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If you ask me to list the most dangerous living objects on earth, I would put “Mosquito” at the beginning of my list. Wondering why such a puny is at the top? Well, that’s because mosquitoes have caused more deaths on the planet earth than any other animal living in the world.
These bloodsucking creatures are solely responsible for dengue fever, malaria, and yellow fever death chain. But as a matter of fact, humans are more intelligent than mosquitoes. They have invented some of the best technology and procedures to kill these wannabe vampires (straight in your face, mosquito!).
Propane insect fogger is such an invention that goes down to its ability to reduce the size of insecticides in your living arena. This thermal device creates a fog, typically containing an insecticide for killing insects and other arthropods.
Once applied, this fogger hits the insect’s heavens and kills them on contact. Expect an awesome mosquito-free zone for a number of hours next.
But keep this in mind, that there are different insecticides for different insect terminations. These insecticides may contain poisonous chemicals that could be harmful to human, animals and other insects that are useful (of course, you don’t want to scare away the beautiful butterfly or dragonfly from your garden).
Each propane bug fogger has user-instructions or manual, go through them thoroughly to know about where you can and cannot fog, how many times you should fog with what insecticide, etc.
While we can't tell you whether or not to use a propane fogger, we can explain where you should and where you shouldn’t use them to help you decide.
Where to Use a Propane Insect Fogger
Using propane insect fogger is one of the best ideas to get rid of mosquitoes in your backyard, garden or even at a camping site or picnic site because this kind of fogger is lightweight and portable.
By the way, it is recommended to use a propane insect fogger outside where mosquito breeds. There are few tips that you can follow to ensure more efficient fogging:
- First, before I mention where to fog, knowing when to fog is utmost important. You should fog any area at dawn, late afternoon or at dusk because these are the times when mosquitoes are more active and you have higher chance to get rid of most of them.
- Now where to fog? Shrubbery, trees, grass vegetation; metal barrels and cans filled with water; clogged rain pools and gutters; swamps, ditches, ponds with stranded water, and of course, all the corners, bushes, nooks, and crannies. These are the places where mosquitoes like to hide the most.
- When fogging with a propane insect fogger, wear some sort of protective gear, such as gloves and respirator. Though the fog is not harmful to humans or pets, since you are fogging the area- you are the one getting the most concentrated dose of fog. These may cause allergic reaction later; after all, you are working with an insecticide.
Right insecticide Matters
Now, as you know where to use the propane mosquito fogger, it’s time to buy an insecticide that would serve the whole purpose of reducing mosquito and other insects.
Before you purchase an insecticide, ask yourself a few questions.
1. What is the problem? – Kids and adults get more insect bites in the winter season, mostly at dusk and at dawn.
2. Which insect do you think damages the most? - Identifying the pest is crucial. If you want to buy an insecticide, know what you want it to do.
To reduce mosquito, you need Malathion or Permethrin insecticide. To control bed bugs, you need Pyrethrins or Pyrethroids insecticide. So you are getting the idea.
3. What is your personal level of pest tolerance? - Before applying any insecticide, you should make sure that you are not harming any beneficial insects such as honeybees or other pollinators of your garden.
Let me share some of the nerd-talk with you. As you can see, at the end of the day you are working with a propane fogger with a propane cylinder to fuel it. It is important for you to know how to properly handle the propane cylinder, and be safe.
- First and foremost you must make sure to tightly shut all valves of the propane cylinder after you use it. It doesn’t matter if it is half full or empty. This simple step will assure that propane is not leaking from the canister that can cause the fire or other accidents.
- Store the propane cylinder in a safe place where the temperature is not over 40 degrees Celsius. So avoiding fireplace or stove is mandatory. It is recommended to store propane cylinder indoors, enclosed spaces are preferable such as basements, sheds or even garages.
- Smoking and having open flames or sparks near the propane cylinder are extremely prohibited. A leakage of the propane cylinder in contact with fire can end in an explosion, and these will cost lives.
Where you should not use a Propane Fogger
There are few times and places where you should not use a propane insect fogger, as it can be dangerous to the living objects nearby. Some of the surroundings to avoid fogging are as follows:
- Avoid fogging places where there is precipitation or gusty wind. This is because rain or wind dissolve the fog more quickly and do not give it enough time to settle on the plants and ground. Thus, by fogging in high wind conditions you will make more wastage of insecticide rather than making a visible impact on the mosquito population.
- If you are fogging in low wind conditions, protect your skin from the fog by wearing full sleeve clothes, gloves, and masks. Most insecticides contain chemicals that can be harmful if it gets into direct contact with your skin. Also, fog in direction of the wind and never stand in the crosswind as this will make the fog get blown back to you.
- A propane fogger has the tendency to pose a serious fire treats if used indoors. Plus, the fog includes insecticides which could be dangerous when inhaled, especially for children and pets. Make sure the area you want to fog is cleared from children and pets.
- Never fog near the food and food trays.
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But while fogging, keep in mind where you should fog and where not; after all, you are dealing with an active insecticide.