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Remember We Were Talking About Mosquito Misting Systems??

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Green Dreams, Sep 2, 2004.

  1. Green Dreams

    Green Dreams LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 593

    It amazes me that just anyone, licensed or not, can order these things and run a "company"....Well not here, baby....

    Texas Structural Pest Control Board

    “A State Agency”

    P.O. Box 1927

    Austin, Texas 78767-1927

    September 2, 2004 Contact: Dale Burnett: (512) 305-8250
    Patrick Crimmins: 512-393-5090, 512-787-5090


    Many Contractors Unlicensed; “Harmless”Pesticides Actually Potentially Toxic

    As the Labor Day weekend approaches, consumers should carefully scrutinize advertising claims about automated mosquito misting systems, and must be aware that pesticides used in such systems are potentially toxic to people and pets. Consumers also should demand proof of licensing by the Texas Structural Pest Control Board.

    These aggressively marketed systems promise automated mosquito control using pyrethrum, a derivative of chrysanthemum flowers imported into the United States. While the base compound is a natural derivative, pesticides including these compounds are potentially toxic and label precautions should be read and followed.

    And, many companies which install and maintain the systems are operating illegally without state license, avoiding inspection and enforcement designed to protect public health. Licensing requirements include insurance requirements. Some companies also are engaging in false and misleading advertising, also against state law.

    “Each of these pesticides contain label warnings which the consumer should ask for from the installer, and examine,” said John Lee Morrison, Chairman of the Texas Structural Pest Control Board. “The companies that market and install these systems should not tell the consumer they are inherently safe. Like the use of any pesticide, they are safe only if precautions are known about and followed.”

    One of the pyrethrum-based products, RIPTIDE, includes this warning: “Hazards to humans and domestic animals…harmful if swallowed or absorbed through the skin…avoid contact with skin, eyes or clothing.” ULD HydroPY-300, a pyrethrin concentrate, includes similar label warnings.

    A third commonly-used product, Pyronyl 303 Emulsifiable Concentrate, contains this separate warning on its label: “If the system is automated, a rain sensor and a wind sensor must be installed on the system to control drift and runoff. The system timer must not activate and/or apply insecticide when people, pets and food/feed are present.”

    Dale Burnett, executive director of the Structural Pest Control Board, said the agency has licensed some companies in Texas which install and maintain the popular systems. But others are unlicensed and consumers should always ask for documentation of proper state licensing.

    “The investigation of unlicensed operators is one of this agency’s top priorities,” Burnett said. “And we will continue to pursue enforcement action against companies that use false, misleading or deceptive advertising.”

    Consumers can use the agency’s website, www.spcbtx.org, to check if a company has a license. For more information regarding proper licensing, pesticide use, and advertising concerns, contact Jeff Isler at the pest control board at (512) 305-8288
  2. bugpage

    bugpage LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

  3. Hogjaw

    Hogjaw LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    Brother-in-law and family had one installed around pool area last spring..........had it removed prior to summer's end........it didn't bother the skitters at all.

    They were fortunate and received full refund except for chemical used.
  4. bugpage

    bugpage LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    In some markets it is a buyer beware issue. Some areas in TX, LA, GA and FL are getting flooded with these type of system installers. At one time last year there where 43 installers in Houston alone.

    If you choose a reputable system and one that has been in business for years, success in mosquito control is accomplished. It's is how it is install in the yard that gains the most effectiveness. The nozzles need to be put at the areas where the mosquitoes breed - turf, shrubs, hedges, etc. The goal like any mosquito control program is to break the breeding cycle and lower the populations. It has to be more than just around the pool area.

    I'm just guessing that your Brother-In-Law did not have a worthy firm install it. There are many start-up fly by night companies installing - tring to make a quick buck.

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