The Safety of Mosquito Misting Treatment Formulations


Natural pyrethrin and synthetic permethrin are the most common formulations used in misting-based mosquito treatment. They are among the least poisonous insecticides to mammals, and are important ingredients in products commonly found in most homes, like household aerosols and pet shampoos.


While they are low in toxicity to people and pets, it is not a good idea to come into close or frequent direct contact with the mist. Inhalation can cause respiratory problems (coughing, wheezing, etc.) and skin contact can cause a rash or itching. That's why on every Mist Away Mosquito Misting System, you'll see a Caution sign that reads "Do not mist in the presence of people, pets or food."


The U.S. EPA has recently published its findings of a review of pyrethrin and permethrin a used in automated residential mosquito misting systems:

  • "Based on its assessment, using toxicity data and exposure estimates, EPA does not expect risks of concern to humanswhen these chemicals are used in outdoor residential systems according to labeling specific for use in these systems. However, excessive use or accidents may pose risks. No pesticide should be regarded as 100% risk free."
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