Mosquito Fogger Review

By Todd Fratzel on Power Tools, Product Reviews

picture of mosquito 86 agent E blowerI was sent a mosquito fogger to use and write a review on. With all the rain we’ve had this summer there is still a pretty good crop of mosquitoes flying around our property. So I decided to give this piece of equipment a try and see how it works. The product that I’m reviewing is the gas powered mosquito fogger, Mosquito 86 Agent E.

Mosquitoes are not only irritating when they bite you but they can also carry very serious diseases that can be transmitted from a bite. Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is a rare but serious disease caused by a virus transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. West Nile Virus (WNV) is another serious diseased transmitted by mosquitoes.

The Mosquito 86 Agent E fogger uses permethrin as the chemical insecticide. According to the manufacturer: “Permethrin is a member of a pesticide class called pyrethroids, which are similar to the natural insecticide pyrethrum present in chrysanthemum plants. It is effective against a broad range of pests, such as external parasites and flying insects. Permethrin and other pyrethroids are commonly used to control adult mosquitoes. Products containing pyrethroids usually contain piperonyl butoxide (PBO) which makes the pyrethroid more effective in killing insects. Permethrin and other pyrethroids work by over-stimulating the nervous system of insects, causing the insect to die.”

According to Wikipedia permethrin is a common synthetic chemical used as an insecticide. It’s considered safe for most mammals and humans. Permethrin is used in common mosquito and tick repellents. However, permethrin is toxic to fish, honey bees, and small animals such as cats and mice. Overall it appears that this is a widely used insecticide throughout the world for controling mosquitoes.

picture of mosquito 86 agent E foggerThis particular model comes with a 2-cycle gasoline blower from McCulloch. You can buy the entire Mosquito 86 Agent E Blower from Amazon for about $200. The nice thing about having this mosquito fogger is you also get a pretty nice gas powered leaf blower at the same time. So if you’re thinking about buying a leaf blower and you’d like the ability to kill some mosquitoes, hornets, bees, and other flying insects then this might be a product you’d be interested in buying.

The product is really easy to use. Basically, you take off the normal leaf blower nozzle and insert a special fogger attachment that is supplied with the Mosquito 86 Agent E Blower kit. There is a plastic container that you put the chemicals into along with cool water. The container is supported on your back with straps. You connect a small plastic hose from the container to the gas powered blower with the special fogger attachment.

Then all you do is fire up the leaf blower and walk around your yard spraying the insecticide. I did this several days ago when the unit arrived and it seems to have helped eliminate mosquitoes and the wasps that were living on our porch. The real test will come next spring when the mosquitoes are as thick as pea soup here in New England. Until then I’d say this is a great mosquito spraying kit plus you get a nice gas powered leaf blower with the deal.

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the author of Tool Box Buzz and Today's Green Construction. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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