Fogging machines are changing the game regarding pest control or disinfecting an area faster, whether indoors or outdoors today (Below) in this article, I will cover general pricing with pictures of residential to industrial portable foggers and conveniently available online.
Fogger Machine Prices
In general, a fogger machine, whether propane or butane, corded-electric, cordless, or gasoline-powered, can range as low as $15 to $20,000 or more. The industrial truck-mounted fogger with a small gasoline engine is in the higher price range, while the corded-electric fogger is in the lower price range of all. Although consumers typically spend about $235 on average for a non-industrial fogger. In addition, fogging is the fastest, most effective, and most economical method for outdoor mosquito control, cleaning, or sanitizing.
Average Fogger Machine Price
Fogger Machine Price by Power Option
Propane Fogger Prices
Propane or butane-powered foggers can cost anywhere from $40 to $400 or more, averaging $220.
Corded Electric Fogger Machine Prices
A corded electric-powered fogger can cost anywhere from $15 to $7,000 or more, averaging $3,508.
Cordless Fogger Machine Prices
A Cordless battery-powered fogger can cost around $70 to $4,000 or more, with an average of $2,035.
Gasoline Fogger Machine Prices
Gasoline-powered foggers are in the higher price range and can cost as low as $100 to $20,000 or more, with an average of $10,050.
The Advantage of Using a Fogger Machine
The advantage of using a fogger machine is the instant and extreme fog produced by the machine. In addition, there is no shortage of gaps that are often present when using a traditional sprayer. Therefore, the fine mist from a fogger will completely cover the surface, resulting in a better and faster process for things like cleaning or disinfection and insect treatment.
11 Easy Steps on How to Use a Handheld Propane Fogger Machine
(Below) I will cover eleven easy and simple steps to start and use your propane fogger to get you started as follows.
- Prepare the fogger: Make sure that the propane valve of the fogger is wholly closed or off.
- Inspect and make sure that there is no dust or debris in the fogger and propane cylinder connection.
- Insert the propane cylinder and hand-tighten it.
- Take the cap off the solution tank and fill it with the desired repellent.
- Start the fogger: First, open the propane valve of the fogger.
- Press the power button; note that it can sometimes be challenging to see the flame, so keep your distance from the fogger’s mesh burner at all times.
- Once the fogger is on, it is crucial to allow the fogger to preheat for at least two minutes.
- Start fogging: Start strolling and aim the fogger at the selected area.
- Press the fogger trigger every three to four seconds to produce a white mist.
- If liquid drips from the nozzle, reduce the pumping speed.
- It is best to fog in the evening where mosquitoes hide in shrubs, ground covers, woody areas, and dense foliage.
Typically, a tiny portable propane fogger can create a mosquito-free zone for about six hours.
How to Use a Corded Electric Fogger Machine
I recommend tying a knot with the cord connected directly to the motor when using an electric backpack fogger. Use the base of the fogger to make a loop with the cord and pull on it. For example, if you pull too much on the cord, you will draw on the cord itself and not the electric motor. In addition, if you are using an extension cord with your fogger, be sure to make a quick knot between the two cords before you start. Always be sure to read the owner’s manual and all the safety information it contains before you start using your new fogger.
It is best to tighten the solution tank cap securely, which will help the motor to build up pressure and maintain it more easily. Electric backpack foggers have an on/off switch; for example, if you turn the switch to the on position, the motor will activate with a strong air jet. Once you have the electric fogger turned on, you will have to adjust the flow rate with the knob that changes the size of the solution droplets coming out of the fogger.
Some foggers have an adjustable flow size of 20 to 50 microns. And to put things in perspective, fifty microns is the size of a human hair, while twenty microns is even smaller. Therefore, a fogger with a size of 20 to 50 microns can produce a mist with tiny droplets that can hold onto surfaces when cleaning or disinfecting areas such as a kitchen or bathrooms.
How Does a Thermal Fogger Machine Work
A thermal fogger machine essentially pressurizes a fluid injected into a column of superheated air. It instantly atomizes it to particle sizes between five and fifty microns. Usually, thermal foggers are manufactured with stainless steel, Teflon, and Viton rubber materials for ease of maintenance and, more importantly, to extend their service life. Standard features on these machines include a six-liter solution tank, a 1.5-liter fuel tank, and a carburetor, to name a few. You will find a fuel flow switch and a fuel/air mixture adjustment screw on the carburetor.
Also, these machines have a pulse jet ignition chamber and a battery compartment that houses standard D-type batteries. Most thermal foggers have a barrel protected by a heat shield, as the ignition chamber and barrel get very hot when in use. Moving down the barrel from the solution tank, you will see an outlet valve, the outlet tube, and the injection nozzle towards the front of the barrel.
The power switch is usually a red button near the handle or next to the priming pump. Now that you know the elementary composition of the machine; (below), let’s continue with eight easy steps on how to use a thermal fogger.
8 Easy Steps on How to Use a Thermal Fogger Machine
Before starting the machine, check that the solution and fuel tanks are full and that the solution and fuel flow switches are turned off. Check that the batteries are charged by holding down the ignition and listening for an electrical spark. Regardless of the solution you use, be sure to read the user’s manual and take all necessary precautions.
Thermal fogging machines are also suitable for insecticides, pesticides, odor neutralizers, and many other solutions. In addition, these machines are commonly used in farms, food processing plants, public areas, factories, warehouses, schools, and grain mills. (Below) I will cover how to use a thermal fogger machine in eight easy steps as follows.
- Hold down the ignition with the fuel button off while slowly pumping the priming pump three to five times to prime the carburetor.
- Then, with the fuel button in the on position, continue to hold the ignition and pump a little faster.
- As the machine starts, begin pumping and let the machine build up a steady pace, and release the ignition.
- Open the solution tank valve to the on position and wait a few seconds for vapor or smoke to exit the cannon to initiate fogging.
- Start moving the cannon slowly from side to side or up and down to reach the selected area or target.
- Usually, the fogging distance should be about thirty to forty feet when a thermal fogger is used.
- Turn the solution flow switch to the clean position to turn the machine off, usually halfway between on and off in some machines.
- .Allow the machine to run for about thirty seconds, then turn off the solution and fuel valve switches.
Finally, it is essential to note that most thermal fogging machines have a life expectancy of between four and six years.