Mosquito Backpack Fogger

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Mosquito Backpack Fogger

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Who has one? I currently spend about $800 a year on a pro service. I have an outdoor kitchen/fire pit that gets nightly use so it worth it. But the cost has been going up and the effectiveness down. I’m tempted to buy my own $300 Amazon sourced sprayer and give it a go. Anyone have experience with these? I’m thinking I need to rotate pesticides maybe? Haven’t had a chance to spend a lot of time on the Google yet. Guidance appreciated.

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on Amazon there is a Petra plug in spray mister.i dont know how to put links up as i am technology defficient.but if you look up there website its a little cheaper than Amazon.189$ on Amazon.once again called Petra.good luck on saving money by doing it on your own.

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@silvercymbal has one and a YouTube video of it in use. I tried a handheld propane fogger from Black Flag but found better control with bifenthrin and a battery power sprayer. No backpack fogging experience though as I don't treat my wooded area as it is less used than the yard.

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I've been using demand Cs for a while. It is cheap and easy to apply. It takes cares of mosquitos very good. I apply it using a 1g tank sprayer to get the walls, chairs and shrubs with it.

I just don't see how a fogger works long term.

This thread has good recent info. viewtopic.php?t=7473

And this is the diy thread: viewtopic.php?t=6476

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Last year we purchased the Invatech Italia 868 Mist Duster backpack blower for my dad.

https://www.misterduster.com/mistblower ... _p/868.htm

He uses it to spray the natural garlic based mosquito and tick repellent at his house, my house and a friends house. He has limited hours on it, used it to apply 4 sets of applications, maybe 4-5 hours so far. The machine works very well, starts right up and easily carries product 40+ feet. Biggest complaint is it is noisy, but with ear protection that is a non-issue. Buying the blower and concentrate for his yard alone last year was less than he would have spent with a local company. Is the machine as well built as a Stihl or my Husqvarna 570BTS? No, but it is certainly built well enough for a homeowner to use for a very long time. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to use it for personal use. One nice feature of the blower is it pressurizes the tank so you get a consistent product output.

Before the purchase I emailed the misterduster website with some questions. They replied very quickly and answered all of my questions, even sending me a .pdf of the owners manual before I purchased.

As for the garlic mosquito spray, all of the treated yards had very low tick population. I wouldn't say 0 ticks, but probably a 95% reduction in ticks found on our dog which was very good. At my parents house they had pretty much 0 mosquitos. My yard and our neighbors yard had a noticeable decrease in mosquitos, however they were still bad enough that we applied Bifin I/T and that took care of the problem.

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I have a Stihl SR 450 that I have used for 2 seasons. The key to mosquito control is getting product where the mosquitos harbor... the underside of the leaf. Using a sprayer without additional air movement is a waste of money when it comes to mosquito control in my opinion. Putting the product on with the mist blower covers both sides of the leaf and the underside has added residual control due to the fact that it is protected to some degree from UV.

The blower will pay for itself if you are paying $800/annually. Talstar 3 ft up and 3 ft out on your home plus spraying for mosquitos etc in the foliage will help quite a bit if you run a 30-45 day schedule. I have been using Fendona CS for family members who I do not visit all that often and they are seeing 2 months+ of mosquito control after I leave which is a big plus. Occasionally I will add Essentria IC3 for additional repellency - smells like rootbeer.

As far as spray accuracy, I have used it for Primo Maxx apps on the lawn and it has given me very even applications, I was pleasantly surprised - but my arm was tired from rapid swinging side-to-side.

Let me know if you have any specific questions about the mister's use.
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Thanks for the advice on this subject. I’ve been watching videos, reading the suggested links and overthinking in general. Just what I was trying to avoid. 😂

I’ll post my decision and a review of the process.

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x Wild Bill x wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:50 pm
Last year we purchased the Invatech Italia 868 Mist Duster backpack blower for my dad.

https://www.misterduster.com/mistblower ... _p/868.htm

He uses it to spray the natural garlic based mosquito and tick repellent at his house, my house and a friends house. He has limited hours on it, used it to apply 4 sets of applications, maybe 4-5 hours so far. The machine works very well, starts right up and easily carries product 40+ feet. Biggest complaint is it is noisy, but with ear protection that is a non-issue. Buying the blower and concentrate for his yard alone last year was less than he would have spent with a local company. Is the machine as well built as a Stihl or my Husqvarna 570BTS? No, but it is certainly built well enough for a homeowner to use for a very long time. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to use it for personal use. One nice feature of the blower is it pressurizes the tank so you get a consistent product output.

Before the purchase I emailed the misterduster website with some questions. They replied very quickly and answered all of my questions, even sending me a .pdf of the owners manual before I purchased.

As for the garlic mosquito spray, all of the treated yards had very low tick population. I wouldn't say 0 ticks, but probably a 95% reduction in ticks found on our dog which was very good. At my parents house they had pretty much 0 mosquitos. My yard and our neighbors yard had a noticeable decrease in mosquitos, however they were still bad enough that we applied Bifin I/T and that took care of the problem.
i was thinking of getting this exact setup the italia blower and using the mosiquito barrier to repel ticks. I cannot really tell if you are endorsing the mosiquiteo barrier as effective or stating it did not work since you switched to Bifin? I also found a product called Ecovia MT which is supposed to work on ticks too...

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more general question are you all finding the backpack blower effective for ticks?

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When I don't miss the reapply interval for Demand CS and Bifen, we have zero mosquito's and ticks. The tick control lasts really long. I use this hose end sprayer - https://smile.amazon.com/Chapin-Interna ... B00UER1S2I

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I run the SR200 and have pretty good results with it: https://www.stihlusa.com/products/spray ... ers/sr200/ I spray Bifen XTS, sometimes permethrin sfr for the immediate knockdown.

