Gnats and no-see-ums are problematic to control and require a different, more aggressive approach than controlling mosquito populations. From what we’ve gathered, there are generally too many of them to kill. Instead, the misting system will be used to force them to retreat and reorganize in waves during their active hours of the day. The system will be programmed so that each time they reorganize into a wave the misting system will beat them back, essentially creating temporary bubbles of protection around the perimeter of the home.
Although this aggressive approach is overkill for mosquito control, it’s better to focus on treating the gnats since they’re more troublesome. This approach should also take care of any mosquito problem at the same time. It is also highly advised to make use of the remote immediately before going out.
To control gnats/no-see-ums, set 8-10 mist cycles during both the morning (7-9 am) and dusk (7-9 pm) hours of the day.
- Set the cycle durations to 20 seconds each
- Space the misting cycles 15 minutes apart
- Run an additional remote mist cycle prior to stepping outside throughout the day
Note: Nearby waterways (ditches, canals, rivers, etc.) make pest management particularly difficult. We have run into a few, but not many, cases where a nozzle circuit that managed thorough coverage of a property still exhibited mosquito problems due to external sources for mosquito breeding. Essentially, the home was free of any mosquito breeding grounds but the mosquitos from the ditch/canal would just fly over the fence anyway. The short duration, rapid misting should help in protecting the customer from this scenario, as would using the remote before going outside.