How Does a Fogging Machine Work? - MosquitoNix®

April 17, 2023 2 Comments

Nothing is better than spending time outdoors with family and friends on a sunny, fresh day. Looking forward to backyard cookouts and get-togethers are what gets most of us through the colder, darker months. With good food, good company and a little bit of sunshine, summers are a highlight of American living.

Unfortunately, good weather presents itself as a perfect opportunity for flying, biting insects, too. Most of us know what it is like for unwanted guests to crash outdoor events and dine on our dinner guests themselves. Mosquitos, black flies and other flying, biting pests are drawn to humans by our very smell and will swarm you, your family and your friends at any opportunity.

With a mosquito fogging machine, you can be sure to clear your outdoor space of annoying, and sometimes dangerous, flying pests for up to three days or longer.

MosquitoNix® has you covered and will help you protect your friends and family from the itchy irritation of mosquito bites, as well as mosquito-borne illnesses.

What is in a mosquito fogger?

A mosquito fogger is a machine that kills mosquitoes by turning an eco-friendly insecticide into a mist and pumping it into the air.

Why use a fogging machine?

Eliminating mosquitoes from your yard is always a good idea, especially since these flying insects can carry deadly diseases.

If you have a special event like a wedding or family reunion, you may want to use a mosquito fogger to treat your outdoor space. Using an eco-friendly insecticide to create a mosquito-killing mist, insect fogging machines are a perfect short-term solution to keep biting bugs away.

How does a mosquito fogging machine work?

Like other types of bug bombs and fogger machines, mosquito foggers fog by turning liquid pesticide into a mist and spraying that mist, or fog, into the air. Most foggers are either thermal or cold fogging machines, and each has its own benefits and uses.

Thermal foggers

These machines use propane or electricity to create a mist of large droplets. They work well to cover a large outdoor area, and the large droplets hang in the air long enough to kill adult mosquitoes. If you have an electric model, be sure to have a long enough extension cord to reach the nearest outlet.

Cold foggers

Unlike thermal mosquito fogging machines, cold foggers use air pressure to convert liquid insecticide into a fine mist of small particles, which is then sprayed into the air. This method works best in smaller areas such as a screened porch or patio. You can also use a cold fogging machine indoors, although you may want to keep children and pets out of the treated area for at least 10 minutes to prevent any irritation.

How long do fogging treatments last?

MosquitoNix fogging machines are guaranteed to keep flying insects away from treated areas for 72 hours. Many customers have discovered that their spaces are bug-free for two weeks or more after fogging their property.

Is fogging for mosquitoes effective?

Studies indicate a 90 percent reduction of mosquitoes occurs within the first week of using fogging machines, gradually dropping afterward. MosquitoNix offers a one-time application, with repeated treatments every three weeks or as needed. These treatments are perfect for wedding venues, concert centers, parks, farms and outdoor spaces.

Is fogging safe for kids and pets?

MosquitoNix Green is an all-natural solution fogging method free of pyrethrin, permethrins and cedar oil. Instead, this method uses natural, gentle ingredients like peppermint oil and clove extract, which are safe around dogs and cats (12 weeks or older), plus children. Also, this treatment is non-staining, so you won't have to worry about telltale signs when treating turf, asphalt or concrete.

Trust MosquitoNix to protect your outdoor lifestyle

Our team specializes in the placement and installation of fogging machines and will do everything within our power to deliver the results that you expect from our Texas born, US made products and systems.

Our exclusive QuickNix™ Fogging System employs a three-step process:

  1. Evaluation

One of our licensed specialists will evaluate your property to determine the best approach to mosquito control. We consider the size of the area, nearby bodies of water and use of property to determine the most effective solution for your needs.

  1. Application

Once you hire us to treat your property, our pest control expert uses a mosquito fogging machine to apply an eco-friendly formulation of fine mist droplets to your yard. After covering the yard, our technicians focus on thick foliage, bushes, ground cover plants and dense shrubs.

  1. Prevention

Mosquito foggers provide a practical yet temporary solution. To prevent the next round of mosquitoes from attacking, we apply repellent granules around the perimeter of your yard for added coverage. We then scour your property for standing water, typically found in low-lying spots in the lawn, near HVAC units, birdbaths, flowerpots and drains. We treat these areas with a larvicide to stop the next generation of mosquitoes from invading your property and becoming a nuisance.

MosquitoNix ® is proud to offer a wide range of mosquito and pest control options, both in residential and commercial settings. Our outdoor pest solutions work to keep your outdoor lifestyle mosquito free.

Contact MosquitoNix® - the national leader in mosquito control - to learn about the best way to control mosquitoes or to set up a free consultation.

Our on-site misting systems, portable misters and hands-on mosquito control services will help you Make Mosquitoes a Thing of the Past™. With our help, you can be sure to enjoy your outdoor spaces free from those annoying pests who are determined to make a meal of you.

2 Responses


October 22, 2018

Lisa, thank you for commenting and sharing your question with our readers. We would not recommend the use of a halloween fogger as they are not designed for this purpose. We do offer a portable unit called MosquitoNix On-The-Go which you can learn more about and purchase at or email to learn more. Also, depending on where you live one of our MosquitoNix service centers would be able to come out and provide a free estimate for mosquito fogging, which would be done by a trained and licensed individual. We hope this information is helpful. Have a nice day and we look forward to hearing from you again.

Lisa Gregory
Lisa Gregory

October 05, 2018

Would a halloween fogger be able to work with insect fog juice? Asking for a friend ;)

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