I really want a thermal fogger like: https://www.pestgoaway.com/thermal-fogg ... GOEALw_wcB

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Thermal foggers do not put down a residual barrier like the spray blowers. Personally, I use an engine drive backpack sprayer that operates at high pressure to direct a spray into trees, shrubs, and tall vegetation. It is not a blower, rather it has a pump that operates at over 500 psi and 3 gpm

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estcstm3 wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:04 am
x Wild Bill x wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:50 pm
Last year we purchased the Invatech Italia 868 Mist Duster backpack blower for my dad.

https://www.misterduster.com/mistblower ... _p/868.htm

i was thinking of getting this exact setup the italia blower and using the mosiquito barrier to repel ticks. I cannot really tell if you are endorsing the mosiquiteo barrier as effective or stating it did not work since you switched to Bifin? I also found a product called Ecovia MT which is supposed to work on ticks too...
@estcstm3

Sorry for not being clear. At my parents house the garlic mosquito barrier works great, it is all they use. They maybe get 2 or 3 ticks on the dog a year now, previously they would get 2 or 3 a day during certain times of the year. It also seems to have eliminated 95%+ mosquitoes at their house.

At my house and a neighbors house, I would say it eliminated 95%+ of ticks and 75% of mosquitoes. We have two small children and love spending time outside so I wanted to eliminate all the mosquitoes and went with BiFen IT in select areas of the yard that avoids pollinators and it has worked great. I would recommend either product, the mosquito barrier is obviously the "less" toxic option.

I had looked into the Ecovia MT and only saw so-so reviews, plus had one friend that used it and he said he felt it didn't work very well.

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OK so bear with me here... After reading this thread I decided to test a theory about the spray blowers. Basically this ties two pieces of equipment that I currently own into one, Backpack sprayer + Echo Blower. You can imagine where I'm going with this...

I filled my backpack sprayer with 1 gallon of water and .5oz of Telstar Bifen with the cone nozzle attached. The cone nozzle has a slight bend in the tip so I placed a piece of tape over the nozzle onto the end of the blower tube. From here I fired up the blower and to my surprise it actually worked quite well. My Echo blower has a cruise control function on it so all I needed to do was pull release the liquid from my sprayer and the blower would mist the liquid onto the surface. I admit I got a crazy idea in my head and just decided to experiment with it. I sprayed everything from the tree line in my back yard to the landscaping and deck etc.. I will report back and let everyone know if the mosquitoes are suppressed.

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You are not off in left field at all. That is the principle of how modern orchard and vineyard sprayers work. Those use a blower directing air into a chute containing spray nozzles installed in the stream of air. The spray nozzles are operated via a high capacity pump. The air is used to propel the spray into the trees or grape vines.

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x Wild Bill x wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:57 pm
estcstm3 wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:04 am
x Wild Bill x wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:50 pm
Last year we purchased the Invatech Italia 868 Mist Duster backpack blower for my dad.

https://www.misterduster.com/mistblower ... _p/868.htm

i was thinking of getting this exact setup the italia blower and using the mosiquito barrier to repel ticks. I cannot really tell if you are endorsing the mosiquiteo barrier as effective or stating it did not work since you switched to Bifin? I also found a product called Ecovia MT which is supposed to work on ticks too...
@estcstm3

Sorry for not being clear. At my parents house the garlic mosquito barrier works great, it is all they use. They maybe get 2 or 3 ticks on the dog a year now, previously they would get 2 or 3 a day during certain times of the year. It also seems to have eliminated 95%+ mosquitoes at their house.

At my house and a neighbors house, I would say it eliminated 95%+ of ticks and 75% of mosquitoes. We have two small children and love spending time outside so I wanted to eliminate all the mosquitoes and went with BiFen IT in select areas of the yard that avoids pollinators and it has worked great. I would recommend either product, the mosquito barrier is obviously the "less" toxic option.

I had looked into the Ecovia MT and only saw so-so reviews, plus had one friend that used it and he said he felt it didn't work very well.
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Bmitch05, can you give an update on your “backpack sprayer/blower” combo? I’m very interested in doing something similar. If I didn’t buy a huge husqvaurna backpack blower a few years ago, I would invest in the solo 452 mister. I have a couple of hand held blowers and a battery operated 4 gallon sprayer. So taping the sprayer nozzle to the end of the blower seems like it would accompolish a similar result (not quite as good) as the $700 dollar solo mister.

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I'm running the Stihl SR430 with the Do Your Own Professional kit. We have a wooded back property line and a pool. Last year the Mosquitos would chase you indoors at dusk. This year we have no issues, and my neighbors want me to treat their yards and pay for the chemicals. Well worth the investment if you spend time outside...Another perk these chemicals also kill ants, termites, spiders, roaches and other pest that will get into your home so it's just another barrier to keep you safe and pest free inside as well.
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BHopper wrote:
Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:29 am
I'm running the Stihl SR430 with the Do Your Own Professional kit. We have a wooded back property line and a pool. Last year the Mosquitos would chase you indoors at dusk. This year we have no issues, and my neighbors want me to treat their yards and pay for the chemicals. Well worth the investment if you spend time outside...Another perk these chemicals also kill ants, termites, spiders, roaches and other pest that will get into your home so it's just another barrier to keep you safe and pest free inside as well.
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That’s the unit I’ve been eyeing. The 430 has the pump that allows you to get vertical with the fog. How have you been liking the machine and any leak issues?

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