Effective and unobtrusive, mosquito traps can create a more comfortable and welcoming atmosphere in your backyard. Their power to attract and kill flying insects will reduce, and in some cases, virtually eliminate the mosquito population around your home.
New innovations in the mosquito trap industry include cordless models, light construction models, and others with wheels for maximum portability.
do they work?
Once lured in by the attractant, the insects are drawn into a vacuum and trapped in a net, where they dehydrate.
Mosquito Trap Specifications
Propane is the most effective way to produce CO2, which is the main attractant in many mosquito traps. It is generally combined with secondary attractants in order to create potent insect bait. Propane-based traps work around the clock and require a tank refill at regular intervals.
Propane alternatives often use a chemical attractant such as octenol, sometimes combined with another chemical that is similar to Lurex. It works well for larger breeds of mosquitoes, such as the Asian Tiger mosquito found in the Southern United States.
Other combinations include a propane primary attractant along with secondary attractions such as thermal imaging (warmth), moisture and octenol.
When should a mosquito trap be used?
In the warm climates of the southern hemisphere, mosquito traps are in use every day, all year round.
Where should a mosquito trap be set up?
Ideally, a trap should be installed upwind of any assumed mosquito breeding grounds. It will help reduce the mosquito population by capturing the females that are in search of warm-blooded prey.
Does a mosquito trap require maintenance?
Since capturing and eliminating mosquitoes can protect your family from certain serious diseases such as West Nile Virus, mosquito traps have an important function. And because most models do not use harmful chemicals or fogging techniques, they are deemed a safe product that can be used around children. So consider having a wonderful mosquito-free summer!