Frequently Asked Questions
What is a misting system?
It is a system specifically designed to automatically deliver a fine mist of insecticide formulation at pre-set time intervals which helps eliminate a wide range of insects. Some of which include: mosquitoes, flies, wasps, and spiders in and around residential area, backyards and outdoor spaces.
Who invented the system?
Carl Cunningham, Pyranha Incorporated’s founder created and patented the first automatic misting system in 1972 for the control of flies in horse barns and called it SprayMaster™. More than three decades later the basic SprayMaster™ design is still the model for all misting systems in the market.
How does the SprayMaster™ system work?
The SprayMaster™ System consists of a 1/2 horsepower electric motor-driven pump controlled by a solid state electronic timer that is programmed to turn the unit on at specific intervals, operate for a set period of time, and then turn off. A series of spray nozzles emits specially formulated insecticide to control flies, mosquitoes, gnats and other flying insects.
What kind of insecticide is used in SprayMater™ systems?
We recommend that SprayMaster™ and other misting systems be refilled with the highest quality pyrethrums and Permethrin (a synthetic form of pyrethrum) 1-10HP, 1-10HPS, Zero-Bite™, Bug Armor™ and Stock Guard™ are considered premium formulations that control a wider range of insects than competitive products. Bug Armor™ and Stock Guard™ even helps control spiders!
Will Pyranha insecticide work in my non-Pyranha system?
Yes, Pyranha concentrate is the original misting system concentrate designed exclusively for automatic misting systems and will make any well made automatic misting system more effective and will produce less clogging.
Who can answer my questions about my system?
Pyranha has technical personnel that are happy to assist, most questions are resolved easily by shooting us an email or giving us a call at 1.800.231.2966
How to do I winterize my SprayMaster System?
- Disconnect the line at the elbow (next to pressure gauge) and open the bleed valve at the end.
- Using an air compressor, blow liquid from the line until dry.
- Lift the top and raise the intake filter out of the liquid; set timer switch to “ON” and run briefly to eliminate any liquid in the equipment.
- If you do not have a compressor, keep line disconnected at elbow to empty the lines of as much liquid as possible. Leave intake line and filter separated from liquid.
- If the insecticide liquid freezes during the winter, you will need to stir the contents before reusing.
(Reconnecting System After Winterizing)
- After stirring the contents of your barrel, replace the top of the system taking care not to crimp the intake line, return line or float line.
- Open bleed valve and run system long enough to remove the air in the lines.
- Check your timer to verify the time is correct and the settings are correct.
What is Pyrethrum?
Pyrethrum is an insecticide derived from a plant extract of the species of the genus Chrysanthemum (Daisy), native to southwestern Asia, Australia and Africa, whose aromatic flower heads, when powdered, constitute the active ingredient Pyrethrin. The main active ingredients in Pyrethrin is a mixture of four compounds: Pyrethrin I and II and Cinerin II and I.
Is Pyrethrum harmful?
Pyrethrum has shown to have low level of toxicity to mammals. This family of insecticides is EPA registered for use in many household products and livestock treatment as well for treating unwanted pests in edible plants and fruits. Used properly and at the concentrations stated in the label instructions, Pyrethrum should not be harmful. Pyrethrum and Permethrin related products should always be used in accordance to the product label instructions. Also be sure to check out our Zero-Bite™ product which combines the goodness of natural products like geraniol, wintergreen, peppermint and coconut and contains zero chemical pesticides. ZERO!
Will pyrethrum harm my pets?
No, If used properly as directed in the label Pyrethrum is considered to have a low toxicity to humans and pets (mammals). Pyrethrum insecticides have been used in agriculture and equine applications for over 40 years, with no known harmful effects.