mosquito control system interest

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by bugpage, Jun 24, 2004.

  1. bugpage

    bugpage LawnSite Member
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    Wondering if any lawncare professionals have heard of or have interest in automatic mosquito contorl systems that are installed in back yards and spray liquid insecticide through nozzles placed around the perimeter of a yard?

    If so, is there any interest as dealers? We are a manufacturer of an automatic mosquito control system (since 1985). If there is interest we are looking to market to the lawncare professional. Any feed-back would be great.
     
  2. Green Dreams

    Green Dreams LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
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    I have looked at them I think I could sell them, too. I just need to learn the installation and upkeep part. Is it difificult? Please keep in mind that I could not put a three piece puzzle together if I had to...lol

    Drew
     
  3. bugpage

    bugpage LawnSite Member
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    The installation is like most equipment, it takes time to learn about it. You could look at our web site www.automist.com to get some ideas. Mosquito control seems to be a growing market with West Nile on the rise. Many of our dealers are having success and their clients are very satisfied.
     
  4. TSM

    TSM LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Posts: 711

    here in MA, it is misleading (and illegal) to use the word safe when advertising the use of any pesticide.

    your website uses the word safe

    though i agree with all the site has to say about Pyrethrin...safe is misleading to say the least. whos to say who will be in the area of an automatic spray system, kids, pets, adults for that matter.

    though your system sounds good...not something i'd want to take on for liability issues.

    good luck
     
  5. bugpage

    bugpage LawnSite Member
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    We started in 1985 marketing to the livestock market, spraying mainly horse stables. Within the past 3 years the idea was brought to us and promoted by people other than us. We had never heard of it but were told it was big in the gulf states. We basicly started selling to companies that wanted to private label the equipment.

    Our dealers tell us they spray at midnight and 5 in the morning as to minimize spraying on people. We also thought of the risks and possible law suits. In the past 3 years I have seen over 300 dealers spring up selling these systems. No all ours. There is even a company out of TX that has franchised the whole thing and is looking at revenues of $100 million.

    As far as safe, we do promote the fact that we use safe insecticides, labeled for use in and around homes. Although many companies out there are tring to pass Pyrethrin sprays off as all natural. We only claim that the active ingredient (3% or 6%) is of natural origin.

    These systems have been around since the 70's spraying in dairy and horse barns. They spray 4-6 times per day between 8am and sunset. We alone have thousands of systems treating barns nation-wide. Never thought it would branch out into residential areas.

    Thanks for the feed -back. Anymore would be great.
     
  6. bugpage

    bugpage LawnSite Member
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    Thought I would add one more note.

    We usually use a 6% Pyrethrin Concentrate. In a 55 gallon reservoir we dilute 64 oz. conc. to 54 gallons of water. Basically looking for a 0.06% spray.
     
  7. Turf Medic

    Turf Medic LawnSite Bronze Member
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    IMO a big differnce between spraying around a bunch of 1200 lb cows and a 25 lb child. Might be over reacting, but I don't like the idea of introducing any kind of pesticide in the close proximity of children.
     
  8. bugpage

    bugpage LawnSite Member
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    I see your concern. I guess that is way the spray is released in hours when children wouldn't be present.

    It has got to be better than the guy who fogs his back yard in the middle of the afternoon when his children are present??

    I say that because I just saw my neighbor do it this weekend. His whole yard was full of fog. Kids where running though it - SCARRY.
     
  9. Turf Medic

    Turf Medic LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This will sound a little cold, but a big difference in liability a homeowner spraying his children, and a licensed, insured, business owner spraying chemicals into an environment that might affect children. Now from my point of view that is SCARY. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, if you could combine the equipment with a natural repellent ie the garlic, might make a difference.
     
  10. TSM

    TSM LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Posts: 711

    now that sounds like a very good idea!
    what say you, bugpage, is this doable?
     

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