We are often asked if the chemicals used in our mosquito control sprays and misting systems are safe for children and pets. This is a reasonable question because many of our clients have children – and with children can come various pets. Not all mosquito control chemicals or repellent sprays are children or pet friendly.
Here at Mr. Mister, we are well aware of our customer’s concerns and take safety into account. Our engineers and service personnel have the same problems as you about this, and they would undoubtedly be very apprehensive working with us were their health concerns not addressed to their satisfaction.
Mr. Mister uses only mosquito repellents and safe chemicals for you, your family, and our employees! It would help if you had no concerns regarding this, although we do stress that exposing babies under two months to mosquito control sprays or mists is not advised. Although our systems are of low toxicity to people and pets, very young children may experience discomfort if exposed to them during application. Once applied, please wait 30 minutes; it is safe for your kids to play in your yard.
What Chemicals Are Used In Mr. Mister Mosquito Control?
Let’s look at our ClearZoneTM mosquito treatment first. The main spray chemical we use is based on permethrin, a synthetic form of the natural pyrethrum extracted from the African daisy, a species of chrysanthemum. We use this to spray all the areas where mosquitoes can be expected to breed and hide when inactive. These include areas such as deep grass, shrubs, around the foundations of your home and any outbuildings, around drains and downpipes, etc.
This chemical is absorbed into the body at one-twentieth of that of DEET – 5% of the DEET absorption rate. Permethrin is significantly safer to use than DEET and is used in shampoos, pet protection, and to impregnate outdoor clothing.
All substances used in Mr. Mister’s mosquito control systems are EPA approved. Your family and pets will safely return outdoors a half-hour after treatment application. We use a 0.3% solution of permethrin in water, free of oils, and it does not stain clothing or anything else it is sprayed on. It is so safe that it is used in Africa to impregnate mosquito netting for children under two years old.
Mister Natural Mosquito Sprays
We also offer 100% natural pyrethrum mosquito sprays. You will need a quote for these since their prices and availability vary. They are effective but require more frequent application. We recommend a fresh application every two weeks.
Why Not Use DEET?
Mr. Mister does not use DEET due to the question about their safety – particularly with children and small animals. We have no reason to use DEET because we have safer chemicals available. Some studies have shown DEET to be safe for use, while others have raised a question mark. Why take a chance on your safety when you have alternative mosquito control sprays and mists that are safer?
Rather than DEET, we use Picaridin, a synthetic insecticide safer than DEET. Developed in 2005 by Bayer, it is not related to DEET. It is significantly less toxic than DEET but is equally effective in mosquito mists and sprays without dissolving plastics and causing stains, as DEET does. However, unless you prefer Picaridin, we would typically use permethrin.
Are Mr. Mister Mosquito Control Chemicals Safe: Summary
Mr. Mister takes your safety very seriously. We would never use DEET but the much less toxic permethrin or Picaridin. We understand how all of the insecticides we use work to control mosquitoes and choose the correct one to suit your needs – but keeping the safety of you, your family, and your pets very much in mind.
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Are Mr. Mister Mosquito Control Chemicals safe for humans?
Yes, Mr. Mister Mosquito Control Chemicals are formulated to be safe for humans when used according to the instructions provided. However, following safety guidelines and avoiding direct contact with the chemicals is always recommended.
Can Mr. Mister Mosquito Control Chemicals cause any health risks?
When used as directed, Mr. Mister Mosquito Control Chemicals are not known to cause significant health risks. However, it is essential to use them responsibly and avoid excessive exposure. If you have specific health concerns, consult a healthcare professional before use.
Do Mr. Mister Mosquito Control Chemicals pose a risk to pets or wildlife?
Mr. Mister Mosquito Control Chemicals are generally safe for pets and wildlife when used according to instructions. However, keeping pets and other animals away from treated areas is advisable until the chemicals have dried or dissipated.
What precautions should I take when using Mr. Mister Mosquito Control Chemicals?
To ensure safety:
- Follow the instructions provided on the product labels.
- When applying the chemicals, wear appropriate protective clothing, such as gloves and long sleeves.
- Avoid contact with eyes, mouth, and broken skin. If accidental exposure occurs, rinse thoroughly with water and seek medical attention if necessary.
Can Mr. Mister Mosquito Control Chemicals be used around children?
Mr. Mister Mosquito Control Chemicals should be used with caution around children. Keep children away from treated areas until the chemicals have dried or dissipated. Store the chemicals out of reach of children in a secure location.
Are there any eco-friendly alternatives to Mr. Mister Mosquito Control Chemicals?
Yes, there are eco-friendly alternatives available for mosquito control. These include natural repellents, mosquito traps, and preventive measures such as eliminating standing water where mosquitoes breed. Consider these options if you have concerns about the use of chemical-based products.
Where can I find more information about the safety of Mr. Mister Mosquito Control Chemicals?
For more detailed information about the safety of Mr. Mister Mosquito Control Chemicals, refer to the product labels, manufacturer’s website, or contact the customer service of the company that produces the chemicals.
Mr. Mister Mosquito Control Chemicals prioritize safety for both humans and pets. The company understands the concerns of customers and takes security seriously. The chemicals used, such as permethrin and Picaridin, are considered safe when used according to instructions. These chemicals have been approved by the EPA and are used in various applications, including mosquito netting for children under two years old in Africa. DEET is not used due to safety concerns; safer alternatives are chosen instead. While precautions should be taken during the application, once the treatment has dried or dissipated, it is generally safe for children and pets to return to the treated areas. For more specific information on safety or any other questions, customers can contact Mr. Mister through their contact form or by calling the provided phone number for a quote.