misting system for you and more about how mosquito misting works.