2 Types of Mosquito Insecticides: Synthetic and Natural
There are 2 general types of mosquito insecticides available on the US market, each with its unique chemical composition and characteristics. Synthetic compounds belong to one of 4 families. Natural (plant-based) compounds have their own class of ingredients.
We will compare these chemicals with our own A-Niks proprietary concentrate.
Synthetic insecticides: 4 Families of Ingredients
1. Pyrethroids:Pyrethroids are synthetic compounds derived from pyrethrins, natural insecticides found in chrysanthemum flowers. Among the pyrethroids used in mosquito control: permethrin, cypermethrin, and deltamethrin.
Disadvantages: Some mosquito populations have developed resistance to pyrethroids, reducing their effectiveness. Additionally, they can be toxic to aquatic life and beneficial insects, such as bees.
2. Organophosphates:Organophosphates are a group of synthetic compounds that includes malathion, naled, and chlorpyrifos. These chemicals work by inhibiting the enzyme acetylcholinesterase, leading to the overstimulation of an insect’s nervous system.
Disadvantages: These compounds are more toxic to humans and pets than pyrethroids. They can also be harmful to non-target organisms, and have a higher environmental persistence.
3. Carbamates:Carbamates, like organophosphates, inhibit the enzyme acetylcholinesterase in insects. Examples: bendiocarb, propoxur.
Disadvantages: They pose a higher risk to humans, pets, and non-target organisms than pyrethroids, and some insects have developed resistance to carbamates.
4. Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs):IGRs interfere with the growth and development of insects, preventing them from reaching maturity. Examples of IGRs used in mosquito control: methoprene, pyriproxyfen.
Disadvantages: IGRs do not always kill adult mosquitoes instantly and are less effective in controlling adult mosquito populations.
Natural Insecticides: 6 Common Plants
Natural mosquito control insecticides, such as pyrethrins (derived from chrysanthemum flowers) and essential oils (e.g., eucalyptus, citronella, and lemon), can be effective in certain situations. They are generally less toxic to humans, pets, and non-target organisms than their synthetic counterparts.
A-Niks’ MosquitoGo system uses a concentrate made from essential oils. This natural formula is environmentally friendly and won’t adversely impact butterfly gardens, waterways, koi ponds, kids or pets.
Our proprietary formula is comprised of six active ingredients: garlic, rosemary, citronella, cedar, geraniol, and lemongrass oils. While each of these works well on its own, the combination creates effective, lab-proven results.
The solution adheres to your grass and plants, turning your entire outdoor space into an incredible pest-fighting machine. A-Niks’ MosquitoGo system effectively kills and repels mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and other biting pests. It creates a protection zone that covers your entire property.
MosquitoGo has been shown to kill at least 98% of mosquitoes and repel new ones for one to two weeks after application.