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Mosquito Control Safety: Misting Systems and Child Safety

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Mr. Mister takes mosquito control safety very seriously.  Our mosquito misting system is very effective at eradicating mosquitoes and other biting insects from your backyard, garden or commercial premises. We are very aware of the potential effect of insecticides on humans and animals, particularly with respect to child safety. We can categorically state with confidence, that the mosquito control systems we use are as safe for babies, toddlers and older children as is possible for systems intended to control insects.

Dangers of DEET

A major factor in mosquito control safety is our choice of insecticides. There are many insecticides that can be used to destroy mosquitoes. Every single one of them is based upon a chemical that is poisonous to them – that only makes sense! One of the more common types is based upon a chemical with the Sunday name of N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or DEET in short. This insecticide was developed by the US Army during World War 2 in order to protect its troops from insects when fighting in the jungles in Asia.

It is therefore very effective but also very aggressive, and not recommended for use in domestic situations where it can come into contact with children. Even so, it is used today is many brands of anti-mosquito spray and other insecticides. Do we use it? Emphatically No!

What Chemical Do We Use?

Mr. Mister would not subject our customers to this level of risk. The African daisy is a type of chrysanthemum that contains a chemical known as Pyrethrum which protects it from attack by certain species of insect. The chemical structure of Pyrethrum can be reproduced in the laboratory to produce permethrin, which has been found to be a very effect form of mosquito control.

This is the active basis of our Atlanta mosquito control misting system. Our solutions contain 0.3% permethrin and 99.7% water – no oils or anything else that can stain or leave marks on wherever we spray it and no other harmful chemicals. If you think permethrin might itself be dangerous to your children, then consider this fact:

Permethrin and Child Safety

Permethrin is used in Ghana and Kanya (and likely now many other areas of Africa subject to high mosquito activity) to impregnate bed nets for children. The ability of these nets to repel mosquitoes is significantly increased, and the death rate for children from malaria is significantly reduced (see refs below.) Mr. Mister uses this same chemical in our Mosquito control spray in Atlanta.

The same substance is used in medical shampoos, is impregnated into some types of outdoor clothing and is also used to protect pets from insect and flea infestations. The EPA has found that the benefits of using permethrin significantly outweigh any risk involved in using it, and that less than 1% is absorbed by the human body compared to up to 20% of the more dangerous DEET.

Mosquito Control Safety Systems: EPA Approval

The permethrin used in the Mr. Mister mosquito control systems is regulated and approved by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency.) It is a synthetic insecticide with a long history of safety. A risk/benefit balancing analysis conducted by the EPA saw the benefits of permethrin dramatically outweighing the risks and it is of significantly less risk than DEET.

Our mosquito control safety system prevents the use of harmful substances, and the mosquito misting system we use is as safe as you can get for children and even babies. If the Africans find it effective and safe to use it to impregnate mosquito netting for children under 2 years old, then it should also be safe for young children in Atlanta, Georgia. Contact us for advice on controlling your mosquito problem at (404) 941-0720 or Click Here for a Quote

References:

Hawley WA, Phillips-Howard PA, ter Kuile FO, Terlouw DJ, Vulule JM, Ombok M, Nahlen BL, Gimnig JE, Kariuki SK, Kolczak MS, Hightower AW: Community-wide effects of permethrin-treated bed nets on child mortality and malaria morbidity in western Kenya.
Am J Trop Med Hyg 2003, 68(Suppl 4):121-127. PubMed Abstract

Guillet P, Alnwick D, Cham MK, Neira M, Zaim M, Heymann D, Mukelabai K: Long-lasting treated mosquito nets: a breakthrough in malaria prevention.
B World Health Organ 2001., 79

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