LAKE CHARLES and SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) -
The Mosquito86 is a standard gas powered blower unit that dispenses a chemical solution that claims to exterminate mosquitoes and other flying insects. We took the unit to a the homes of a few our employees to see if this pest eliminator really blows away mosquito troubles.
Kaye Billeaudeaux of Sulphur explains her problem, "They're pretty bad. Especially about seven o'clock at night, you're trying to sit out and enjoy your company and they start to come out about then. And so when we're trying to sit out on the deck and enjoy it, it's miserable, you can't do it."
Cecile Cutrer of Lake Charles agrees, "When it starts getting dark, they immediately attract usually, kind of the lower area like your ankles and the bottom part of your legs. We'll be out here ten or fifteen minutes and then we'll have to go inside, so that's always an issue."
The Mosquito 86 looks like a lot of parts to assemble, but quickly I found that it's not that much of a hassle. The set-up: a standard blower unit with a misting attachment hooked to a one and a half gallon tank. The tank, blower, and mister work to dispense a solution of water and a chemical known as Mosquito86 Agent E. Hopefully, we're just ten instructions away from a mosquito free lawn.
I attached the special nozzle to the blower and thread the hose through the added loops. I squeezed to the line on the built in measuring tank on the bottle. The correct dosage is 1-1/4 ounces of Agent E. I poured the Agent E into the tank and mixed with 1-1/2 gallons of water from the garden hose. Next, I hung the tank on my back and pulled down on the chest straps to tighten. I then connected the tubing between the tank and the mister. This allowed fluid to gravity flow to the middle of the special blower haft, where the final stopper rests in the closed position. Now with the blower running and the throttle fully open, I squeezed together the valve on the misting attachment. The liquid began to dispense from the tip turning to a mist. I was ready to spray away the mosquito problem. I have two yards and thousands of enemies to eliminate.
We left off in Part I with two yards to spray and a fully assembled Mosquito86 unit. At Kaye's home, I began by spraying the lawn, including all plants, trees and other vegetation. I also sprayed generously on and below the deck where they feel the mosquitoes multiply in the damp area underneath the deck. The unit is gravity fed and designed to be held low and pointed low.
After finishing spraying, I said, "I just got done with the Mosquito86 here. We've managed to do the entire yard, including the deck, and even the plants here. It was a leaf blower, so it did blow some of the things around the yard. It did distribute an even mist as we used it, only using about half of the solution in the tank. Even the gas tank is doing a pretty good job, still about three quarters full."
I quickly disassembled the unit and packed it up to move to Cecile's yard. It was just getting dark as arrived. The instructions say it's best to apply at dusk on dry vegetation. The unit was easy to reassemble, so it wasn't long before I was back to work. It took me about twenty minutes to coat the entire yard and the deck with the water and Agent E solution. Half way through, I mixed another batch in the tank in order to finish the job. I only needed to make a half batch to get this yard completed. The mist was visible as we sprayed it on the plants, the yard, and the deck. It says it lasts up to a week in dry weather, so we gave it a rain free five days before asking Kaye and Cecile for the results.
Kaye says, "Less than twenty-four hours later, I was out on the deck. I was out less than one minute and I was bitten by three mosquitoes. They got worse each day after that."
Cecile agrees, "They weren't totally gone, but it was minimal. By the third or fourth evening was when it really seemed like it was kind of back to the same major mosquito problem that I had before you sprayed."
Because of the cost, the work involved, and our relentless mosquito problem here, we have to give it a NO for this week's "Does it Work?" test.
You can read more about the Mosquito86 by visiting the product website at http://www.mosquito86.com.
Web Extra: The good news is the Mosquito86 is extraordinarily easy to set up and use. The blower runs on a two cycle fuel mix and comes with a regular blower attachment. This time, we only tested the Agent E on mosquitoes and we are basing it upon the opinions of our two volunteers. They have both tried many different methods to control mosquitoes in each of their yards in the past. We had light rain earlier in the day of test, but both yards and other areas were mostly dry before application. The instructions do call for dry lawn before applying to get the week duration promised. The application claims to last at least a week with no rainfall. Of course, a week without rainfall in SWLA is pretty rare during the summer. We got five dry days so we based the opinion off that duration. We also based the opinion off the ease of use and performance compared to other products like candles and foggers. For the cost and the amount of work with an almost one to two day reapplication period due to our over-abundance of mosquitoes in Southwest Louisiana, it seems this does just about as good a job as other external mosquito repellants. So the miracle repellant is still out there waiting to be found. This product can still be utilized as a leaf blower since it comes with the original blower nozzle, so if you purchase one and are not impressed with the mosquito repelling abilities you can continue to use the blower! You can also purchase a Mosquito86 adaptor kit for the blower unit you already own.
"Mosquito 86 is shown to be highly effective in helping many homeowners with a mosquito problem, as we are pleased to hear it did for several days for Cecile Cutrer, one of the two station employees who participated in the product trial.
We are very surprised at the unusual results in Lake Charles, given that the product has performed well in so many other highly mosquito-prone areas throughout the country. What's more, it's used commercially in at least two mosquito-prone states.
Several factors may impact the effectiveness of Mosquito 86. In particular, rainfall immediately before or after an application may influence the product's effectiveness and duration. After applying Mosquito 86, homeowners can enjoy a mosquito- and insect-free yard for up to three weeks, depending on rainfall. If there's any chance the ground is wet, as might've been the case since the the story states that it rained earlier on the day of the tests, wait until it is dry before applying Mosquito 86."
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